Footstool Fun ~ 30 Minute Makeover

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Making your house your home doesn’t have to break the bank. Today, it’s all about this sweet little footstool I scored while thrifting. It’s in excellent shape, but seriously needing an update, right?

Thrifted Footstool Before | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

At least those faux brass Queen Anne style legs are something to admire.

Footstool Queen Anne Legs | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I’d like to show you how to makeover this vintage piece in 30 minutes with basic upholstery skills, so that it matches your decor, and adds style and function to your room.

The whole time I was trying to snap a before picture, my youngest was toddling around with her bottle of bubbles in hand trying to find somewhere to sit….and so she sits.

Baby Girl Sitting on Thrifted Footstool | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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Can’t get any sweeter! So…maybe this is a bench for babies? ♥

Alright, back to the project. Let’s get started!

First, flip that stool over and remove the legs. Typically, they’re screwed on and you can use a drill or screwdriver – whichever is easiest for you. It looked as if my stool was an animal gone belly up and begging me to love on it.

Removing Legs from Thrifted Footstool | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Next, using a staple using a staple gun, staple the fabric to the bottom perimeter, being sure to keep the fabric taught and straight. I find it easiest to attach 1 or 2 staples to the farthest side and then turn and go to the opposing side and attach a couple to test your fabric layout. Just flip it over and make sure you like how it looks. That way if you need to make adjustments, you don’t have to yank a thousand staples out.

Removing Old Footstool Upholstery | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalapieces.com

Not in too bad of shape, but still needing some TLC. Now you’ll grab your fabric of choice and lay it right side down, and place your batting on top of the fabric. Center your footstool in the middle of the fabric and batting.

Cutting New Footstool Upholstery | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I’m using a remnant piece of fabric, but you can see I cut my batting about 3″ bigger than the size of my stool – enough to go up and over the sides.

Next, you staple the fabric to the bottom perimeter, being sure to keep the fabric taught and straight. I find it easiest to attach 1 or 2 staples to the closest side and then go to the opposing side and attach a couple to test your fabric layout. Just flip it over and make sure you like how it looks. That way if you need to make adjustments, you don’t have to yank a thousand staples out.

Stapling New Footstool Upholstery | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

After that, staple the rest on, being sure to keep it snug. (My dog flees when he sees that stapler coming…tee hee hee).

The legs of the stool weren’t too bad to look at, but after I put them on as-is, I just didn’t care for the faux brass look. The solution? Spray paint!

I find using a cardboard tray from a bulk food store, makes a great spray painting spot for small items.

Spray Painting Footstool Legs | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

My choice from my stash is another favorite by Rust-Oleum: Heirloom White.

Rust-Oleum Heirloom White Spray Paint for Footstool | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Obviously, you’re going to need to do more than one coat, and the dry-time will be more than our 30 minute window. The whole work of the project takes about 30 minutes give or take, and can easily be done in less than a day.

Ready for the sweet reveal?

Doesn’t it look refreshed and more suited for my decor? It pairs well with my $3 garage sale channel back chair I recently upholstered.

Prairie Style Footstool and Room Decor | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Grain Sack Style Footstool | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I love the fabric and it’s grain sack appeal, and those legs are toned down to give it a neutral feel.

Close Up of Grain Sack Upholstered Footstool | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Though you may think I would keep this beauty, I’m actually on a mission to rebuild a footstool made from cast iron legs that belonged to a stool my grandmother had. Aren’t they pretty?

Antique Cast Iron Footstool Legs | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

If you like the  footstool from this project, and want it for your own, you can find it in my shop. (SOLD)

Shop Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Prairie Style Footstool Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I hope you enjoyed this mini makeover and would love it if you would pin and share! ♥

Thirty Minute Thrifted Footstool Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

My next project…a vanity destined for the landfill gets a makeover from top to bottom. eep! You can see the transformation HERE.

Vintage Vanity Left out for Trash Gets French Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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8 Comments

  • Ellen Braunberger

    Got me, twice! I own both the magazine rack and that footstool. Are you stalking my house for projects for me?! I’ve changed the fabric several times, now I have to spray the legs!

    July 13, 2015 at 9:29 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Great minds think alike, right, Ellen? It’s fun to change it up on a whim. 🙂

      July 15, 2015 at 2:33 am Reply
  • Marie@The Interior Frugalista

    How adorable is your daughter for innocently needing a spot to blow bubbles! I like the fabric you choose for your footstool makeover Larissa. Looking forward to seeing what you do with that destined for the landfill…whaaaaaaat, dresser.

    July 13, 2015 at 1:14 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It was hilarious, Marie! She sighed as soon as she sat and then giggled a little bit. Yes, that dressing table was curbside and I nearly fainted!

      July 15, 2015 at 2:33 am Reply
  • Judy G

    your little girl is adorable–how clever she is–
    great result

    August 21, 2015 at 11:41 am Reply
    • Larissa

      She’s a spunky little girl…so fun! Thanks for stopping by, Judy.

      August 22, 2015 at 8:07 am Reply
  • Alyssa

    I love seeing things repurposed like this. Love it in that room!

    April 3, 2017 at 2:32 pm Reply
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