A couple years ago, I bought a little stool at a thrift shop. I intended to recover it, because the fabric on it was awful! Well, I finally got around to doing it, and I used leftover fabric from my beautiful chair to do it. I just love it now!!
|Finished stool with my chair.
I could lie and say I planned for the pattern to match up the way it did, but honestly, that was just a happy accident. I’m thrilled that it does though!
The wood on the stool and the wood on the chair are not the same, but I think the finish color on both are close enough that they look good together.
|Just little close-up of the two.
When I saw the stool at the thrift shop, I didn’t know what I was going to do with it, but for $6, I couldn’t walk away from it. It sat in the corner for a long time after I ripped the original fabric off it. This is what it looked like when I bought it.
|How it looked when I bought it.
Kind of cute. But the fabric was nasty, and who knew how much dirt and crud was under it, so the fabric had to go.
|Ripping off the fabric.
The finish of the wood looked promising. In fact, other than the sides where all the tacks had been, the finish was perfect. That’s part of the reason I didn’t reupholster it before.
|Looking good, but the edge is really beat up.
After I took off the rest of the fabric and pulled all the tacks and staples, I left it like this for a long time…a couple of years actually. I had bought fabric for it, but never bothered to do anything with it. (I’m detecting a pattern of buying fabric for projects, and then not actually using it…hmmm…)
|Close up of it all finished with new fabric.
I thought about reupholstering it when I set it under my chair to get it out of the way, and inspiration struck. I had the extra cushion from when I did our dining chairs, and I had extra fabric from the chair! I also had trim from when I redid the lamp shades. I had everything I needed, so this was going to be a ZERO DOLLARS project!
|All finished and looking good!
I don’t know if anyone will ever actually use the stool, but I really like how they look together. What do you think? Better? Cute?