30 January 2013

A Diamond in the Rough

It's taken me more that 2 months but I've finally finished it.  Do you remember the stool I found in November at a yard sale?  See my yard sale finds here.  I knew you wouldn't recognize her.  This neglected beauty needed a little care and after a little sanding, staining, painting and reupholstering she looks better than ever.  Just look at those legs!

She is not only beautiful on the outside but she is truly beautiful on the inside too.
I originally planned to paint the stool black but after I sanded it I found the most beautiful natural wood.  I couldn't bring myself to cover it with paint it.

Here are a few pictures I took along the way during this dramatic makeover.

Refinishing the Wood

Stool Before
Stool with removable top

Stool after sanding

Stool stained Ebony with MinWax

Fabric on the Inside 

To cover the inside I used Mod Podge and a fabric remnant I found at Premier Fabrics.

 I took the stool apart.  I used a sponge brush to apply Mod Podge to the bottom piece.

I layed the fabric over the Mod Podge and smoothed the fabric.   Then I trimmed the fabric to the shape of the bottom piece.

 Reupholster the Top

I reupholstered the top with Suzani chocolate/ natural by Premier Prints.

How to reupholster a stool?
Remove old upholstery and cut foam to size.
Wrap foam and seat in batting secure with staples.
How to reupholster a stool?

How to reupholster a stool?
Fold sides to make a pleat and secure with staples.

How to reupholster a stool?
Cut off extra fabric

How to reupholster a stool?
Cut piece to cover bottom of cushion, fold under edges and secure with staples.

Paint the Hardware

Krylon Brushed Metallic Carmel Latte

 Seal the Wood

Rust-Oleum Clear Lacquer

Before and After

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  1. This looks really great. Love the coordinating fabrics you choose. Nice detail finishing the inside!

    1. Thanks, I'm thrilled with how it turned out.

  2. Looks good! I saw you at the pinterest party and just pinned your project! Have a great weekend!


  3. that is a stool for an old singer sewing machine cabinet. they are around and handy to have. you have done a great job on this one!

    1. Thanks for the info. I didn't know what type of stool it was.

  4. Absolutely GORGEOUS! I really love furniture makeovers! Thanks for showing how to do it. Linda


  5. Love this! That fabric is wonderful! Thanks for sharing! =D

  6. that looks great! I love the fabric and your choice to leave the natural wood :)

    1. Thank you, the natural wood was just too pretty to paint!

  7. That was a true labor of love.... You certainly put a lot of work into that old stool. and looks how FAB it turned out!
    Good for you... :)

    hugs x

    1. Thank you. I do enjoy giving furniture new life.

  8. Looks great! I love seeing before and afters on furniture!

    alaya @ My DIY Diary