I spend a lot of time on my deck in the summer. It is my go to place to read and relax every evening. The only problem is there is nothing to literally put my feet up on. I always end up dragging my table over to wherever I am sitting. I have had an old foot stool sitting in my basement for years. I imagine at some point and time I had good intentions of doing something with it but honestly it was forgotten about until now. I decided to make it an outdoor foot stool for under $10!!
Footstool Face Lift
Outdoor fabric can be pricey and I didn't need a lot so I opted for a cheaper alternative and made a trip to my local Dollarama for a clear table protector and an indoor outdoor table cloth.
So I opted for this bright blue. If you seen any of my posts on my outdoor furniture you will notice that everything is teal and turquoise with splashes of yellows and reds. So I wanted something to match.
To prep this project I had to remove the legs and the material that was covering it. This was the most daunting part as there were a lot of staples. I removed them using a knife to pry them up and a pair of needle nose pliers.
One hour later.... And I am ready to begin recovering.
I am using this plastic table protector to cover the foam on the stool. It will prevent it from getting soaked from the rain. (If we ever get any.. it's been a very dry summer so far)
I placed the table protector over the foot stool and cut to fit. I left the protector folded so there is two layers.
I turned the foot stool upside down with plastic underneath. Pulling the plastic tight I began stapling in place going around the foot stool. This doesn't have to be perfect as it is just to protect the foam from getting wet.
So here is the foot stool complete and ready for the fabric.
So I did the same thing as before, by placing the fabric over the stool and cutting material to desired length.
Flip over stool with fabric underneath and using a staple gun pull material tight and begin to staple fabric in place. Going around both sides. I left the short ends for last.
Next was to secure the ends. Again pull material taunt and staple. I secured in middle and left the ends.
I folded the corner and stapled in place. Repeat on all 4 sides.
This is what it looks like underneath.
Here is the stool covered. I'm no upolsterer, but I'm pleased with the job I did. Next it was time to reattach the legs. I thought of painting them, but for now I am going to leave them.
Here is my foot stool redone. Love this color!
Just wanted to show you what happens when water is poured on it. The water sits on top and rolls off the material.
Time to put my feet up and relax. I love how this turned out. Overall it was an easy project. The most time consuming was removing the old staples, but well worth it.
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Ardale on Jul 22, 2021
I don't mean to be hateful or rain on anyone's parade but I agree that you should protect the exposed wood both on the legs and underside of the seat and don't forget to also put a good marine sealer on the bottom of the feet as well because rain water will wick up those legs, so you have in effect ruined a beautiful antique foot stool. If left outside in the elements any untreated wood will mold and rot. While this looks pretty and will be comfortable it is not made for using outside and it would be such a shame to ruin something that has survived so many many years. Old untreated wood is very dry and it will wick moisture out of the air, even when it's not raining. Just a hazy foggy morning is enough to make that wood mold over time and if your area is humid like mine is it will happen even quicker. I'm sorry if I offended anyone. It was not my intention. I just hoped to let people know that antiques are rare and getting rarer so what has survived should be taken care of for future generations to enjoy. If you want to add comfort outside then why not use a newer piece of furniture and not ruin something that has stood the test of time and is well made. Furniture made today will never last as long as that foot stool has. I understand that you want comfort outside as well but you can buy furniture made for outside use or you can make a footstool yourself that is just as pretty but won't hurt if it rots in a couple of years or so and use this one inside where it belongs.