Sturdy enough to stand on yet light enough to lift, a footstool can serve as your table, chair, shelf, or stepladder. Because its shape is basic, it's one of the easiest pieces of furniture to revamp. Tattered tops can be slipcovered or reupholstered, while scratched wood can be glossed over with a coat of paint. Peruse your local flea markets and antiques shops; a neglected stool with an appealing shape can cost as little as $20.
Cushioned Stool How-To
To cover a stool with a small cushion, remove the old cushion from the frame, and then remove the fabric. If the padding is in good shape, it can be left in place; if not, replace it with a layer of foam rubber, then batting. Cut a piece of upholstery fabric larger than the padded board, place the board on the fabric, and pull one side of the fabric over the board; staple in place. Repeat with the opposite side, then remaining sides. Tack coordinating fabric to the underside with staples.