Faux Fur Footstool Facelift.
Say that five times fast. 🙂
I’m going to tell you something because I’m sure I’m not the only one….sometimes I’ll hang on to an item (like this footstool) for years and years because I KNOW it could be really cute….the potential is there, I can SEE it…but then the item sits languishing in storage, abandoned and collecting dust, because I just keep putting off the whole “making it cute” part. Please tell me it’s not just me. (ahem)
Well, this sad little footstool was one of those things for me.
I’ve literally had it for at least 13 years. thirteen. years. Poor thing. It spent the last four years in our huge shed on the farm that we moved from just over 12 months ago. I would almost throw it out, but could never bring myself to actually do it. The frame was still solid and I knew it could be cute again. The fabric, no longer my style, was sad and dirty – but I figured I would recover it *someday*….well, someday is finally here. (yay!) I decided that a little sanding, some paint and some faux fur would do the trick. I was determined to make it beautiful again.
You’ve seen how chalk type paint is all the rage lately, right? That stuff is everywhere and at first, I thought I was going to steer clear of it. I liked latex paint just fine, thankyouverymuch. But I couldn’t help myself. I got sucked in and I had to give it a go. It’s PAINT, after all, and you know how much I love paint. I decided this little footstool would be the perfect small project to experiment on. If it didn’t work out, it wasn’t like I would have a huge piece to re-do. Seems safe, right?
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Supplies for footstool facelift
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- chalk paint (this one is similar)
- my favorite brush
- this cute little foam roller and handle
- my mouse sander
- and a small styrofoam bowl to hold the paint
- a piece of faux fur in your favorite color
- fabric scissors
- hot glue gun and glue
Painting the body of the footstool
It only took me maybe 15 minutes to apply the first coat of paint. Then I went about my normal routine of
binge-watching Downton Abby and eating truffles changing diapers, wiping noses, and folding laundry while I waited for the paint to dry. The instructions on the bottle suggest waiting 2 hours, so I did. Waiting for paint to dry is no fun for the impatient. Good thing I had Carson and Mrs Hughes household duties to keep my mind off it.
By the time I finished applying the second coat, I was in love. Chalk paint is such a blast to use!! It goes on easily, does not have strong fumes, and covers like a dream. I used this brand and no, I did not use the special brushes recommended by the manufacturer. I just used my favorite brush and little roller – and they worked really well. And guess what? With chalk paint, you do NOT need to prime – AND it covered in just two coats!! To say I am delighted with the outcome is an understatement.
After the paint had dried thoroughly, I went over the legs and body of the stool with my sander to distress it a bit. I didn’t want it to look “perfect”, you know.
How to cover the footstool cushion
And that sad, stained cushion on the stool? I cleaned it up as best I could and covered it with snowy-white faux fur!
I literally just laid the footstool upside down on the fur,
cut the fur to fit,
and hot glued it into place. As you can see, I only took it to the very side edge of the top. I didn’t want excess fur to interfere with the ability of the top to close on it’s hinges properly. I can’t decide if I want to go back and paint over this old fabric on the edge or if I’ll leave it as a nod to what it once was.
Either way, it’s such a fun and lovely piece now.
Best of all? It was super easy! Just be careful of the hot glue – I have a nice blister to prove my ineptitude with a high-temp glue gun. Ouch. But my sad little stool that has followed me around for our last several moves is now complete – fresh and cute after her facelift. See how happy she is? My little faux fur footstool… (you know it’s fun to say!) 😉
For kicks and giggles, this is what my dining room table looks like when I’m in the middle of creating something fun. Just keeping it real, friends. *wink*
Oh, and before I go, I have to confess. My reference to Downton Abby up above? Yeah….I wish I actually got to binge-watch that show. Sadly, I’ve only seen the first two episodes of this season – so don’t tell me what has happened. I WILL catch up…one of these days. *smile*