DIY Footstool Makeover

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In the evening after all my household chores are done,  I like to pour myself a cup of coffee, throw on my jammies, prop my back against some fluffy pillows, and work on my blog from the comfort of my bed. Sounds fabulous, right? But the problem with this scenario is that I’ve been getting way too comfy and I keep falling asleep and waking up in the middle of the night with the TV still on, the laptop on my lap, and a half-written post. My solution? Create a comfy blogging spot in my room–but not too comfy, so I won’t fall asleep!

So, with that goal in mind, last weekend I did a quick DIY footstool makeover so I can prop my feet up, sip on a cup of coffee, and work on my blog without dozing off. My budget for this makeover: a mere $25.00. Here are some before and after photos (don’t you just love before and after photos?).

Footstool makeover before

This footstool was a freebie from a friend. It had seen better days–the fabric was dirty and worn and the legs were scuffed and chipped. But it was sturdy and had good bones and I knew that a quick makeover could take this charming little stool from trash to treasure. So with a can of spray paint leftover from another project in one hand (cost: $0)  and a half yard of designer fabric in the other (cost: $25), I transformed this stool in one afternoon.

First, I removed the worn fabric, then I lightly sanded and cleaned the legs so the paint would adhere properly. Next, I gave it two light coats of spray paint to prevent the paint from dripping and then allowed the paint to dry thoroughly. It’s important to wear a mask and choose a well ventilated area when using spray paint. I normally throw a tarp on the lawn and spray paint outside, or if it’s a particularly windy day, I paint inside the garage with the door open.

Once the paint was dry (about an hour is all it takes), I cut a piece of fabric (mustard fleur chinoise from Caitlin Wilson Textiles) to fit the top of the stool, folded the corners to fit around the legs, then stapled the fabric to the underside of the frame using a nail gun. What a difference a little spray paint and a half yard of fabric makes! Here’s a close up view.

footstool makeover after

To complete my new blogging space, I shopped my house and placed this cute little wicker table next to the chair so I have a handy place to put my coffee and added this pretty aqua lamp that I bought at Target last year. The end result of a couple of hours of work: this cute little blogging nook, no dozing while I work, AND this completed post.

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Where’s your favorite blogging spot?

24 Comments on DIY Footstool Makeover

  1. shreejacob
    August 1, 2013 at 12:43 pm (4 years ago)

    I LOVE before and after photos!!!! And wow I need a place like that too! It looks awesome :)

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    • afternoonartist
      August 3, 2013 at 1:11 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks, Shree. Responding to your comment from my new little blogging corner, LOL!

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  2. Cynthia
    August 1, 2013 at 12:53 pm (4 years ago)

    Beautiful work. I especially like the lamp in your space. ;)

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    • afternoonartist
      August 3, 2013 at 1:12 pm (4 years ago)

      I love that lamp, too, Cynthia. I bought it earlier this year at Target–one of my favorite places to shop.

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  3. Gabriel Garbow
    August 1, 2013 at 12:53 pm (4 years ago)

    I’m impressed… Everything about that corner of the room is charming! Now, with your newly upgraded footstool, the space looks like the embodiment of a breezy summer vacation. Good work.

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    • afternoonartist
      August 3, 2013 at 1:15 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you Gabriel. Cool blues, and breezy cottage style is one of my favorite decorating styles.

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  4. Beth Parker
    August 1, 2013 at 1:14 pm (4 years ago)

    What an adorable and comfy spot, Jill! Love it!

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    • afternoonartist
      August 3, 2013 at 1:25 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks, Beth. I couldn’t resist that Caitlin Wilson fabric. How are things going in the sign shop?

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  5. Pat
    August 1, 2013 at 10:21 pm (4 years ago)

    I love it!

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    • afternoonartist
      August 3, 2013 at 1:26 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks, Pat. It was a fun, quick, and inexpensive project. I need to do more of these mini makeovers.

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  6. Cindy D.
    August 2, 2013 at 1:07 am (4 years ago)

    Holy cow do you ever take a break? :P It is just lovely! Wonderful job with the colors and patterns.

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    • afternoonartist
      August 3, 2013 at 1:16 pm (4 years ago)

      I did take a break. No blogging or painting for the last couple of days. But it’s back to the old drawing board again this weekend.

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    • afternoonartist
      August 3, 2013 at 1:21 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you. I’m glad I found your blog. Can’t wait to see all the goodies you plan to share.

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  7. Apple Hill Cottage
    August 2, 2013 at 1:12 pm (4 years ago)

    Hey, thank you for liking my post; that led me to yours. What a lovely little corner! And it’s really a good thing that you never accidentally pushed “publish” as you dozed over your keyboard… :-)

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    • afternoonartist
      August 3, 2013 at 1:23 pm (4 years ago)

      It IS a good thing that I never accidentally pushed “publish” as I dozed, LOL! And let me tell you, when I fall asleep with a laptop on my lap, it really gets hot!

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    • afternoonartist
      August 3, 2013 at 1:18 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you, Elena. Apparently my little Corgi mix has been finding my new blogging spot ever so inviting, too. I’ve found him snoozing in my chair several times now. Oh sure, buddy, wait until I makeover the space to discover that chair….

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  8. Liz Leyden
    August 3, 2013 at 12:04 am (4 years ago)

    Good work, but I’m sure one day you’ll doze off there in your comfortable chair.

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  9. Boomdeeadda
    August 3, 2013 at 8:06 pm (4 years ago)

    What a charming little spot, I really like the combination of colour and always appreciate when an item can be repurposed and earn a new life. Thank you so much for coming by my blog too. Cheers

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    • afternoonartist
      August 3, 2013 at 8:25 pm (4 years ago)

      No problem. I’m glad I found your blog.

      Reply
  10. Winter Owls
    August 4, 2013 at 10:55 am (4 years ago)

    It looks like a lovely place to blog :)

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    • afternoonartist
      August 9, 2013 at 11:37 am (4 years ago)

      Now, if I can just keep the dogs off of my chair.

      Reply

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