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I love thrifting and then re-purposing or updating my finds to make something new. Its great to recycle and have something new to enjoy.
One of my current home projects is organizing and adding some style to my closet. I had found an old stool at a local thrift store and thought it would perfect as a small bench to use in my closet as a place to sit when putting on my shoes. Its compact size makes it easy to store when not in use. But it needed to be repaired and updated.
- primer (optional)
- grease remover
- glue (optional)
- clamps (optional)
- paint brush (unless you’re using spray paint)
- drop cloth
- staple gun
- drill or screw driver
I picked up some fabric at my local craft store (spent less than $3!) and searched my garage for some paint to use. I decided to use a spray paint with primer so this made the project very simple.
Repair Repair any damage to your piece and tighten all joints using glue or additional screws if needed. A piece of the foot of my stool had fallen off and I easily re-attached it with some glue. Clamp if necessary while drying.
Remove fabric covered board Use a drill to remove the screws to remove the fabric covered seat board.
Clean your piece Use a grease cleaner to remove stains or oil so that the paint adheres well to your piece
Paint Paint your piece. A primer may be needed depending on the paint you’re using and the condition of the piece. For this project I used spray paint that had a primer incorporated. It is always best to paint your piece outdoors or in your garage because of the paint fumes (and mess). Apply enough coats until there is a nice coverage.
Remove old fabric Use pliers or a screwdriver to remove staples or nails that are holding down the fabric. My piece had two layers of fabric as it had been previously recovered. I removed the top layer and kept the bottom layer
Cover with new fabric Lay your fabric face down on a hard surface. Lay your cushion face down. Pull fabric over sides and attach to board. I like to attach the middle section of each side first. Make sure to stretch fabric so it is nice and taunt. The corners are a little trickier – I start with a single staple in the center of each corner and then trim the fabric a bit. Keep pulling and stapling until you get a nice covering for the entire corner section. Repeat for remaining corners. Add additional staples so that the material is taunt and attached well for the entire seat. Trim excess fabric.
Reattach fabric covered board Once the paint is dry, reattached the fabric covered board with the saved screws.
How do you incorporate recycled products into your home?
Stayed tuned for more closet updates….