Upholstered Footstool ~ A One-Legged Wonder

Last week in my kitchen remodel update (you have to see how we’re moving along!), I showed you that I would be giving this one-legged wonder a makeover. This was an upholstered footstool I found laying beside the curbside settee that got an upholstery makeover too, so why not this little guy, right?

Curbside Vintage Footstool Gets Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I mean, I couldn’t just leave it there looking dysfunctional and needing some love. I snatched it up along with that settee and the rest of this goodness. See how the tripod became something new HERE.

Collection of Curbside Finds by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

So, I headed to my hardware store and picked up some new legs and brackets and got to work.

Repairing Vintage Upholstered Footstool | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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Since the old leg brackets had a larger diameter hole that the leg fed through, I removed those with my drill and replaced them with the new. Sorry for the fuzzy pic on this one – it’s sometimes hard to snap a picture of yourself one-handed!

Replacing Upholstered Footstool Brackets | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Next, off came the upholstery. It’s sometimes therapeutic to yank off disgusting fabric and get down to bare bones. Ever tried it? It isn’t uncommon to find layers of fabric, and the original must have been pretty at some point.

Original Upholstery on Footstool | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I was excited how fast it all was coming off until I ran into these…sigh…

Upholstery Tack on Vintage Footstool | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Seeing those nails made my hands begin to hurt. So after what seemed like a hundred nails removed later, I finally got down to skeleton of this upholstered footstool.

When trying to decide what style to go with, and whether it should be skirted or not, this color combo jumped out at me and I decided to run with it. It’s a heavy dark denim with a small blue ticking-type stripe.

Denim and Ticking Upholstery for Footstool | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

This is the remnant I have from making my son’s birthday gift – a messenger bag fit for ornithologists (bird lovers).

DIY Messenger Bag with Graphics Fairy Applique by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

When recovering something as basic as an upholstered footstool, you just need to replace the batting and add about 2″ to the diameter of the stool when cutting your fabric.

Layering New Upholstery for Vintage Footstool | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

To attach the fabric, I use my brad nailer / staple gun with staples and created pleats around the edge to make it lay flat.

Stapling on Upholstery to Footstool | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Once the main denim fabric was on, I cut the striped fabric into a strip 1½” wide and a few inches longer than the circumference of my stool. sidenote: In case you’re wondering how to find circumference of a circle, the formula is C=πD (or 3.14 multiplied times the diameter of the circle). Homeschooling six kids comes in handy all the time. tsk.

The strip of fabric was folded into thirds to create a nice contrast around the diameter of the stool. I tacked it on using some of my leftover upholstery tacks from the leather bench my husband and I built. You can see it HERE.

Rustic Leather Bench by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Now this once cast-off upholstered footstool has a fresh new look and is ready for its new home. This sweet piece is now available in my shop. (SOLD)

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Denim Upholstered Footstool by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I love the sweet style of this little upholstered footstool and the classic lines it has. Perfectly suited to function in any setting with the denim fabric.

A Once Curbside Footstool Gets a Modern Update by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I had fun pairing this with a sweet gift from a reader who knew my passion for feedsacks and my linen chair. Isn’t that advertisement sweet?

Vintage Feedsack Pillow | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

My one-legged wonder has a happy ending and I hope it inspires you to see past the obvious ugly to see the possibilities of the new.

Thrifted Baskets, Books, and Footstool Home Decor by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Top of Upholstered Denim Footstool by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Do pin and share to inspire others to try it too! ♥

A Tossed Out Upholstered Footstool is Made New by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Ever since I refinished my own sideboard / buffet and sold it in my shop, I have had custom requests coming in for buffets. This one the latest for my recent order. I’ll be sharing the makeover in this post. Come see!

Vintage Custom Buffet Before Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com
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  • Mary-the boondocks blog

    That looks just adorable. And now it’s legs can be shown off too! Not hidden under a skirt! Getting bold, are we?

    March 29, 2016 at 10:20 am Reply
  • Debrashoppeno5

    Little stools are so precious. This one looks so sweet with the denim fabric.

    March 29, 2016 at 6:21 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I think so too. They’re so fun and versatile. Thank you, Debra!

      March 31, 2016 at 9:24 am Reply
  • BarbaraM

    Really sweet makeover! I love footstools too! I had purchased a small bench to put at the foot of the bed in the master bedroom and I wasn’t happy with the ‘tapestry’ style fabric as it was an ‘ok’ match to my hand made quilt, but not ‘spot on’. I ripped off the tapestry and selected a coordinating fabric from my quilt fabric stash and got to stapling. I love the look now, it coordinates beautifully with the window treatment and the quilt. All in all the project cost under $25.00 as I already had the staple gun, staples, fabric and quilt batting. It also makes it much more personal than store bought.

    June 3, 2016 at 10:27 am Reply
    • Larissa

      How fun for you! Sounds like you’re a gal after my own heart, Barbara. 😉

      June 4, 2016 at 5:55 am Reply

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