Thursday, May 31, 2012

An Extra Seat in the House

Several people have commented on my little stool, 
one even went so far as to push me to show it up closer.
SOOOOOOOOO........
I will start today's post with my little stool.
I placed it in front of my coffee table, 'cuz there was a bare spot in the floorplan, 
and I don't like
BARE SPOTS!!!!!
NOPE, NOPE, NOPE.
When I was futzing around, and moving stuff hither and yon, 
this little stool didn't look anything like it does now.
THIS WAS BEFORE I HAD MY BLOG, AND I DIDN'T TAKE A BEFORE PICTURE!!!!
OH NO!!!!!
But I liked its scale and shape, so I
REDID THE SUCKER!!!!
I have had this thing knocking around in my inventory for 20 years, always planning to use it at a client's house.
WELL, NOW IT'S MINE....
BWA HA HA!!!
It was dark wood, and all lumpy with sprung springs covered in a dirty old tapestry fabric.
So I stripped it down to the frame, 
pulled all the old nails out of it,
 and realized that once the nails and tacks were gone,
 there wasn't that much wood left.
I got some great advice from Gill, my buddy at Drape It, who does their reupholstering for them.
He's always massively generous with help and sharing his knowledge.
So I spent three days,
 filling all the holes with wood glue,
 letting it dry,
 and then applying more glue, 
until the frame was rebuilt into a hybrid of wood and glue.
Now I could  
PAINT IT!!!!
Yippee doodle!!!

And then I was ready to reupholster this time sucking demon of hell.....
So I...
attached webbing to the bottom.....
sewed springs to the webbing.....
8 way hand tied the springs.....
attached burlap over the springs.....
attached fox edging around the edge.....
adhered foam to the burlap.....
covered the foam with dacron stapled in place.....

And then sewed the cover with scraps of my remaining fabric....
I had to do it piece meal, 'cuz there wasn't enough left to cover the top.
I used the trim to cover the seam.....
mitering the corners...

and the blue left over linen for the sides.....
I have big bins of left over trim from my years of sweating away as an 
INTERIOR DESIGNER....
so I pulled out some tassels and attached them to the bottom edge...

It was lookin' good baby!!!!!
YEP IT WAS!!!!

So now I have an extra seat in my living room.
You know.....
the room that... 
only I sit in, 
'cuz my family only sits 
in my family room.
(talk about literal, jeesh!!!)
So it's really good that I have this extra seating!!!!!

So that's it for today,
I was going to go on a rant about Target, because they pulled a really slimy move on me this morning, but I will write about that some other time.....
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39 comments:

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I love that little stool. It took a ton of work, but it looks amazing. Hugs, Marty

Joan said...

I REALLY love that little stool. I'm a sucker for all that pretty trim.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

I have admired that fantastic stool from "afar"...I am so happy that you gave us an up close and personal view....It is a beautiful accent to the room and yet so utilitarian!...Love it!

Pam from Louisville said...

Thanks for the close up of the stool. It looks fantastic and I wish I had it in my own house. You are the master of design. I love everything on your website.

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

Oh man, don't let Nita see this post! SHe will rant on about slimy Target for you, they don't treat their employees very well either...you have me wondering. Loved the stool, and just wanna know, will you be my upholsterer???

Plant Lady said...

OMG, would you please be my teacher, upholsterer, mentor...the steps you took to make your beautiful stool has me in awe.
I would have bagged the whole project, when it came to sewing the springs to the webbing...that would have done it!
You could come visit me when you come back to Florida, I live on the West side.....and I cook:)
I love your blog.

Jaybird said...

If it was Target.com, watch your credit account!!!! Talk about slimy...they bumfoozled an entire credit card for me and it has taken me two years to straighten it out. Their customer service is NOT!
Your stool is beautiful though...thank you so much for telling us how you made it.
J

nancy said...

B-
Thanks for honoring my request. That stool is very, very pretty! I am in awe of your patience in re-doing it. No half way measures for you. I am sure you deserved your well earned reputation of "super-star". N

Fairfield House said...

Betsy,
I love all the attention to detail you give all your projects. This little stool was worth all the time and effort you put into it -- cottage charm at its best.
Deborah

Whimsical Perspective said...

Oh my goodness. I love everything about this room. The cabinet is fantastic. I love the colors.

Donna Wilkes said...

Sounds like the devil with the blue dress on! I fell in love the first time i saw her. She is a sassy thing. cmae over from Funky Junk.

Distressed Donna Down Home

craftythriftydecoratingwifemom said...

Your hard work paid off big time! That stool is beautiful. Hate to think what something like that would retail for, outta my price range for sure!!! You do good work.
Janet

Jen Lossing said...

What a darling little stool. I love the tassels and trim. So cute. Great job!

miss flibbertigibbet said...

Ohhh...girl (I'm in the South) you go on and dish about Target...I can't wait to hear it!! Love the footstool and (I've said it already but...) LOVE your attention to detail!
Blessings, Lorraine

cathy@my1929charmer said...

Absolutely beautiful, I so would never leave this room! SO love the footstool and your room is beyond gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration over at Sunday's Best!

Candy said...

That is soooo sweet. I love the fringe. I zoomed through the pics, so now Im going back up to check out the directions.

Just Jaime said...

Very pretty! Love the trim!

Kathy@ Gone North said...

Oh, so Lovely... Nicely, nicely done.
(& I do the same...hoard fabric for yrs., just knowing that I can use it, then not quite enough, piece it.. : )
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Erika said...

Betsy what a lovely stool to compliment the decoration of your living room, I must say your living room is a dreamed one, very beautiful, all the arrangement looks just perfect, the soft colors add light and softness. Love it.

Meadowsweet Cottage said...

I hear you about the time-suck but the result is well worth it!

MONICA LIVAS said...

Your ottoman is GORGEOUS! And LOVE the room! Your house is BEAUTIFUL!!!

Brandy~GreyLaneHome said...

Beautiful ottoman. It's so sweet. The entire room is gorgeous.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

so cute! love the base! also don't know if you know but i featured your slipcover on saturday.

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

The trim aound the edge is certainly a designer touch and I absolutely love it!

Mandy said...

Love the tassels. They look like little raspberries!

Cynthia said...

I love just this stool. The fabric and the tassels are just fantastic. Love it!!

Cynthia

Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes said...

Betsy, that little stool is too pretty to use for extra seating. It should be seen at all times and not with someone's feet or "you know what" on it. Thanks for showing another fabulous design by Betsy!! Hope to see you next week at Your Cozy Home Party. If you grill, BBQ or do picnics, join me for a special party June 17-23. I bet you have some fantastic ideas for decorating outdoor events like the above mentioned. ---------------- Shannon

Good Time Charlie said...

This is the most adorable little footstool I have ever seen. I am pinning it right away, then featuring it at my party tomorrow. Oh my, I am in love, it is so cute!!! Thank you for sharing. Party starts at 2 PST

It's All Connected said...

Amazing that you did that yourself! It's so very pretty, now. ~ Maureen

Hip Brown said...

Love those little pom poms...they are divine.

Miss Kitty said...

I hope that darling little stool knows how special it is to have YOU spend so much time on it! It is just a treasure now. Thanks for sharing with us how you make it so cute. I saw your post as it was featured over at "Redoux Interiors".

The Other Me Is Sane said...

well, I'm a little late to the party since this was a "sometime back" post, but had to let you know I really laughed at your comment regarding you being the only one to sit in the room so you "needed" more seating! Really appreciated the humor!

Ivy and Elephants said...

Hi Betsy, Your little stool is super cute! You've got skills girl! We'd love to have you share it with us at WIW.
Have a great week!
Hugs,
Patti

Marcie said...

This stool is so fun. Please come share at my linky party!
http://www.igottatrythat.com/p/blog-hop-linky-colde.html
Thanks
Marcie @ www.IGottaTryThat.com

Sherry said...

Looks really great Betsy! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
Sherry

Richella said...

Your little stool is now a superstar! And it ought to be--you worked really hard on it, and now it's working hard for you. It's darling!

Thanks so much for joining Grace at Home!

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

Gorgeous stool Betsy... thanks for sharing it at Shabbilicious Friday.

Debi said...

I love how you redid this. I have a link party, and I would love it if you would link this post. You can find it at
http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/07/face-cleansing-oil-and-wednesdays.html
It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party.
I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.
Debi Bolocofsky
Adorned From Above
www.adornedfromabove.com

fixitfaerie said...

First, I love that stool (& the whole house). Get to Target. Quickly please. I have had a problem with them, only one particular store in So. Calif. Paula

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