Lovely friends, welcome back! I am working my way through thrifty haul #2 and the next item on the chopping block is this tufted footstool I scored for only $12:
What a bargain! I fell in love with the legs and the bow front on this beauty right away, and it was so super soft and comfy. That’s where the love affair ended though because the rest was crying SOS.
When I first saw it I actually thought I might just buy it for the legs and maybe I could use them on something else. But after staring at it in my garage for a few days, I decided I would just recover it.
The title of this post suggests I may have cheated in some way in tackling this project, and that is true!
First, here is how this beauty looks now:
And yes I totally cheated these tufts:
And of course I am going to share my dirty secrets with all of you.
So to start this makeover, I removed the existing piping and residual staples:
Then I painted the legs in my favorite white…Bit of Sugar from Behr made into DIY chalk paint. (Find the recipe HERE.)
I sanded here and there and everywhere with 220 grit sand paper, and then sealed using my new-to-me Behr clear wax. Yep that’s a thing…I just found it last weekend at The Home Depot. So far I like that it doesn’t stink to high heaven, but the jury is still out on its durability.
I paused here to run to Hobby Lobby to pick up a button covering kit and to my surprise, I also found this fabric that looks almost just like my favorite frenchy fabric from the past that I used to buy at Hancock Fabrics before they went out of business. I love it because while it is still considered a neutral, it also has stain-camouflaging super powers, perfect for a foot stool!
I just had to use it for this project. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
I cut the fabric about four inches longer than where it needed to be all around:
I left the original fabric and tufted areas including the buttons intact as is. All of the buttons were still securely in place.
Then I pulled out my trusty glue gun and got busy. I dropped a good sized dollop of glue in the first tufted hole like so:
Then I used the blunt end of this saw to push the fabric down in the hole for about 10 seconds:
Me pushing blunt end in hole…
Just long enough for me to not burn my fingerprints off and then for the next 30 seconds or so, I held the fabric down in there with my fingertips.
I kept going all the way across the middle:
Then I moved to the outer rows, starting with the center of each:
I kept going until all were done, using the tufts on the original stool of course as a guide. The glue will hold perfectly over time just as long as no one takes a hair dryer to the tufts or stores this in a very hot attic or storage unit.
You can see above that I created pleats where the tufts were, just as in the original cover underneath.
When I had stapled all the way around, I trimmed very closely to the edge using my fabric scissors. It helps to have sharp scissors for this step:
To cover the staples, I needed to make double welt trim. Don’t run yet! You will need a machine for this, but it is super easy to make! Or you can buy gimp trim to trim it out instead.
I share a complete step-by-step tutorial on how to make double welt trim HERE.
Then I just hot glued it in place:
The final step was to cover the buttons to go in the tufted areas.
I found a button covering kit at Hobby Lobby that had everything needed to do this, and I also purchased three refill packs for this project:
The instructions are easy to follow and in about 15 minutes or so I had the ten buttons I needed:
One actually says “HAM” so I decided to do an extra to replace that one.
I knew these would be held in place with hot glue as well, so I decided to add a little bit of string to the back of each one so the glue would have something to hold onto:
Then I just hot glued them in place! I had to hold each one down for about a minute to be sure they were stuck down in there good!
I didn’t realize what that button in the corner said until I was editing these photos…I think “HAM” would have been more appropriate ha ha!
So I totally cheated, but can you tell??
I had no clue if this would even work so I am thrilled that it did!
This clock came from HomeGoods and usually lives on the wall in my office. Isn’t it awesome?
Well I hope ya’ll enjoyed this transformation today!
I still have plenty more pieces to go…
If you missed my first two makeovers from this lot, you can catch up here:
This pretty gate leg drop leaf side table is up next:
I’ll be back on Thursday sharing what I did with it!
Update: This pretty little thang gave me some trouble, but I finally got it done! See how it looks now HERE! 🙂
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