I absolutely adore breathing new life into old things, especially when those old things have sentimental value. This step stool belonged to my grandmother. My mom would talk about how she could remember sitting on it in the kitchen in the house she grew up in. I somehow managed to convince her to give it to me, and it's been in my house ever since. After we remodeled our kitchen I thought it would make the perfect addition. Not only is it the perfect height for sitting at our island, it's a step stool so I use it all the time to reach things on our high, open shelving. However the cushion was pretty old and worn out, so I thought I'd give it a refresh!
Here's what you'll need for a similar project.
- Oil cloth. There's so many fun patterns out there now.
- Batting or foam.
- Needle nose pliers
To start you need to separate the two pieces of the seat. This particular stool was held together by small metal tabs. I used the needle nose pliers and hammer to bend the tabs and pull the top piece away. Take care not to over bend your tabs, you'll need them to re-attach, and you don't want to break them off.
Once the pieces were separated, I pulled the old vinyl and foam off, but kept the vinyl to use as the pattern. I laid it on the oil cloth, and cut around it, leaving just a bit of extra fabric around the edges. Better to have too much, than too little. Next I rough cut my batting, just making sure that it was smaller in size than my oil cloth.
I placed all my layers together, and taped them to the bottom of the seat just to make sure they'd hold while I re-assembled everything. I made sure not to cover up my metal tabs.
I re-assembled the seat, making sure the corners were tightly tucked, and used the hammer to fold the metal tabs back into place.
Finito! An upcycled vintage step stool that I'm happy to display in my kitchen. The cheerful apple oil cloth really gives it a whole new look! Have fun upcycling your own vintage furniture finds!
xo ~ Emily