Monday, September 12, 2011

Footstool Makeover

Over the summer the kids and I made the long 900 mile drive up to Oregon so we could visit my family.  While there I took advantage of the numerous thrift stores available to those lucky Oregonians (it really isn't fair--I have one measly little Goodwill down here.) Anyway, I found this footstool at a thrift store for $3.99 and thought it had good photo prop potential.  So I happily paid for it and packed it away in the van for the drive back home.

I finally got around to transforming this ugly duckling of a footstool the other day.  I made a fun discovery while taking apart the seat portion.  It was padded with shreds and shreds of old newspaper from the 1950s!  How cool is that?  I got to try and piece together little advertisements like "gloves for $0.77" and "plaid shirts for $1.34". My favorite one was for "Rayve" permanent for your hair.  The movie show times were fun to look at... although the only movie I recognized was Disney's "Treasure Island".

Anyway, back to the footstool. I took it apart then sanded and painted the wood frame.  I decided to give it a distressed look.  Then I recovered the seat with some Amy Butler lovliness.  This is from the Midwest Modern collection.  Love her fabrics.

Using the staple gun made this a breeze.  Then attach the seat back onto the frame with screws and DONE!

This one really was easy peasy pie.
And guess who uses it to reach the play kitchen?

She loves being able to reach the sink and stove now.

Here's one last before and after!

Happy crafting!


Susan @ Second Chances by Susan said...

So cute!! And, I love that Olivia uses it to play with the kitchen!

Stephanie said...

I want to kiss that wittle head!

Wendy said...

Hi Kim..
I've just come across your post. I just adore your little stool. I would like to use it for inspiration to make something similar myself. Do you have any front on photos.

mickeyarthur said...

I liked your footstool as it is beautiful and looks perfect for my house too. Though, before that, I have to keep myself busy with my studies because this year I started doing a Ph.D. and I have this research to carry on. I will be needing a research paper writing service UK formatted to get my research proposal done. Once it is done then I’ll think of buying this footstool.