Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Recover a Vintage Stool

Several years ago I purchased this little vintage foot stool on Ebay. Though I loved the lines, I wasn't too crazy about the brown needlepoint cover. Last month I completed a slip cover project for a client and fell in love with the Zebra fabric she choose. As luck would have it there was a small piece of fabric left over - perfectly sized for my stool.

Recovering this stool was an easy process. Simply take off the stool cover by removing the small tacks with a hammer, pliers and a puddy knife. Use the old cover as a pattern to cut out your new cover. Since I was using upholstery tacks, I made my pattern about a 1/2 inch bigger on all sides than the original. This gave me some fabric to fold under for a nice finished edge.
Center the fabric on the stool. Place one tack in the middle of each side of the stool, folding the fabric under 1/2" and pulling tight. Work from the center out, trying to evenly space the upholstery tacks, until you reach the corners.
Fold the corners neatly and tack in place. You are done!
I love how this new fabric looks. Such a change from the old. If only I was brave enough to tackle the chair I have had for twenty years that needs upholstering!


Greet said...

Very nice !
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Jeanne said...

Great idea...I have one that is in waiting in the wings for the right fabric. This is perfect!
Jeanne :)

Tammy@InStitches said...

It looks great ! I have one but it's an antique and I don't want to mess it up. Maybe I'll just make a slipcover for it.

Ruthie's Renewed Treasures said...

Big change! Very classy.

Janis said...

Great job, I really like the nail trim detail.

Lauren said...

you're soooooo good!!! the nailheads are so beautiful & it's like new!!


Low Tide High Style said...

Very cool and very chic!

Kat :)

Cindy said...

The fabric that you chose is perfect for that pretty little stool. You did a fabulous job!

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