A complete transformation...and in less than an hour! I got the foot stool at a garage sale for $1. I was hesitant, but for $1 I couldn't go wrong, or at least that's what I told myself. You'll notice I left the legs as they were. I thought about painting, but would have just painted black anyway. The only advantage would have been to get rid of the little bit of gold around the bottom of each leg.
1. Find a foot stool. Before I ever purchase something I make sure that I know how to take it apart. Flip it over and take a look!
It looked easy enough to take apart. Legs off, screws out, and tear off the cardboard. Of course that is usually as much as you can see without actually taking it apart.
2. Take it apart. It came apart like I had thought it would. The legs unscrewed. Then I took out the screws (I started this by hand, but then I went and got the drill. Power tools are much more fun!) Finally I tore off the cardboard and old fabric.
I have to admit the whole process was a little gross once I got past screw removal. In my chair tutorial I got lucky and the foam looked like new. I was not so lucky here. I immediately threw the foam away. Foam is expensive, so keep reading for an alternative solution.
3. Begin reconstruction. I used a Walmart pillow ($2.50) instead of replacing the foam. The pillow was larger than I needed so I just cut it smaller and sewed across the open side after I removed some of the extra stuffing. Then I used a staple gun to staple the pillow onto the base.
4. Cut a piece of fabric to size. Flip the base, so that the foam or pillow side is facing down on top of the fabric. Staple the fabric to the back (bottom) of the base. Reattach brackets and legs to the base.
5. Admire the finished project. I whipped up a pillow with the rest over scraps to help accessorize the boring chair. You will be shocked how fluffy and comfortable this foot stool is. Much softer than if I had used foam. I LOVE it!