You may have noticed this footstool in the pictures from making new window treatments and shams for the master bedroom.
Since the bed is tall, I use this footstool every day. I am short – especially compared to HH and our offspring.
Here is the newly covered footstool in the master. Notice it matches the fall/winter side of the king-sized shams (remember the One Sham – Two Looks Tutorial?). No, I will not recover it for each season – lol!
When upholstering a chair or a footstool like this, you must first remove the covered pad from the chair or stool. This one was attached to the iron base with screws, so I removed them.
Remove the finishing fabric by popping up the staples with a flat-head screw driver. Finishing fabric is the mesh on the under side that covers the raw edges of the cover fabric. It’s usually made with a non-ravel-type fabric.
I began removing the old toile, as well, but there were a bazillion staples in that thing! So, I took the easy road and only removed the finishing fabric.
When you remove the old fabric, use it as a pattern for the new fabric. If you’re lazy, like me, and don’t remove the old fabric, place the form onto the new fabric, line it up symmetrically with the fabric print, and cut about 4 extra inches around the sides.
Beginning at the center of each side, wrap the fabric over the board edge and staple. After stapling the center staple on all four sides, work your way out towards the corners of each side.
If a staple isn’t seated well, knock it a couple of times with a hammer.
Smooth fabric as you staple along the base every couple of inches. Gather the fabric neatly at the corners and staple well – several are usually needed. Since I took no pictures of that step, I guess that’s all I’ll say about that!
It’s not that difficult to cover something with straight edges, but this curved edge cushion was a little more challenging.
Place the old finishing fabric over the stapled back, hiding all raw fabric edges, and staple into place.
Screw covered form or seat onto stool or chair base. Done! Wasn’t that easy?
Here’s a closer view of the finished product.
The little projects aren’t first priority often times. This footstool is proof, since it was the very last little thing I did to update our bedroom. Sometimes, if you do a small project first, it can get your momentum going to get the larger projects started.
Do you find that to be the case? Are there any small projects you’ve kept on the back burner for far too long?
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