Upcycling a Footstool

1 Jun

Ages ago Katie kindly gave me this lovely footstool that once belonged to her grandmother. I’d been looking for one to do up for a while and this was exactly what I’d been looking for. It’s already been well used in my house but I finally got round to doing it up.

I started by stripping off all the old fabric and padding and giving the whole thing a good clean. I found fabric I liked in Fabrics Galore (Wandsworth Road, London) and wadding in The Crafty Sewer in Tooting.

I cut the wadding to size and lightly secured it on the footstool top with glue. Then I wrapped the fabric around it and got out the trusty staple gun. Halfway through it was obvious that the wadding wasn’t up to the job so I cut a second piece and layered them together. I’m still not completely happy though so any tips from furniture restorers on where to find proper wadding would be much appreciated. It does the job well enough for now though so I finished stapling the fabric securely round the top with a firm even stretch across the top.

I wanted to keep it dark wood but freshen it up, so the next step was to give the wooden base a good sand and a new coat of varnish. This was more difficult than I thought because some of the vanish came off easily and other parts were more difficult so it too a lot of elbow grease to get an even tone. You can still see the grain but I like that.

Two coats of varnish and the footstool is finished. Thank you Katie!


8 Responses to “Upcycling a Footstool”

  1. marycnasser 02/06/2012 at 2:29 pm #

    What a gorgeous makeover!
    It’s like you gave this a bit of the fountain of youth! The made-over footstool is so bright and beautiful now!!

    So nice to meet you through BYW 2.0!
    All the best,

    • Hannah 02/06/2012 at 3:33 pm #

      Thanks Mary!

    • Katie 02/06/2012 at 8:11 pm #

      Thanks Mary – great to meet you too! It looks like it’s going to be a great course 🙂 x

  2. geraldine 02/06/2012 at 8:27 pm #

    What a lovely makeover. Love the striking pink, sure to be an instant lift to any room.

    Hope you enjoy BYW 2.0

    Geraldine x

  3. lovelysimplenow 03/06/2012 at 6:45 am #

    Wow! I have a similar footstool from my late grandmother that could use a facelift, and now that I’ve seen how gorgeous they can turn out, I might actually try it! I love your finished product. Beautiful!

    • Hannah 03/06/2012 at 7:06 am #

      Thanks! Send us a picture of yours when you’ve finished.

  4. Blenda 05/06/2012 at 3:23 pm #

    Hi there, from BYW. Really love the way your little footstool turned out…it’s so cute! The step by step are great too. My best,

  5. Deepa 05/06/2012 at 5:35 pm #

    I really like the print you used. Great job!

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