March 24, 2011

My Creative Space......'Footstool Makeover'

Apart from all the chaos here today associated with last minute preparations for Finders Keepers on the weekend, we've squeezed in  a few minutes to do a makeover of a footstool that we bought a few weeks ago at a garage sale up the road for $2.

Before Photo

She has great character don't you think?  She just looks a little tired and grubby and needs a little bit of loving.  I started, with the aid of my little helper, by stripping back her covers and removing all the old rusty staples.  I loved the brightly coloured threads I found underneath.

Makeover Process

Next I gave her legs a light rub with some steel wool to get them nice and smooth and to remove a few little rub marks she had accumulated.  With a light rub of furniture oil here legs were gleaming.  We chose our brand new 'Leaves' fabric in slate to recover her with, using the old cover as a pattern, and stretched and stapled the fabric on the base. 

After Photo

And voila!  With less than an hours worth of effort, we turned our $2 footstool into this modernised little beauty.  What do you think?

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  1. What a beauty! What is it with looming deadlines and the desire to make something 'just for us'? Looking forward to seeing you at FK! Jo x

  2. It's gorgeous! There's nothing like some stylish fabric and a staple gun to breath new life into an old piece of furniture.

  3. You've done a sensational job. The footstool came up beautifully.

  4. Beautiful! I bought one very similar just this week with thoughts of recovering.

  5. Uh oh. Really wish you hadn't visited my blog because now that I've found yours I fear it may be very difficult to resist your fabrics! The footstool transformation is nothing short of amazing! Love that a small person was involved in some of the labour too. That's the spirit!

  6. Love the makeover - simply gorgeous!

  7. good job guys. nicely done and love the new fabric.

  8. I've been on the lookout for a footstool for ages. Jealous of yours, and v.impressed at the makeover!

  9. I love how you made a blog about a footstool cool and interesting. That rocks. Love your blog!