Thursday, April 1, 2010

Kitchen Stool Makeover

I finally re-did our kitchen stools.  They have been living in the garage for the past 9 months or so, ever since Mark turned his back on Claire in the kitchen for 2 minutes and returned to find her standing on top of our kitchen island.  However, I'm hoping that maybe, just maybe, we are mostly past that stage with Claire and I can now keep the stools at the island.

Here is a "before" shot of the stools - functional, but certainly not pretty.  I got them at a church rummage sale for $1.00 each.

I have been wanting to paint them for a while, but have been slightly challenged by the wicker type seat.

I ended up painting the wooden part of the stool (and some of the wicker seat as well) black.

Then I made a cover for the wicker part out of some old muslin I had.  Here is the final product:

Much better, isn't it?

For the cover, I cut a piece of muslin about 5-6" larger than the dimensions of the top of the seat.  I then cut a 4" square out of each corner of the muslin to accommodate the corners of the stool that stick out.  I did the same thing out of Pellon Fusible Fleece (978F) and then ironed the fusible fleece to the muslin, just to give the muslin a little padding and to make sure none of the black on the seat showed through the muslin.

I searched Google Images for a bird silhouette and found this one that I liked, then printed it onto iron on transfer paper and ironed it onto the face of the muslin.  It was a bit tricky getting the entire image to adhere to the muslin, unfortunately.  Thank God for Sharpie marker to fill in a few missing spots!

I then used a package of extra wide double fold bias tape.  I first sewed 8.5" pieces into each "corner" that was cut out, making a fold where it came to the corner.  Then, I sewed approx. a 22" piece of bias tape over each long straight edge, leaving the ends to serve as ties for the cover.

Here is a close-up of the corner of the cover once it is tied on the stool:

Voila - tie it on.  I had all the materials for this project, so it was free to me, but if you are attempting it from scratch you need the following things to cover 2 stools:

1/2 yard muslin, any width (over 36")
1/2 yard Pellon Fusible Fleece (Pellon 978F or any similar fusible padding)
1 package iron-on transfer paper (can get this at almost any hobby, craft, fabric or even large mass merchandiser in their craft section)
1 package extra wide double fold bias tape in the color of your choice
sewing machine

I did not take pictures of the steps of making the cover, I will try to take them when I make the 2nd cover and then post a more detailed tutorial.  They certainly aren't perfect, but they're much better than the original stools with the flaking white paint!


  1. I am totally in love with this, Alyssa. You did an amazing job. I don't know if I could have ever figured out how to make that cover so perfectly fit to the stool. Love the black & white and that bird silhouette is the perfect touch! Beautiful.

  2. Oh my goodness!!! That is awesome!! Great job!

  3. Gorgeous! I love the bird on the seat. It turned out so nice. I would love for you to stop by at my Spring related blog party next week!

  4. Hi Alyssa! I saw your bag on Marvin's Organics FB page, saw you were an Ohio blogger (like me) and had to come over and say hello! Love your etsy shop.


  5. Wow those turned out really cute. I really envy your sewing skills! I'll be back! :)

  6. absolutely delightful! You did a great job! I hopped over from Fingerprints on the Fridge and am so happy that I did. Please accept my invitation to drop in at my place one day soon. Have a fun weekend! until later...

  7. Love love love it!! :)

    Love it.


  8. I am having my first linky party tomorrow (tuesday) and would love to have you link-up:

  9. Great transformation!! And wow - $1 each?! Well done!!

  10. What a great transformation. That bird silhouette looks fabulous. So creative to figure out how to do this! Thanks for sharing at Fun to Craft's Spring has Sprung Party.

  11. the stool looks so great-- very chic!



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