I so so so wish I had a before picture of this little footstool...but I can't find one :(
I bought this antique footstool off Craigslist to use in my Shabby Craft Room when we lived in Florida. It didn't look anything like this!
Picture orangey-brown legs. And a big pillow on top, in a vintage pink chenille pillowcase with a ruffled edge. I really think I bought it for that pillowcase, lol.
That pretty pink pillowcase was hiding a dirty little secret.
The actual footrest of this little stool was rotted. Yes, rotted. I was dumb enough to not even check that before I purchased it...I was so swayed by that pink chenille.
The fabric and wood were actually disintegrating, as was whatever was inside. YUCK!
After living with it for a little while, even that pretty pink chenille pillow didn't make me feel better. I had to give this stool a makeover. I had to fix the problem.
This stool was my first big furniture fix.
I single-handedly tore all the old square nails out, the horsehair, every disintegrating, disgusting bit of it (yes, I know it's an antique but I'm sorry, there comes a time when stuff has to go!). I took it down to the frame, which was basically the legs. The top was rotten, like I said, and it went it the trash.
So Mr. DIY bought me a new plywood top, cut to fit and I nailed it on all by myself. It took two tries (we won't go into that, it's a bit of an embarrassing story, lol).
When that was finally on, I had this 'empty canvas' to create something beautiful with. I painted it with a custom chalk paint color and then added foam and batting and finally, a drop cloth cover. The piece de resistance, I think, are the little pleats (a la Miss Mustard Seed). I finished it with some white welting hot glued around the edge.
This is such an improvement over the 'ugly sins' that were hiding under that pink chenille pillow!!
It is no longer a health hazard :)
This little footstool is good to go for another hundred years or so!
LONG LIVE THE FOOTSTOOL :)
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