Hellooo, friends. How was your weekend? Richard had to go to NC on business last week, so I tagged along and hung out with a friend for a few days. Before I left home, I finished this little project and thought I’d use it today to show you how to recover foot stools, plus my conclusions on the painted upholstery fad in bloggy world.
I found this little foot stool at a yard sale- cherry finish, floral fabric. It really wasn’t too bad, but not the look I wanted. I planned to paint it white, so I went over it with a coat of white spray primer. I didn’t remove the fabric first because I thought this was the perfect small project to give the painted fabric technique a try.
The cherry finish immediately started bleeding through. Ack! Rather than fighting it, I went to plan B, black paint & primer in one. I sprayed the fabric as well.
After a few coats of paint, the fabric was quite stiff and rough. I could have sanded it, but just didn’t like how uninviting it felt. I like fabrics to be soft and comfy. Comfy this wasn’t.
Soooo, on to plan C, ripping off the fabric and trim. Stiff painted fabric was a bit harder to remove than the non-painted would have been. The foam was in great shape, so I didn’t need to replace it- yahoo, one thing going right!
I had this pretty document fabric in my stash and knew it would look great with the black legs. I attached with a few staples on one side, then pulled it taut across the other side.
Tip For Smooth Upholstery:
After pulling taut, smooth the fabric over the edge with the side of your hand, rather than continuing to pull with your fingers. This will help to keep it from puckering. Keep your hand just below where you will staple, being careful to stay out of the way of the stapler, of course!
Continue stapling around the stool, alternating from one side to the other, pulling then smoothing with the side of your hand as you go.
Trim the excess fabric close to the staples. Now what to use for trim? Rather than buying anything, I hot glued jute twine that I had on hand. One pass around wasn’t wide enough, neither was two. Three did the trick.
Looks like it may need a little haircut. At least it won’t grow back, unlike my chin hair….
I like the way it turned out, though the process involved some trial and error. I’m glad I tried the painted fabric idea on a small project like this first. I would have been in tears if it had been a major piece of furniture. Stenciling will be the extent of painted fabric for me.
It would probably be ok for looks only, but I don’t really want or have room for “look at but don’t use” furniture. Have you ever refurbished an upholstered piece by painting the fabric?