First I have to say thank you all for the kind words on my latest family room project. It makes me so happy to know that all the hard work is appreciated and enjoyed! Today I wanted to share a very simple DIY that I did for the room. I knew I wanted to have a pair of stools as part of the seating arrangement. Something small and light that could be easily moved around depending on who’s over. Kid’s love things like this. They end up being the perfect little perch to watch TV.
Well remember last year when Target had these stools? They had them in lavender and hot pink if I remember correctly and they were only $50-$60 full price. You couldn’t get that base made for 2x that…at least here in the Boston area! So I immediately knew it was a good starting point for a project. I love the gilded iron base but the color and tufting weren’t working for me for this project.
I’m sharing this project less as an actual step by step DIY (though I did try to take as many photos as I could) but more to inspire you to try stuff like this. So many people are terrified to ever attempt a re-upholstery project and I certainly don’t recommend tackling a chair or anything on your first try. But this is essentially a box…it’s like wrapping a present but with fabric instead of paper. The original purple top is secured to the base with 4 screws. I unscrewed it and popped it off (sorry, I don’t have photos of this!). I peeled off the black finishing felt piece on the bottom and snipped the strings holding the button tufts down.
Step 1: Peel away old fabric and old foam off. I probably could have recovered right over this but there were indentations in the batting and foam from where the tufts were and I wanted a really smooth finish. So bottom line, peel away until you get down to just the wood with the holes.
Step 2: Cut a new piece of high density foam (I got this one at JoAnn’s for under $10). I laid the wood on top and used it as a template to cut my foam.
Step 3: Use a serrated knife (a bread knife works great for this) to cut where you marked. Your new piece of foam should fit perfectly on top of your wood base.
Step 4: Adhere the new foam to the base using some high strength spray adhesive.
Step 5: Cut a piece of batting about 2″ larger all around than your base. I got 1/2 yard of this batting at JoAnn’s for about $2.50. I find it helpful to cut little slits in the corners (shown below) to make it easier to finish the corners.
Step 6: Use more of your spray adhesive to glue the batting up up onto the sides of the foam. (see the line of adhesive I ran along the foam in the upper right photo)
Step 7: With the batting corners semi-finished (you don’t have to be crazy about it), lay your piece onto your chosen fabric (I chose this fabric and 1 yard was enough for both stools) and cut it with about 2″ of extra fabric all the way around. Get your trusty staple gun (this is mine) and staple your fabric on. I will save you the “how to upholster” description. Just line up your pattern, pull taut and staple. This is a good tutorial on how to handle the corners. That’s honestly the only tricky part.
Finish it with the same black felt you peeled off at the start (or don’t…no one can see the underside anyway) and screw them back onto the base. DONE!
Quick recap of the supplies you need:
The square stools seem to be sold out but they come in a longer bench version here which would be the exact same process just bigger. It would look soooo good in a green velvet. They also have a round here.High strength spray adhesive
1/2 yard of batting
1 yard of fabric (I used this)
Have a great weekend!