Today I decided to tackle a project I have had on my "to do list" for quite some time. I found this ugly stool on the road side a few years ago and have been using it in my studio in the garage....but I had a plan to redo it by repainting it and making a nice upholstered top to it as well. Well today I decided was THE DAY! Read on to see how I have upcycled this wooden stool and have turned it into padded & painted home decor perfection. :D
The before. Ugly right? Well I decided to make my own chalk paint and then paint the legs with it. SUCCESS!!!! (I might just do a tutorial on how I made mine if you are interested... :D )
Here's the ONE COAT of paint applied and drying.
After the paint dried I used a Sharpie marker to trace the size and shape of the top of the stool onto a square of Nu-Foam by Fairfield.
See how clean cut the edges are? That is because I pulled the edge of the Nu-Foam taught while I cut. It really helps to cut evenly and cleanly.
Once I had the piece cut for the top of the stool, I plugged in my trusty High Temp Project Pro glue gun by AdTech (of course! ). For this project I opted for a good rugged glue - Pro Strength to help get the job done right.
Place a few dots onto one edge of the surface of the top of the stool. Press the Nu-Foam onto the hot glue.
Peel back the unstuck part and add more dots of glue and press the Nu-Foam onto it.
Repeat until the Nu-Foam is held securely to the entire top of the stool.
Cut a square of fabric approximately four inches bigger on all sides, place fabric face side down and place the stool on top of the fabric square.
Pull the edges of the fabric up and onto the underside of the top of the stool.
Hold it tight and use a heavy duty stapler to staple it in place.
Staple it on four opposing sides to begin. You want the tension to be even on all sides.
Pull the fabric up near each leg and staple.
Now staple evenly all the way around the underside of the stool. Don't be shy with the staples. The more the merrier!
Use a small hammer to tap down the staples as flush as you can get them.
Trim the excess fabric away leaving an inch or so of extra length for the next step.
Fold the edges down near the legs of the chairs.
Hold the folded edge down with a bit of hot glue.
Once you have glued down the folded edges around the legs, add a bit of hot glue around the trimmed edges and press down. Hold in place until the glue has cooled.
BAM! Done! From start to finish I did this project in just over an hour INCLUDING THE STEP BY STEP PHOTOS!!! And you can too! From trash to treasure!
Here's a shot of it in the house....I love the end result and I am sure I will get ALOT of use out of it! :) I hope you have enjoyed it too! What have you upcycled lately?