Painted Upholstery Footstool DIY

Remember this foot stool I picked up for the recent bedroom changes upstairs?

Foot Stool Before Pic

It’s one of the stools I bought while antique shopping.  Since the mattress is so high, both stools are needed in the bedroom I’ve been re-decorating.

Foot Stools

I took both stools to the project studio for a new upholstery job.

When I opened the lid to the secret compartment  in this stool, I couldn’t bear to tear it apart.  Someone went to a lot of trouble to make it neat and tidy.

Upholstery Check

I didn’t love the fabric in the room.  (And, yuk!  Who knows where’s that’s been!?)

Just as with the Painted Upholstery Trial on the low seat/stool, I decided to paint any possible grunge away to a clean new surface for this project, too.

I painted the legs of both foot stools with two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White.

Painting Stool Base

And, then I painted the cushion with Annie Sloan’s Arles.

First Coat of Paint

I’d planned to add fabric medium.

Chalk Painted Foot Stool

But, since I like the results of the painted seat cushion, painted without fabric medium added to the paint, I decided to repeat the procedure.

Painted Upholstery Foot Stool DIY

I roughed the white paint in a few places with sandpaper.  A light rubbing over the cushion with light-grit sandpaper smooths it to feel like leather.

Annie Sloan Painted Foot Stool

The room completion is drawing to a close.  I’ll be sharing more projects for this room during the next two weeks.  I’m glad to be finishing this project since spring is right around the corner.  I’m ready for porch time!  Are you?

What spring projects are you planning?  Any porch sprucing?


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  1. Gayle Dobbs says

    Hi Kim, AKA, ASCP diva Queen!
    I have just begun reading your blog and I now wish we were neighbors! Love your ideas and classy presentations. Thank you for the wonderful ideas. I cannot add anything to your current ideas but want to compliment your window treatment and ASCP paint projects. Very encouraging for me.
    I am about to tackle a simple bay window treatment that will probably take me years to complete (since I don’t have a plan but I’m determined not to hire it out and do it myself (I’ve sewn for years but picking it back up since I retired 5 years ago).
    Keep blogging – love to hear what you’re doing next!

    • says

      Thank you so much for making my day! I’m glad you are encouraged by my projects and want to see more. Like most everyone else, I often think, “if I only had more time and energy”. Ha! Bay windows can be a challenge sometimes, but these days we have better rod solutions than in the past. I love the look of panels on each end and between the windows. But, there are many options. I hope you’ll keep me posted on what you decide to do. Keep at it. You’ll get there! 🙂