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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Upholstered Footstool: Before and After

Perhaps some of you may remember this beauty I picked up at a friend's garage sale for only TWO dollars?!?! Here is a shot of it before I started the Nitty Gritty transformation:

This stool is a well-constructed piece with gorgeous detail on the round legs. My plan was to sand blast the legs and paint them and then recover the stool with new fabric. The hardest part of the entire project was deciding on a fabric. I chose Waverly Pen Pal Parchment.

The legs came off pretty easily, as they were screwed on. Here is a close-up shot of one of the legs before I sand blasted them:

Very nice detail, but the finish was old and there were a number of cracks in the legs that needed repairing.

I used my husband's sandblaster to remove the finish from all four legs. This process took merely minutes as opposed to hand sanding. I can't imagine the time it would have taken to get into all the little crevices to remove the old finish. Here is a shot of me using the ultra-cool sand blaster:

Here is a close up of one of the legs after I sand blasted it:

Before and after again. What a difference!

I washed the sand blasted legs and gave them plenty of time to air dry before I started filling the cracks with wood putty.

This was a little tricky. I put some wood putty in a plastic baggie, snipped off the end and gently squeezed the putty into the cracks. I used paintable and stainable wood putty by Elmer's. Once the cracks were filled and the putty was dry, I sanded off the rough edges.

After the putty was good and dry and clean of any rough edges, I used Krylon's Satin Black to spray them. I used several light coats, allowing about an hour between coats for drying.

I really wanted the detail to show through on these legs, so I distressed them using my Dremel tool.

I removed the old fabric from the stool and preserved the original stuffing since it was in pretty decent shape. I looked at several on-line fabric stores for just the right fabric. I selected Waverly's Pen Pal Parchment, which features a neutral background and black French script. It has a classic feel to it that could easily fit in with several different types of decor. Here is the finished product: I'm digging it!

Before and After:



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  1. Sweet job there! I was thinking your nails look so pretty, did you break one LOL? I would have. Love the fabric too.

  2. Nice job and love that fabric. My husband has a sandblaster, too. What a great idea just in case I ever need to remove a finish easily. Hope you link up to my before and after party this week.

  3. that looks awesome! I used that fabric to make a purse a few years back.

  4. Wow...you did all that and with great looking nails. I love the fabric too.

  5. Wow, that's gorgeous! Nice job! I would love to have a sandblaster -and a husband who knew how to operate it!!:)

    Flannery @ threesisterz.blogspot.com

  6. I love it, great fabric choice.

    PS: Now I totally want a sandblaster :+)

  7. I've never heard of a sandblaster before but now I totally want one!!

    You've completely transformed this. Well done!!

  8. Thanks so much for linking to my party. I do love the new look. Could you please add my link.

  9. Fabulous transformation! How great to ave a sandblaster on hand like that! You lucky ducky!

    Beautiful job! Love it!


  10. Sister friend...YOU NAILED IT. This is absolutely making me want to do SOMETHING in french script...OMGosh..you did a fantastic job!!
    What can I cover...what.....what....:))

  11. i have learned that i need a sandblaster- that is amazing! it looks so pretty and new, like something you would find in a posh store. very well done! adding sandblastwe to my christmas list. ;)

  12. Very nicely done...now can I use your sandblaster? Terry

  13. Love the idea of the legs. YOu use every scrap, don't you. I saw the pattern on those pieces and they made me think of the rosemaling stroke.

    I once saved the arms on an old couch, I still haven't figured a use other than some kind of candel holder or bracket, but they could be legs.
    jo at sunnyside

  14. Oh, I love that fabric! I want to use something like this for a project. Good job on your stool! I love it.
    I would love for you to share this at my link party and to join my giveaway going on now! alittleknickknack.blogspot.com. Have a wonderful weekend!

  15. Wow! What a great vision for this piece! I wish I had a sand blaster! Great transformation! Thanks for visiting My Life In Stages! Good luck with the wine bottles!

  16. LOVE!!! The finished result is FANTASTIC!!

  17. LOVE that fabric you chose, turned out wonderful. I've featured you on Craft Gossip today!

    If you would like a "featured by" button, you can grab one here!



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