DIY Reupholstered Stool

I got this chair for free at the end of an estate sale in my area (at this sale all items were free after a certain time since the house needed to be cleared) I also scored a big bag of zippers that helped me kick start my sewing. Although I loved the size (and price) it needed a facelift. With a drill, a staple gun, and some extra fabric, I knew I could make something work.

I got this chair for free at the end of an estate sale in my area (at this sale all items were free after a certain time since the house needed to be cleared) I also scored a big bag of zippers that helped me kick start my sewing.

Although I loved the size (and price) it needed a facelift. With a drill, a staple gun, and some extra fabric, I knew I could make something work.

To start I unscrewed the top from the base of the stool. I used a power drill, but a normal screw driver would work for this part of the project. 

Next you need to pick your fabric. Since I work as a textile designer, I have accumulated a large stash. Fabric can be picked up at a local store, repurposed from an old item, or I have found lost of free options through sites like Craigslist.   Make sure to keep the thickness of your fabric in mind, too thin may tear easily and too thick may not be difficult to staple though. 

Next you need to pick your fabric. Since I work as a textile designer, I have accumulated a large stash. Fabric can be picked up at a local store, repurposed from an old item, or I have found lost of free options through sites like Craigslist.  

Make sure to keep the thickness of your fabric in mind, too thin may tear easily and too thick may not be difficult to staple though. 

Next use your staple gun to attach the fabric to your top, like wrapping a present. Since I chose a thicker fabric I had trouble getting the edges (where fabric is doubled over).

Next use your staple gun to attach the fabric to your top, like wrapping a present. Since I chose a thicker fabric I had trouble getting the edges (where fabric is doubled over).

Attach the top back to the base. Again since I used thicker fabric, I had to really work to get the base back on and definitely needed the drill to get the nails through the fabric.

Attach the top back to the base. Again since I used thicker fabric, I had to really work to get the base back on and definitely needed the drill to get the nails through the fabric.

But it is all worth it in the end! With a little hard work I created something I love and that will now help my little dog (Burt Macklin) jump on the bed!

But it is all worth it in the end! With a little hard work I created something I love and that will now help my little dog (Burt Macklin) jump on the bed!