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How to Re-cover an Upholstered Footstool

How to Re-cover an Upholstered Footstool

Whether you’re simply covering it with plain or painted fabric, reupholstering an old footstool is an upcycling project that is fun and achievable for anyone. You can use Annie Sloan fabric or upcycle another fabric by painting or printing it with your own pattern using Chalk Paint®.

  1. Unscrew the footstool’s legs and strip the original fabric using pliers and a tack lifter.

  2. Lay the stool down on your new fabric, keeping the fabric as taut and straight as possible.

  3. Smooth the fabric out with your hand, ‘brushing’ it towards the corners, and up and around the edges.

  4. Pull the fabric around the sides of the stool and staple down along the underside of the stool using a staple gun to within about 1.5 inches from the corner. Always start in the centre and work out to the corners.

  5. Pull the fabric as tightly as possible over one corner, and staple it once diagonally.

  6. Make two pleats, one on either side of the corner. Cut away as much fabric as possible so your pleats are not too bulky. 

  7. Staple the two pleats in place.  

  8. Repeat steps 5-7 on the remaining three corners, starting in the opposite corner to the one you have just finished.

  9. Finally, cut out some black bottom lining just a little smaller than the stool base. Fold the edges in by 1cm, and staple in place. 

    The fabric on our footstool was printed in Chalk Paint®. To find out how it was done, see Annie Sloan Paints Everything published by CICO Books 2016. Photography by Christopher Drake © CICO Books.


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