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Vintage Vinyl Footstool Makeover

If you know me at all, you know I can’t pass up cuties like this. When I first lay eyes on this vintage vinyl footstool, I giggled!! Those chubby turned legs looked like an animal’s legs. Don’t you think?

Vintage Vinyl Footstool Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Not only are they cute, but that gorgeous dark patina definitely needs saving. However, that damaged green vinyl has got to GO. It has cuts, paint, and oodles of blucky yuck.

Vintage Vinyl Footstool Closeup | prodigalpieces.com

If you’d like to see my past footstool makeovers, you can take a peek HERE. Or you can take a peek at this video below too.

DIY TIME

Okay, it’s time to get this vintage vinyl footstool makeover underway! Obviously, it makes sense to remove said vinyl. Lemme tell ya that this is always the part that takes forever, so if you’re inclined to try, don’t be discouraged! You can read my tutorial in this past post.

Isn’t this view hilarious?!? “Help me! I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” haha!

Vintage Vinyl Footstool Underside Before Makeover | prodigalpieces.com

If you look close, you”ll see oodles of upholstery tacks. Before I can take those out, however, I first need to remove those legs. They are all loose and it’s not surprising.

Worn Footstool Leg with Duct Tape | prodigalpieces.com

Next, pop on some gloves and have at those tacks. After what seems like over one hundred tacks are removed, I can finally see the light. It’s at this point I’m always asking myself, “what have you got yourself into?” haha.

Removing Old Vinyl Upholstery on Vintage Footstool by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

NEXT STEPS

Now all our parts are removed, it’s time to reassemble. First, I use screws to better anchor those leg bases to the frame. Then, I reset the legs and attach them with glue and nails. Better than new!

Naked Vintage Vinyl Footstool Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Next, it’s upholstery time. I found this gorgeous linen in a local shop and thought it gave the vintage vibe while also accenting that rich, dark brown in the legs.

New Linen Upholstery on Vintage Vinyl Footstool | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Without a doubt, my nailer is what makes this job a breeze. I have a pneumatic gun as well, but this battery-operated one is much easier on my wrists and is portable. Plus, I  add a dust shield and something fun.

Stapling New Upholstery on Vintage Vinyl Footstool | prodigalpieces.com

Prodigal Pieces Handmade | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

THE REVEAL

Here’s my vintage vinyl footstool that is now refreshed and ready to go. I think the fabric really compliments those fun legs.

Vintage Vinyl Footstool with Refreshed Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #vintage #home #homedecor

Floral Linen Upholstery on Vintage Footstool by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Nailhead Linen Footstool with Floral Design by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #vintage #home #homedecor

I’d say it’s now shining and no longer yelling, “help me!” haha. I wanted to modernize it a bit with the way I upholstered. I used the basic lines to do that, but I also added nailheads to give it a rustic vibe too.

Vintage Vinyl Footstool Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces at prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #vintage #home #homedecor

Modern Linen Footstool by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Finally, I can take a few second to put my feet up. Won’t you join me for a cuppa #trashure?

Prodigal Pieces #trashure campfire mug by Larissa at prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Last, if you’d like to give your tootsies a treat, you can purchase this footstool for your home in my online shop. (SOLD)

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Vintage Vinyl Footstool with Modern Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #vintage #upholstery

In addition, do pin and share to inspire others to see past the damage and wear to see the potential that’s there.

Vintage Vinyl Footstool Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #vintage #furniture #home #homedecor

Up next, I’ll be sharing what I have envisioned for this vintage quilt rack. SEE THE END RESULT HERE.

Vintage Quilt Rack Before Upcycle by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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Comments

  1. Cheryl says

    I love footstools and you did such a wonderful job!!

    • Larissa says

      They’re so addictive, aren’t they? haha. Thanks, Cheryl.

  2. Debbie says

    I love the fabric, nice and neat job too !!

    • Larissa says

      It was fun to shop for it and accent those chubby legs. hee hee. Thanks!

  3. Mary formerly of the boondocks says

    Now the fabric compliments those legs and they really stand out. Good job!!

    • Larissa says

      I wish you could see the beautiful crackle patina they have. I wish I could hear the stories!

  4. Ginny says

    Absolutely beautiful!!!

  5. Cheryl Atkinson says

    Hi Larissa! That is really pretty fabric. I just re-apohstered a bench with a final seat and I bet there was over a hundred tacks and tiny nails. The whole job I was second guessing myself. It was old, very old and the paint was peeling so I though I could strip it. Mistake!! I ended up using Saltwash in the paint so you couldn’t see the oppsies. That paint was not coming off with anything. Needless to say I will not try that again with an older piece.

    • Larissa says

      oooh…yes, you had your hands full…literally! 😀 Thank you for getting what I deal with on a regular basis. Glad you hung in with it!

  6. Mariah says

    Really loving your makeover. The way you finished it and added the nailheads really made it such a beautiful stool!

    • Larissa says

      I’m so pleased to hear that, Mariah. Thank you so much. 😀

  7. Becky says

    Sure did come out cute!

  8. Kaycee says

    Hi Larissa, Wow, she certainly did have some blucky yuck vinyl. I’m not surprised, that you saw past all that and made her gorgeous and full of life once again. She is beautiful dressed in her new fabric and tacks!

    • Larissa says

      My hands are still sore! haha! Thanks so much, Kaycee. Finally it’s done!

    • Larissa says

      tee hee! They are too cute to be hidden under vinyl. Thanks, Marie!

  9. ColleenB.~Tx. says

    Them legs where the 1st thing that caught my eye.
    Don’t know why; but I always have to look at the legs of furniture pieces before anything else.
    Fantastic job on the foot stool and love the fabric. Really looks great on that type of stool.

    • Larissa says

      You and me both. They show the craftsmanship quality. I’m so glad you like it, Colleen. 🙂

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