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Fringe Footstool Makeover

July 1, 2011
by thenestinggame

So, after living with the chair we almost sold and then almost re-bought but didn’t have to, we realized—well, *I* realized because I’m the only one who ever sits in it—that it needs an ottoman. (Sorry, grammar police, that was brutal.) I dabbled in the idea of the Morrocan pouf, but didn’t really want to spend the dough on something I have to stuff myself with old bath towels. (Although those Bohemia ones are pretty reasonable. Nate Berkus has some snazzy ones too.) Plus my Mom used to have one and, if she still does, maybe I could get the family discount. (F-R-E-E)

While on a junkin’ outing last weekend I came across 2 little footstools for what amounts to a chintzy Starbucks gift card. I snagged them and decided I’d give them a little makeover. Here’s what the first one looked like.

I wish I’d taken a pic in the thrift store, things always look bleaker in there. It actually almost looks kind of jaunty in my front yard. It reminds me of this little dude from Beauty and the Beast.

Beneath the fringe, I spied some shapely modern legs.

I also found a discount store price tag. Do you REALLY think someone paid 125 BUCKS for this guy? Or even 40 for that matter? I paid $8, in case you’re wondering.

I couldn’t wait to grab my pliers and get to work. I quickly pulled off the first layer of ball trim. The fringe was a little more tenacious.

Ouch! But after a little tugging and prying, it all came off and I was left with this mushroomy dude.

I added this photo of my “athletic” calves for a height reference. This puppy is not very tall and Taylor thinks it’s kinda pointless. I think his exact words were “How is this different than putting your feet on the floor?” He has yet to appreciate the fabulosity that is my new footstool. In fact, my feet are propped up on it as I type!

Next, a trip to Lewis & Sheron was in order. Since the footstool would be going in this room…

(Don’t mind the chimney sweep. Believe it or not, this is the best picture I have of this room. It gets no natural light and my camera has special needs in low light.) …I wanted a brown fabric with a simple print. Here’s what I pulled. What do you like the best?

(I realize the toile is not simple, but Taylor has a thing for toile. The repeat on this one was too broad and ended up not right for such a small piece.)

And after a stapling adventure and only one injury, here’s the final footstool!

Against the chair that never photographs well…

I love the tapered modern legs! Speaking of legs, I tried to get a shot with my feet on it, but my calves looked extremely athletic. Iron Man Athletic. So, you will just have to imagine them there. But, for an $18 adventure (8 for the stool, 10 for the fabric), my feet are greatly enjoying it and I don’t miss all that fringe one bit.

How do you feel about footstools? Too Miss Muffet? Do you indulge in an ottoman? Or do you plop your tootsies straight on the coffee table?

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Sadie permalink
    July 1, 2011 11:00 am

    That looks awesome!!! :D

    • July 1, 2011 11:13 am

      Thanks! You can see it in person today! Can’t wait to see you guys!

  2. lucyglib permalink
    July 1, 2011 11:03 am

    Super cute! I love the blending of patterns with the chair. Can’t wait to sit in it my next visit, scarfing down Triscuits in an effort to fool myself out of a hangover.

  3. July 1, 2011 11:14 am

    I will even go to Kroger to get your favorite kind.

  4. Jaime permalink
    July 1, 2011 8:15 pm

    Molly, you always make me laugh :D Congrats–the footstool looks great!

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