Making something old and loved, new again
My father recently gave me a footstool he had as a child. It had definitely seen better days, but it was still solid and sturdy. I wanted to give it a new life after all the years of service it had put in for his family – it was definitely not ready to be trashed. Although I skipped a few steps at the end, cause you know how I forget to take pictures, here is how to reupholster a footstool.
First thing to do was to remove all the old materials.
Then I replaced the foam cushion, using a carving knife to cut the foam. I bought it specifically at a thrift store for $1.00 – works like a charm!
I used this spray on adhesive to attach the foam to the stool.
I covered the top with foam and added cotton to the top and sides. Then used batting over the whole thing.
Thick foam makes for a comfortable seat.
And of course, I don’t have a photo of the act of stapling the batting and fabric, since I was doing it by myself. I must figure out how to grow that third arm :p
Here is how it turned out!
And a quick before and after.
I am really happy with how it turned out. So much more cushy to sit on, which the kids do when they are playing games or I am braiding their hair. The fabric is a remnant I bought from JoAnn’s which is super strong, so it should stand up to as much foot and butt traffic as we can throw at it.
I love saving old pieces of furniture, but it is even better when it’s a piece that brings back memories of childhood to my dad.
Here are a few of my favorite footstool makeovers from Pinterest. (click on pictures to be brought to the website or Pinterest pin)
I loved all the color on such a previously stuffy piece – so much fun!
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