Our two blue footstools got a little makeover this spring…for the second time!
I bought these footstools from Wayfair, and the off-white fabric that came on them was fine, don’t get me wrong, but I bought them knowing that I was going to recover them in a blue fabric. So we did.
Fast forward to 2020 and the year that the blue check blanket came into my life. The blue footstools didn’t match the blue blanket. Tragedy! 🙂 Of course, I recovered them again! This time I documented the process to share with you!
I don’t think I’m professional enough to recover a chair or sofa, but the footstools are no problem. It’s a perfect intro to upholstery.
Apologies for some of the photo quality. I was trying to take pictures with my phone while I was working on them. I should have set up my camera, but you’ll get the idea!
- Depending on how the furniture legs are attached, remove them using the appropriate tool. Mine used an allen wrench.
- You should now be able to freely access the “dust layer.”
- Remove the dust layer to expose the staples and the bottom of the stool/tufting thread.
- Now you’re ready to either remove the existing fabric, or reupholster with the new fabric. I chose to go over the existing and did not remove any of the original fabric because of the tufting.
- Measure and cut your fabric to size.
- Make sure you have 2″ – 3″ excess when you wrap the stool.
- Using a larger upholstery needle, thread through the pre-drilled holes on the back of the stool for the tufting. If your stool project doesn’t have tufting, skip these next steps.
- Pass the needle back through creating a “tuft.” Start in the middle and work your way out.
- Pull the thread tight. I doubled up my thread on the needle, and used “heavy duty” thread. The original tufting used a much larger thread (the off-white color you see), but we used regular “heavy duty” thread the last time, and it’s held up fine!
- Using a stapler, staple 2-3 times pulling the thread in opposite directions so it stays tight.
- Repeat these steps until all of the tufting is complete.
- Pull the fabric tight around the edges of the stool, and staple it every inch or so around the perimeter (avoiding corners).
- Leave your corners free of staples for now so that you can address the corners last.
- Pull the fabric back at the corner, and place a staple to secure.
- Pull both of the straight edges together to wrap the corner.
- Pinch the fabric together, and staple to secure.
- You should end up with a cleanly wrapped corner.
- For this project I added additional staples around the perimeter, and on the corners, to ensure the fabric stayed in place. This is also when I trimmed any excess fabric.
- Reposition the legs of the stool and determine where your bolts need to reattach.
- I had to use a small screwdriver to push through the fabric layers.
- Attach the legs/frame of the stool.
- To finish the tufting, I placed a drop of glue on each staple so there is no chance that the threads can work their way out over time.
Is this a HUGE difference in color? Nope. No it’s not. It is subtle, but it coordinates so much better with the DIY throw blanket that I made. It actually coordinates better with the rest of my decor overall. So it was worth it!
Have you ever reupholstered or recovered a piece of furniture? If so, how did it go? I’d love to know.