Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Reupholstering a Tiny Stool for Me Me Me





I am finally finishing up my study.
I got the two fabrics I had ordered for my desk chair and little footstool.
Today, I am just going to show off my leetle stool.
I know, I know.....
I still need to finish showing my bedroom, but this is the decorating version of a cliff hanger......
Is your adrenaline racing?????

When we last left off my study.....
my little stool looked like this.....


So, I hauled it up to my sewing workroom.
It was very heavy!!!!!
 My plan was to strip it down to the frame and rework all the interior stuffing and stuff.
Then I thought....
"Betsy, what are you.....NUTS?????"
So, I decided to just build on what was already there.
The middle of the upholstery was sort of sway back.....
Concave.....
The opposite of my abdomen.....
 So, I cut a piece of batting to fill it in.....
 Then, cut another piece the size of the top of the stool.....
And then used spray adhesive to glue the two pieces of fill together.....
 Then I cut a piece of this wonderful blue ticking 
that is from Michael S Smith's fabric line: Jasper.
 And starting from the middle of each side, stapled it working from the middle out to the corners, pulling it smooth as I went.
 True to form.....
I forgot to take a picture at this point!!!!!
Welllll.....
Anyway.....
To continue.....
So, after I attached the fabric with staples, I trimmed the excess with a razor blade.
Now it should be mentioned, that this it the only use I get out of razor blades.
Doing DIY stuff.
'Cuz I certainly don't waste any of this effort on ME!!!!!

Then I made a tape trim out of the striped fabric, by cutting a long piece and folding it over, and ironing it into a nice sharp fold.
 This is the back of it, I wanted you to see that it doesn't need to be perfect.....
 Then I used a decorative nail head tack, to attach the tape to the bottom edge of the fabric....
 I tucked the fabric in on itself inside the fold, and made a small overlap to end the tape trim.


Here she is in all her redressed glory!!!!!

 And here she is in her home.....
 Here's another view.....
So, 
that's if for today, 
Latah, Gatah
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33 comments:

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi darling, this is just too cute for words, love the fabric. she's a beauty. hugs ~lynne~

Katie @ Wildwood Creek said...

Simply perfect! Love the fabric and decorative nail heads.

ZDub said...

So cute!

Rosetta said...

Che brava arredatrice!Questo blog รจ adorabile!Divento follower,Rosetta

Andrea said...

Betsy, I love it! What a great stool base to start with, and adding the trim with nailhead? brilliant. I just redid an itty bitty stool (which I show on my blog... http://willowispandrea.blogspot.ca/2012/07/new-footstool-for-sunroom.html ...I'll include the link just in case your stool wants to chat online to my stool) and I wasn't nearly as smart and just glued ribbon around the edge. The good news is I have another itty bitty stool to re-do, with which I shall use your edging technique. Thanks for the tip!

Katherine Wolak said...

Ohhhhh how lovely! I liked it before and after equally, sometimes something shabby like that is charming, but the striped material is lovely too! :)

Hugs,

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I love this fabric! A project like this would be a good place to start. You got a beautiful result.

Patty said...

I've loved your work since your Trad Home days years ago - I saw your florals and dog collections and I knew you were a soul mate. Sometime can you blog about how your get your cushions mounded - what you use in addition to foam? Thanks for all the info you give. LOVE your slip cover tutorials and everything else in your blog.

Shelia said...

Woot woot! So pretty! You do good work. Now don't go putting your tiny feet upon that pretty fabric.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia;)

design on a find said...

love those tacks. It all looks great together. This post will come in handy when I get around to doing the seat of my antique settee. thanks, love your blog.

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

Oh... very pretty.

Marian said...

What a lovely little gem.

Laura said...

oh, thank God . . . I logged on to tell you that I can't wait until Thursday for your next post (today's Wednesday) . . . and here you are . . . talking up a storm! You're the best . . .

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

I love this little stool! What a great look it has~and I liked how you did the trim on it, nice!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

You did the most beautiful job on this little tuffet!!! I am going to cover the seat of a ballet chair and your tutorial gave me such great ideas!
Please share this at TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS going on now!

drue said...

I was just at the sewing store today and saw the very cool tool to make your own 'bias' tape out of fabric. So much easier than folding and ironing. Stick it in one end, pull out the tape from the other. But I love that stool and love your ideas.

Connie@Connie Nikiforoff Designs said...

She's lookin' mighty fine, that stool there :-)

sweet violets said...

Nice job!!! Love the tacks and fabric!!!

pipigirl said...

perfect timing. im redoing a stool for my vanity. getting ready to do the seat part. this is my 1st time doin this, so your guidance will be very helpful. i too have a concave to deal with. the only real prob i have now is to figure out what kind of material i want to use. but anyway this is REALLY gonna help me alot. p.s. absolutely LOVE LOVE the room.

Chenille Cottage said...

A perfect job on a perfect little stool fit for a Princess!
Blessings,
Carolynn

janet said...

Hey Betsy....the darling nailhead trim makes all the difference...it's da BOMB!

Janet xox
The Empty Nest

Vicki said...

That's SO cute! I love it! And what a cool frame or base or whatever you call it. Legs and wooden sides with the carving and worn paint.

daiseyjayne said...

Thats the cutest little stool, great job, love the fabric :)

Leslee in Tennessee said...

Absolutely stunning! Beautiful fabric! I wait with bated breath for each of your posts! But must admit, I was horrified to see you using what appears to be a beautiful hand made quilt on your work station!!! :o(
I had to comment on that because I am a quilter, and quilts are very precious to me! Otherwise, beautiful job on the foot stool, and your entire room is gorgeous!

Rooms by Ann said...

Beautiful job. I love the fabric on the chairs.

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Love it, and that little piece of striped trim makes it perfect-o!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

love this stool- the details are awesome! and i think the fabric and simplicity you went with are perfect.

Terry Moore said...

Hey, you just taught me something on covering stools with the folded trim and tacks. Thanks

michele said...

it's stunning, betsy!

michele

Debi Bolocofsky said...

great tutorial. I have a link party on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this and any other posts. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party. It runs from Wednesday to Sundays.
http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/08/free-bee-sweet-hat-pattern-crocheted.html
I hope to see you there. I am your newest follower, and I would love for your to follow me also. Have a great Day.
Debi Bolocofsky
Adorned From Above
www.adornedfromabove.com

Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com said...

I'm loving this Betsy! Featuring you tomorrow! Thanks for sharing at It's Overflowing!

XO, Aimee
http://www.itsoverflowing.com

Charlotte Des Fleurs said...

Hi Betsy, I am still catching up on all your posts. This one about the footstool is timely for me. (Well, perhaps it is simply timely that I finally found it.) Anyway, I have a lovely little footstool that I purchased two weeks ago at a "thrift shop". It is Louis XV style with very curvy legs and clusters of flowers on the legs and apron of the frame - oo, la, la! No idea what fabric originally adorned it because there was nothing there - just a frame with tons of staples and tacks grasping at minute shreds of fabric and foam.

After cleaning it up and attaching a wooden platform, a slab of 2" thick foam and a layer of batting to make it nice and soft, I was at a loss for fabric. Never the need to drive over a fabric store because I have piles and piles of gorgeous French style fabrics - everything from regal to rustic. I wanted something simple that would not to compete with the beauty of the frame.

Your post helped to solve my dilema. What I need to do is what you did - chose a simple fabric and use decorative upholstery tacks to pull the color of the wood up into the fabric.

Merci, merci!

Smiles from My Slice of Provence,

Charlotte Des Fleurs

Torus Skirting said...

Most people tend to put the least thought into buying footstools compared to other types of furniture. This is a pity because you really can make a difference to your living room with a footstool.

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