This vintage footstool makeover is the perfect addition to our morning room! A little paint and new fabric is all it needed.
I picked up this vintage footstool aka bench, seat, stool, or whatever it was, at our local ReStore last week.
It was all by itself but I am quite sure it originally went with something. Maybe a dressing table or telephone bench?
I don’t know but I thought it would be perfect as a footstool for the chair in our morning room.
Vintage Footstool Makeover
Here is how it started…
It had some sort of “pleather-ish” type of seat.
And it was actually completely removable.
I always seem to find these little seats with fun little storage cubbies.
I began by removing that old upholstered top.
It was kind of funky so I replaced everything. (you can see the wood base to the right)
I used some batting that I already had and fabric that was leftover from another project.
This one >>> No Sew Faux Roman Shade … because I thought the colors were perfect for our morning room.
Then I used my favorite staple gun to attach it to the wood base.
Since you can use the inside as a little storage cubby. I thought I’d pretty that up too.
I began by unscrewing it from the underside (thankfully that was easily done!) and then removing the old, very worn piece of fabric.
Which peeled right off.
I then used this paint color and Annie Sloan white wax to finish it off. Then I screwed it back to the underside of the vintage footstool.
And done! So much better.
Loving that fun pop of color in there.
For the base, I simply gave it a light sanding (very light run-over with fine grit) and then sprayed it with white primer, followed by a coat of this white paint.
Next, I gave it a little distressing to bring some of the brown back through.
I’m really happy with how it turned out but I am a little undecided about something.
The height of the old vintage footstool, is, well, tall-ish. Maybe because it’s not a footstool. Probably is a small seat to something?
And so when you sit there, it’s quite comfortable.
But I do sort of think it should be a tad bit shorter if it will be a footstool.
I considered cutting down the legs but they have those pretty bottoms, so I didn’t.
What would you do?
Should I cut the legs down? Or leave it as-is??
Either way, it’s such a cutie now. I really love it.
OH! And I almost forgot to say, I paid $10 for it.
Not too bad considering I used fabric, batting, and paint I already had.
Don’t forget to tell me what you think I should do!
PIN it to save it for later!
See you later this week…I hope with the newly made over retro TV cabinet. Stay tuned!
UPDATE!! See it now, here!