reupholstered footstool

I’ve been looking for a footstool or ottoman for my office. Mainly to set my tiny printer on so it won’t have to sit on the floor, but I also want the option to kick my feet up if I’m sitting on the futon. I found the perfect ottoman at a flea market that I was eyeing for weeks. I knew I loved it but couldn’t think of a use for it. When it suddenly hit me that it would be perfect for the office I went to buy it and it was gone. Lesson learned — you have to commit when it’s a flea market or thrift store find. You can never count on it being there later.

Fast forward a few more weeks and I was at the thrift store with a friend when I saw this.

It was super sturdy and a good price. All it needed was some reupholstering. Deal. I wasn’t going to let this one slip past me, too.

I still had some fabric left from the mod podge trays so I crossed my fingers it would be enough for the footstool. Amazingly, I had JUST enough. 1/8th of an inch less and it wouldn’t have worked.

Reupholstering a footstool is easy and surprisingly fast. Besides the footstool and fabric you’ll need a staple gun with staples and a hammer. That’s it.

Step 1: Turn the footstool upside down and onto the unprinted side of the fabric.

Step 2: Starting on one of the long sides, pull the fabric up to the bottom of the stool and staple. If your arms are like mine and not quite strong enough to get the staple in all the way, use a hammer to finish securing each one. Keeping the fabric tight, repeat this on the other long side.

Step 3: Starting at a corner of one of the short sides, fold and pull the fabric up like you’re wrapping a present. I had to do 2 small folds to get this to stay tight enough and not bulge at the corner. Staple in place. Repeat on the other corner of this side. NOTE: At this point you may need to remove the legs (these just twisted off) so they won’t be in your way.

Step 4: Once the corners of the short side are done, pull the fabric between the corners tight and staple in place. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the other short side.

Step 5: Trim any excess fabric, put the legs back on if you took them off, and set the footstool upright. Voila.

You’re done! I can’t get enough of dramatic before & afters, especially when they don’t take a lot of time.

As much as I love how this looks, I’m still considering refinishing the legs a darker stain color. What do you think?


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