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Re-Covering Footstools

Source: Martha Stewart Living Television


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. With paint, fabric, and a few other materials, a stuffy old footstool can become an inviting one, adding style to any room.


Re-Covering a Slipcovered Stool
Tools and Materials

  • Footstool
  • Scissors
  • Upholstery fabric or canvas
  • Decorative trim (optional)
  • Sewing machine (or needle and thread)
  • Tailor's chalk
  • Grommet kit
  • Cotton cord

Re-Covering a Slipcovered Stool How-To
To cover a worn surface, cut fabric into a rectangle with rounded corners. Attach decorative contrasting trim by hand or with a sewing machine. Make a neat vertical fold at each corner, and mark each side with tailor's chalk to indicate the grommet placement. Attach grommets according to the kit instructions. Thread cotton cord through the grommets, and tie in a knot.

Re-Covering a Cushioned Stool
Tools and Materials

  • Footstool
  • Foam rubber (optional)
  • Batting (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Upholstery fabric or canvas
  • Staple gun
  • Heavy-duty staples

Re-Covering a 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.

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