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Monday, January 24, 2011

Makeover Monday~ A Wee Footstool and a Question about Round Top

As you may know I have an affinity for footstools. My sweet dachshund Rudi needs all the help he can get jumping up onto furniture he shouldn’t be on. :) I recently redid a sweet gem I found at an estate sale.
footstool 001
In it previous life the legs were made of dark wood that had extensive scratching. While the needlepoint was sweet, it had been very well loved and was fraying through on one side of the footstool and quite thin in other areas.
A footstool is the very best project to begin with if you would like to learn how to reupholster. The cushion on this particular stool was held in place by four screws that were easy to undo. Removing the staples that held the upholstery and padding in place  was next. I replaced the old material with new padding and a yummy nubby linen. While the top was off I sanded the curvy wood legs, gave the entire frame a coat of cream spray paint, distressed it and applied a thin layer of Ralph Lauren “smoke” glaze. 
footstool 009
I would love to know if anyone has attended the famous Round Top Antique Show either as a buyer or a seller or perhaps you have plans to do so in the future. I am interested in hearing about your experiences. Pleas email me at  .

Have a happy Monday!
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24 comments : said...

That looks fabulous! Love the makeover of that cute little foot stool!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What a cute little footstool, Laura! Love it in the white!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Laura, great little stool project. I have one that is begging to be redone. Maybe I will tackle it!

Joni of Cote de Texas has been to Roundtop. Why don't you post to her on her blog and ask her to email you about it. I'm sure she knows the ropes there, and she is always so sweet and helpful.


Sheila :-)

Marydon said...

What a darling redo, Laura. Rudi will enjoy this piece for sure. See you all had a lovely visit with another blogger friend ... surprised no Sherry, tho. Don't forget to send me details on the the party.

Have a beautiful week, my friend.

jeanette from everton terrace said...

Great revamp. I have not been though it has been on my list for years now. Feels like still a few years away for me but I'm hoping you go so I can virtually visit with you :)

Mary Catherine said...

Living in Houston, it makes the trip to Round Top rather easy...about 45 minutes door to door. I try to go at least to one of the shows each year (it comes once in the Spring and once in the Fall) as a buyer for myself. If you have a chance to go either as a seller or buyer, I think it is worth it! Oh, and I think Eddie Ross is organizing a shopping trip for this Spring. Check out his blog under events.

Miss Sandy said...

Gorgeous redo! Let me check, I think one of blog friends had a booth there this year, if so, I'll put you in touch via email.

Dawna said...

The antique show sounds fun...and you did a great job on the stool. Have a happy Monday as well :)

Laura Wilkerson said...

The makeover is fabulous..I love the colors! I have never distressed or glazed anything in my life but have an old chair that's fixin' to get it's first makeover....let's all cross our fingers :)

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour Laura,
Love yourI've heard alot of good things about Round Top - Metis Linens would fit right in!
Bonne semaine,

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Cute footstool. Never been to roundtop, but Karen is going this year.

Shelia said...

Hi Mz. Laura! Oh, the little foot stool turned out so sweet! You're very good!! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

French said...

having seen this lovely last weekend, I can say that this really is a sweet little footstool! I wish I had the ability to upholster, but I have given up!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

You did a FAB job!!! I am someday gonna save my pennies and ask you to re-do my Fathers old wood chair that he had as a child... right now it is 1/2 yellow and 1/2 baby blue from a butcher job I did in trying to fix it :( Someday... :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh Laura,
I love how your footstool turned out! It's so shabby chic, you go girl, you have so many talents!

Susan said...

I love the footstool! Beautiful job!! I think I would have had to salvage the needle point somehow with another project! Thats just me though!

♥-Icy BC-♥ said...

Very adorable looking!

Karena said...

Andrea what a special little footstool for Rudi!! he will love it!

Seriously a job well done and a beautiful makeover. You are teaching me to keep my eyes open for possibilities!

to brighten your day....

Art by Karena

Jerri said...

What a cute stool Great makeover!

Linda said...

The stool looks wonderful!
No, I've never heard of that sale, but we're way out here in the middle of nowhere in the central-Illinois corn and bean fields. :P

Liz said...

Darling! Did you save the needlepoint?
You could totally re-purpose that as well. I sounds like you had a great trip to SoCal. A veritable "who's who"! :)

I have heard of Round Top... but never been there. There are some "OK" shows around here this time of year... I think that I am going to try to hit some before it gets hot.
Have a great week!
~Liz said...


I love how you magically transform things back into beautiful, functional pieces. I am in awe of your creativity and talent, my friend.


TRay said...

I have a question: When are WE going to Round Top?!?

Love this footstool!!


Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

It looks wonderful Laura. I did a post a few weeks back on the Rose Bowl flea market, but I love the one in Long Beach. Are you there every month? I'm so sorry I didn't go. I would've loved to have met you :-)