Kitchen Stool Redo

Garage Sale again this weekend!  I love my garage sales (click here to see other projects from garage sales).

I have been thinking of finding a step stool to help my “littlie” (16 month old) wash his hands at the kitchen sink.

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I found just the perfect thing!

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That little white tag in the right corner says $5.00!

Yup!  Just $5.00.

  And it does this too!!!!

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I luv my new stool! Kiss kiss. Hug hug.

All other projects went on hold.  I had to fix it up.

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 Taking it apart was the first step. Then primer and paint.   I wanted chrome paint.  I sprayed the stool with grey primer, then searched all over the Gold Coast looking for liquid chrome paint.  Finally:

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Now, while the paint is drying, I can re-upholster the seat.

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I had to take the old cover off.

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Then I removed the leftover staples from the wood.

The cushion, cover and base looked like this:

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So, I decided to cut a new cushion from a leftover piece I had.

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I cut it using the board as a template.  I measured the board and added 1/2” seam allowance on all sides.

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I used these measurements to cut my top and bottom pieces of fabric.

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Then I measured the cushion and board to find out the depth.

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This is where I had to make a decision.  I have chosen striped fabric.  Which way to put the stripes on the side of the cushion? Hmm…Up and down.

I cut the side pieces for the cushion cover using the measurements I had taken and keeping seam allowances in mind.

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I serged the sides of the “side” pieces together to make a complete rectangle.  Then I serged the “side” pieces to the top piece of fabric. I made sure to serge within my 1/2 seam allowance.

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I ironed the serged seams toward the top piece of fabric.August 30, 2010 016

Then I covered the cushion with batting. (I know the original stool didn’t come this way, but I always use batting on cushions)

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I placed the cover over the top of the stool.

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The spray adhesive will help secure the bottom piece of fabric to the wood.

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Around edges, I folded under the serged seam and stapled making sure the cover was properly centered on the cushion.

Then I reattached the cushion to the stool.

I love the way it turned out.  I realize stripes are difficult to work with; but I love the fabric and I will be re-upholstering it again soon.

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Why?  I’m not the only one who loves this newest addition to our home….

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   When I asked my littlie if he liked it he replied;

“ Uh huh” (that’s baby for yes.)

Have you been to any garage sales lately?

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  1. Wow, it looks great and seems to be very functionable!!

  2. What a great find and a wonderful makeover. You also gave an awesome tutorial!~ Thanks for sharing with my party. Hope you enjoy a few others as well. Debbie

  3. Your stool looks so updated and fresh-great find for only $5.00.

  4. Your stool looks so updated and fresh-great find for only $5.00.

  5. I love your step stool, I passed up something similar ($22) last year and it's still on my mind!

  6. Fantastic find! $4.00, (sigh)...
    Great idea to use the spray adhesive, I will file that one away, and hopefully remember that tip. Fun blog! I imagine you will have just as much fun covering it the next time!

  7. This is such a great stool. I love the flip up seat! You did a great job redoing it too.

  8. What a fantastic find at a great price and what a stunning makeover!!
    Great job!!


  9. That is such a cute stool and great price! I love your makeover, it is awesome!

  10. Cute stool. Love the makeover. I like how the seat flips up.

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