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Give dated furniture a new lease of life!
I bought this footstool from a charity shop a couple of years ago, intending to use it for a refashioning project. The wood was a horrible orange colour and the upholstery was dated and worn. It was very sad looking and was marked and chipped in places. Since then it has been carted from house to house and was sat next to the tv gently taunting me! When I saw this beautiful bumblebee fabric, I knew it would be perfect for this project. I am so pleased with the result as it looks so cute and pretty now!

Posted by Libby W. from Whitehaven, England, United Kingdom • Published See Libby W.'s 83 projects »
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  • How to make a stool. Footstool Refashion - Step 1
    Step 1

    Separate the cushion from the base of the footstool. I used a kitchen knife and a bit of elbow grease for this.

  • How to make a stool. Footstool Refashion - Step 2
    Step 2

    Once I had done this I was left with nails sticking up from the wood. I pulled these out with a pair of pliers.

  • How to make a stool. Footstool Refashion - Step 3
    Step 3

    Separate all the pieces. I pulled out the draws, took off the magazine rack bit and the knobs. Wipe it all down ready for painting.

  • How to make a stool. Footstool Refashion - Step 4
    Step 4

    Paint everything with the chalkboard paint. I did several coats leaving things to dry between stages.

  • How to make a stool. Footstool Refashion - Step 5
    Step 5

    When the paint was dry I applied a layer of wax to give it some shine and make it more hard wearing. This is the paint and wax that I used.

  • How to make a stool. Footstool Refashion - Step 6
    Step 6

    Now the fun part - covering the cushion! I ironed my fabric so that it had no unsightly creases and was ready for use.

  • How to make a stool. Footstool Refashion - Step 7
    Step 7

    I decided not to remove the old fabric, as I thought this would be fiddly. As my cushion sits on top of the stool it doesn't matter if I had a little extra bulk. I trimmed away some of the old fabric so that it was as neat as possible.

    I laid the cushion on top of the fabric and cut round it leaving a generous allowance.

  • How to make a stool. Footstool Refashion - Step 8
    Step 8

    I then folded the fabric over the footstool, careful to keep it taut, gluing as I went.

    You could use staples rather than glue here, if you have a staple gun. This would hold the fabric in place better and probably last longer.

  • How to make a stool. Footstool Refashion - Step 9
    Step 9

    At the corners I tucked in the excess fabric, making a little triangle and then gluing everything down.

  • How to make a stool. Footstool Refashion - Step 10
    Step 10

    Finally I put the knobs back on the drawers and glued the cushion back on the base.

    The magazine rack didn't make it back on as I decided it looked better without it.

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Kevin Huggins
Kevin Huggins
Fantastic!
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Helen W.
Helen W. · Carlisle, England, GB · 56 projects
Looks great! That bee fabric is lovely Happy
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C.J. M.
C.J. M. · Ouddorp, South Holland, NL · 3 projects
So cute! Love
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