Okay, confession time... I've stored this ottoman since last summer, waiting for a rainy day to tackle it. Well, there's been plenty of rainy days since then, really, I was just scared of the upholstery. Lately, I've been trying to get done some of my older projects to make way for all the new ones I will find with the upcoming garage sale season. So, this stool got hauled out from the closet for me to experiment with.
I admit, upholstery scares me halfway to france. Which, is probably why I put it off so long. But once I got going on it, it wasn't all that bad.
This is what the stool started out like:
Once I ripped off all the old fabric, and took out all the staples, I was left with this...
Because the foam was a little squished, I added two layers of fleece before I stapled on two layers of burlap. I used two layers of burlap because my fleeces was blue, and could be seen through if I only used one layer.
I then stapled on burlap to cover up the bottom... You can also see how I did the corners on this picture.
I then hotglued on a piece of folded burlap around all four edges to cover up the mess on the sides.
Upholstery tacks were placed evenly around the top and bottom edges to give it a finished look. After wrecking a half dozen tacks by hammering them in crooked, I asked my dad what to do, and he suggested holding them with a needle nosed plier. Which worked perfectly... Thanks pops!
This picture shows how I measured between tacks! My fingers worked great for that! And yes, I have a pink hammer :-)
After it was done, it still really needed something to make it standout.
Hmm... This might look okay! I printed out the numbers and cut them out to give me an idea of what they would like. I really didn't want to wreck all my hard work.
I made a stencil out of freezer paper to apply the numbers.
I crossed my fingers, hoping it worked out okay...
Yess!! But it still needed something more, so I decided to add the stripes. They were just done with painter's tape.
I took it up with me when we visited my parent's last week and my brother and I had a little photo session with it outside.
He thought it was a little strange that I wanted to take pictures of a stool in the outdoors.
But, he does lovely nature photography...
Go visit him... he would love it!
This stool was a lot of work, but I am really happy with the end result and am wishing I had a spot to
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