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Painted And Upholstered Stool Makeover

I have a fun and fairly easy project for you today, a painted and upholstered stool makeover!  This stool just needed a little TLC and with the help of some paint and fabric, I was able to give it a brand new look.

Painted And Upholstered Stool Makeover, How to makeover a stool, step by step directions with pictures!

~Here is the before~

Stool makeover before
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I wanted to lighten it up so I grabbed some fabric I had used in a past project and some of my favorite paint.


Deco Art Americana Chalky Finish Paint, Serene

Old stool


Screw driver


Staple gun

Hot glue


Americana Decor Creme Wax

Angle Trim Brush


First I removed any dirt and dust using a rag.  Next, I took the batting and staples out from underneath  the stool. A flat head screwdriver works best to leverage these staples out. (That’s my grandfather’s screwdriver and about 80 years old)How to recover a stool, great tutorial with pictures

Using angle brush I gave the legs 2 coats of paint. I didn’t worry about getting it on the old fabric since I would be covering right over it. Next I applied a layer of creamy wax using a soft rag.  I buffed until I got the desired look I was after.

How to recover a stool, great tutorial with pictures

Next you will need to cut out the new fabric. Place the stool in the centre of the fabric, making sure there is enough to cover the top and approx. 1/3 of the underside of the seat and then cut out.

How to recover a stool, great tutorial with pictures


Begin stapling your fabric starting in the center of the bench. Smooth the fabric and pull the fabric taught as you go. Do the same for the other side, leaving the corners for last. I stapled about every 6 inches then went back and stapled in between when done.How to recover a stool, great tutorial with pictures

I decided a little pleat in each corner would add some charm to my bench. So I folded the point in each corner and stapled it down.

How to recover a stool, great tutorial with pictures

Trim away the excess fabric. I wasn’t able to completely cover the staples around the legs  so I decided to hot glue some ribbon around the edges covering up any imperfections.  You could also use cording. 

How to recover a vainty stool! You should see the before of this vanity stool

It’s amazing what you can do with some fabric and paint! 

How to easily update a vanity stool

It’s that time to see what all the talented ladies found at their local thrift stores and made-over this month.

Thrift Store (1)

Thrift Store Decor Makeovers

My Repurposed Life – Easy Spray Paint Welcome Mat

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia – Paint and Upholstered Stool Makeover

Domestically Speaking  – Rattan Lamp Makeover

Our Southern Home – Chalkboard Wall Art

Petticoat Junktion – Stenciled Wood Chest

Refresh Restyle – Repurposed Farmhouse Tote

Thanks so much for stopping in today, have a great rest of the week!

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