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Footstool Makeover using a Drop Cloth

Footstool Makeover

Footstool Makeover using Drop Cloth

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!

Footstool Makeover using Drop Cloth

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).

Footstool Makeover using Drop Cloth

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!! 

Footstool Makeover using Drop Cloth

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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14 comments:

  1. Adorable! Nothing beats drop-cloths for being rustic but very durable, and yours looks great with the beautiful, soft color of the base.

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    1. Thanks Cassie - your comments are so sweet and I agree with you - drop cloths are the best!!

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  2. I love what you've done with the drop-cloth -- this footstool is so adorable!

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    1. Thank you Marcie!! It's so comfortable too :) I just love working with drop cloths; they are workhorses!!

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  3. Wow! This looks great and seems to fit your style perfectly. It is sad but true that some old things just have to be made over.

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    1. Thank you, you are sweet to say so! I was not sorry in the least to see the old stuff go; someone else might have just pitched the whole thing! At least I saved it from that fate :)

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    1. Thank you - once I saw those pleated ruffles by Miss Mustard Seed, I had to replicate them! They're flirty but not too girly if ya know what I mean :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. The pleated ruffle is the perfect finishing touch to your darling footstool!

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    1. Thanks Sharon...these are my new favorite ruffles to make :) Appreciate your comments!! Happy Spring to you ;)

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  6. Love it! I love drop cloth. To me, it's rustic linen. Thanks for sharing it with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. I agree Jann, and it's so great to work with! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  7. Your ruffles are wonderful! I pretty much love anything with ruffles!

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    1. Thanks Cynthia, these pleated ruffles are easier to sew than gathered ones (my thread always seems to break!) so I switched! Thank you for stopping by, have a great weekend!!

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