DIY Foot Stool, Fast and Easy Upholstery Project Tutorial

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Easy Footstool

I am finally done with this project! It has taken me days to complete. I had a few little distractions.

Like taking a nap.

And taking another nap.

And rowing across the lake because it was such a perfect night for a row.

And unpacking a few more boxes, because I still can’t find a thing.

I did find enough supplies to get this project done though.

It only took a couple of hours once I sat down to work on it.

It was the planning that was hard for me.

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The new house came with quite a bit of junk.

I love junk you know.

I just couldn’t wait to make this cool wooden box into a foot stool.

I have no idea why the owners left it behind.

I think it’s beautiful. I love the diagonal slant of the wood, very chic.

Problem was, it was to low to use for much of anything. It is perfect for a foot stool however.

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While I was unpacking from our recent move, I came across these old pillows. They are stained and pretty much past their prime.

I put one on top of the wooden box, and presto! The stool idea came to life.

I love repurposed items!

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Supplies Needed:

•wooden box or crate

•old square pillow

•black and white fabric

•green braided trim and some bling nail heads.

•wood glue

•4 castors, 50 lb. load

•hammer

•phillips screws

•Frog Tape

•staple gun

The wooden box had a few loose boards which I glued in place with a bit of wood glue before I started.

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Directions:

 •install castors on the bottom of the box using the Phillips screws.

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 •mark off the box where the trim will be. I used Frog Tape for this.

 •cut the fabric to size (my box happened to be 18″ square and the pillow fit perfectly on top), adding 3″ to each edge for a 24″ square.

•using a staple gun, secure the fabric just above the marked line of the Frog tape.

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 •cut the trim to size and hot glue it over the edge of the fabric, cover the staples

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•I used a pencil and ruler to mark 1″ sections on the Frog Tape for the placement of the bling nail heads.

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•Nailing the bling into place was the fun part.

I love to nail things.

•The Frog Tape was easy to remove when I was finished.

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I like how it turned out.

I pleated the corners of the stool to take up the extra fabric and I like how clean the edges look.

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The wheels give it a nice height, great for resting your feet or sitting at the coffee table to play games with the family.

This is the first of many projects I hope to finish in this room.

I look forward to taking many more naps on this porch in the process.

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