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How to Transform a Thrifted Footstool into Something Fabulous!

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I found two of these footstools at the Goodwill while we were in Florida at my sister’s. I rarely know exactly what my plans are for any particular piece, but I always have a vision of the potential. They were only $6 each, so they came home with me. Let me show you how to transform a thrifted footstool into something fabulous!

removing fabric from an old stool

The hardest part of this DIY, was removing the original fabric. These people did a really good job. Ha! 

removing fabric from an old stool

Here is the shell of the stool. I took it town to bare bones. I thought about just covering the old fabric, but I was afraid it might show through, especially if it ever got wet, so I decided to remove it. 

shell of an old footstool after removing the original fabric and legs

I didn’t mention it before, but the legs were just screwed in, so we removed those first. 

shell of an old footstool after removing the original fabric and legs

I debated on replacing the foam, but it was still in such good shape, I left it. 

adding new fabric to an old footstool

The fabric that I chose for the stool was this Christmas print that I picked up at Hobby Lobby last year I believe. I remember when I bought it, again, I had no immediate plans, but I knew I would eventually use it. Today was that day. 

adding new fabric to an old footstool

After laying it out onto the fabric, I just eyeballed how much I would need and made rough cuts. I then rounded the corners, just so I wouldn’t have so much extra fabric. You don’t have to do this step, though. 

stapling on new fabric onto an old footstool / how to transform a thrifted footstool

Then I just started stapling the fabric onto the underside of the footstool! I stapled one side, then moved to the opposite side. Then I moved on to the adjacent sides. This method helps to keep the fabric tight and even. Get my staple gun >>HERE<< on Amazon!

stapling on new fabric onto an old footstool

After I attached four opposite sides, I moved on to the corners. I would gather a section, pull tight, then staple. There were pleats along the sides because of this, but it’s hard for there not to be, and it still looks great!

stapling on new fabric onto an old footstool

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Once I had everything stapled, I started to work on finishing the bottom. I used black felt and cut circles out of it a little smaller than the size of the stool. 

cutting circles out of felt to finish the bottom of a footstool

I then stapled this onto the bottom of the stool. This finished it off perfectly!

adding felt to finish the bottom of a footstool

This was oddly satisfying. Lol Even if it is a little off center. 

adding felt to finish the bottom of a footstool

The last thing I did was add the feet back. I just used my scissors to make holes in the fabric where the legs go and screwed them back on. Now you almost can’t tell that the felt is off centered a bit. Almost. Lol

thrifted footstool transformed into a christmas stool

Check out the difference!

thrift store footstool transformation / how to transform a thrifted footstool

How to Transform a Thrifted Footstool!

thrift store footstool transformation

Aren't these fabulous?!

thrift store footstool transformation

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  1. Dolly

    L’Briska that turned out terrific. Now that I would do a double take on because of the shape and the cute fabric. Yoou’re right, I would have ignored them in the store as they were. Tha’ts the difference between a person like yourself with a natural creative eye, and myself who usually only sees an item for what it is. I’m doing better, but not much. I sure hope that someday I get there. I’m 68 so if my eye hasn’t developed by now, well, chances are unless I live until 100, it probably won’t develop enough! lol`

  2. Lori Rivera

    The foot stools came out fantastic, great job!!!

    1. JRandLBriska

      Thank you so much, Ms Lori!

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