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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!
The hardest part of this DIY, was removing the original fabric. These people did a really good job. Ha!
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.
I debated on replacing the foam, but it was still in such good shape, I left it.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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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.
I then stapled this onto the bottom of the stool. This finished it off perfectly!
This was oddly satisfying. Lol Even if it is a little off center.
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
Check out the difference!
How to Transform a Thrifted Footstool!
Aren't these fabulous?!
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