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vanity stool gets a makeover | Lovely Designs

Here’s a fun and simple project that the Lady in Boots and I tackled while she was here. We were both in need of vanity stools, and I found a couple for cheap at HomeSense. Problem was, neither of us was thrilled with the fabric they came with. A quick stop a a fabric store and some fun with a staple gun and we suddenly found ourselves in possession of a couple of beauties.

 

Here is the stool as I got it. Not terrible, but certainly nothing to scream about.

There were only four screws that needed removing and then the seat was free. I had no tools for removing staples, so I just places the new fabric over top of the existing cover. Also, this was to be my first stab at reupholstering, and I didn’t want to make things more complicated than they needed to be.


There’s no real science to say how much fabric is needed. (well, who knows, maybe there is. But I don’t know it). I just eyeballed it. Enough so that I could both handle it and staple it. The Lady in Boots and I found it was easiest to staple the four sides first, then add a staple in between each that we’d done. And then we just went around, pulling and stapling as we went. it was nice to have four hands doing this.

 

All that was left to do after stapling was finished was to trim away excess fabric and screw the seats back on the chairs. I’m quite happy with the result. What do you think?

  

(please excuse the cat. He likes being involved and sometimes it’s just too hard to say no. Particularly when our little apartment gets as little sun as it does…)

 

2 Responses to vanity stool gets a makeover

  1. sarah says:

    great!! i just saw the same chairs! i was thinking about doing the same thing… but i want to maybe paint the base…. any ideas on what to use??? thanks so much!!!

  2. Morgan says:

    Sarah! Good to hear from you.

    I am currently having a love affair with spray paint and I think it works magnificently. I’ve heard really good things about Krylon spray paint, but I can’t get any real colour selection here in canada. I’ve been using Rust-o-leum ‘Painter’s Touch’ and I’ve been quite pleased with the result.

    I wish you the best with your vanity stool makeover. If you’d like, I love to show it off here when you’ve done it!

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