Andra Van Der Westhuizen
Andra Van Der Westhuizen
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Something Old, Now Something New

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My daughter has been on the look out for a new stool for her dressing table. However, finding one with the correct height, look and price is not so easy. So I got an idea...convert this little occasional table I have - origin long forgotten - that really is just there - well, because it's there and it gets moved around the house a lot.
something old now something new
First thing, bounce the idea off her, she's enthusiastic and asks for the colour of it to be grey and it must have a fluffy cushion...Secondly, she had to sit on it in front of her dressing table so that I could see how high the foam seat needed to be - more or less, approximately, a relatively accurate estimation...
something old now something new
At a local material shop I was able to get recycled high density foam and had it cut to size.
We bought 40 inches of black printed poly cotton (which was on sale) some fringe and blue, shiny beading. The fluffy material faux fur she was after, was way to expensive so she settled on this black material with white inspirational wording in our native Afrikaans language.
Next stop was the hardware shop for grey spray paint, but again, the plan changed into silver, which has a 'hammered' effect when dry.
Scrap material to cover the foam, cotton, glue, sandpaper etcetera I already had at home.
something old now something new
There was enough scrap material to cover the foam. I preferred to do this as this recycled foam tends to be a bit rough to the touch and can break apart easily, so why not give it a double layer of material for a smoother seat.
It was like wrapping a present, getting the ends to meet - half of the seams were done by sewing machine, and the rest by hand.
something old now something new
I decided to make the outer cover in the same way - not doing it the proper upholstery way - with tacks and all that.  This cushion was going to be loose, sitting on top of the stool so that it can be re-covered or disposed of at any time and also the stool can turn in back to a little table.
something old now something new
something old now something new
something old now something new
Cover done, the fringe was pinned to the top edge and hand sewn. The beading however, had to be glued on as the surface is now tight and in place. I used wood glue - I find it is less visible and works better on material than a hot glue gun. Only drawback is that wood glue takes longer to dry.
something old now something new
something old now something new
something old now something new
The table was then sanded lightly and spray painted. This was a quick process, maybe 30 minutes in total. When dry, it looks like hammered metal.
And there we have it...a perfect fit for the dressing table, without spending a fortune.
something old now something new
something old now something new
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  • Joanie
    on Jun 1, 2018

    I like that hammered look paint.....where to buy it??? I might try it. My Moms had hammered pots and pans.

  • Jpsiskos
    on Jul 1, 2018

    I also would like to know where to get this paint and what exactly is is called. Great idea and the material and fringe are perfect. Beautiful!

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  • Lisa
    on Jun 17, 2018

    what an awesome job! That hammered paint was perfect for this and I really love the fabric and fringe. The 'jewels' connect the whole thing. Thanks so much for sharing this!

  • Gail
    on Jun 18, 2018

    Well done and if she decides later she wants a table or simpler cushion you can do a different will still have the hammered table.

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