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Turn that old metal porch decor into an adorable new seat or footstool! Let me show you this step by step Wrought Iron Plant Stand Transformation and you will be confident to transform one that you have, too! Make sure to check out our other Thrift Flips while you’re here!
Supplies needed for this project :
- Old plant stand
- Wooden round
- Fabric of choice
- Cable clips
- Staple gun
- Hot glue
1. Cut a Wooden Round
We decided to turn this plant stand into a seat or footstool, so we needed a cushion. The first thing you need for that is a piece of wood for the backing. If you want this for a low profile seat, make sure you use at least a 1/2″ thick piece of wood. We used 1/2″ birch plywood that we had from another project. Since we needed a bit of an overhang, we traced about 1/2′ outside the circle with a pencil.
Once our circle was drawn, we used a jigsaw to cut the circle out.
After it was cut, I sanded the edges a bit to clean it up. If you don’t have access to power tools, you can always find wooden rounds at your local hardware store or craft stores.
2. Make a Cushion
I found several really pretty fat quarters from the Dollar Tree recently, and this was the one we decided to use for our cushion.
Sorry for the quality of these next photos, they were screenshot from a live video. We started off by adding fiberfill to the top of the wooden circle with the help of hot glue to make it stay.
We then flipped it over and sat it down into the middle of a fat quarter of fabric, wrong side up.
Next, we started stapling the fabric to the piece of wood. I was holding the fabric and my husband was doing the stapling, but you could definitely do this yourself. Just be careful with the staple gun. We did opposite sides first, then made our way around each curve until it was completely stapled all the way around.
You will have a bit of an overhang of your fabric, and you can just use scissors to cut that extra away.
This is what it should look like after you’re finished stapling. You can also add a piece of felt to finish the back like in this Christmas Footstool Project, but we decided not to in this case.
3. Attach the Cushion to the Plant Stand
Typically, we would just drill holes into the base or legs of a footstool to attach to a cushion, but this is wrought iron and drilling holes was not an option. So our solution were these EZ Cable Clips! These things are genius!
They fit snugly around the metal band and you screw them right into the back board of the cushion. We attached these clips in four places and that seemed efficient.
And that was it! Our foot stool or low profile seat was complete!
I hope you enjoyed this Wrought Iron Plant Stand Transformation and that it inspires you to make something similar for your home decor! Make sure to join our email family so we can keep in touch!