Farmhouse Style Footstool Makeover

Give a thrift sale footstool new life with some new fabric and a little bit of paint. Keep reading to find out how easy it is to turn a thrift sale footstool into a farmhouse footstool!

Farmhouse footstool

I found this cute little footstool at a church yard sale years ago and I just loved it. Something made me think I didn’t need it, though. Three times I picked the stool up and looked it over.

Three times I put the stool back.

But when I started to walk away I just couldn’t stop thinking about it. I had to go back and get it and I knew then that it was coming home with me. After all, it was only $3. It just needed a little love.

So I decided to turn this thrift sale footstool into a farmhouse footstool.

Turning a Thrifted Footstool into a Farmhouse Footstool

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The top cushion

Personally, I hated the fabric on the footstool. It was dirty and felt so weird. Plus I didn’t really like the pattern or the color. I decided to remove it and throw it away immediately.

thrift sale footstool

Removing the fabric was easy because it was just stapled underneath. I removed all the staples and then removed the fabric.

Guess what I found. Another layer of fabric! Looks like this footstool had already had a makeover at some point. So, removed that fabric, too. Fortunately, that was the last layer.

Footstool Makeover

The fabric that I had to cover the top of the footstool came from my mom. I loved this fabric because it reminded me of a pillow my granddaddy had when I was little. It was filled with duck feathers and I thought it was the neatest thing ever. I loved the way it settled under my head as I laid on it. I loved that sometimes a little feather would make its way out of the fabric. I loved how it always stayed cold. Needless to say, I knew this fabric would be perfect for my farmhouse footstool makeover.

(You can find similar fabric here.)

To recover the cushion with the new fabric, I just stretched the fabric over the cushion and stapled it underneath. You have to make sure you keep stretching as you staple or it will get all wrinkled up.

I wish I would have remembered to take a picture of the corners, but unfortunately, I forgot. (I was too excited to get this farmhouse footstool done!) Basically, I just folded the ends of the fabric over each other and stapled them underneath.

The bottom

The legs of the footstool needed cleaning, so I wiped them down with my homemade all-purpose cleaner first.

Then, I painted the bottom of the footstool white with spray paint, so it would match the furniture in my bedroom. After the paint dried, I put the top back on. It was super easy to put it all back together because it just required a few screws.

complete footstool makeover
farmhouse footstool makeover

I’m so happy with how my farmhouse footstool turned out! It looks so cute under my desk in my bedroom!

The desk was also a thrift sale makeover. We found this gem at Goodwill for only $10!

Do you like to makeover things you find at thrift stores and yard sales? What’s your latest DIY? I’d love to know!

Looking for more upcycled DIY’s? I recommend these:
Farmhouse Candle Holders
Reclaimed Wood American Flag
Upcycled Mailbox Planter
Farmhouse Mason Jar Vase
Shabby Chic Lamp

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footstool makeover

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52 thoughts on “Farmhouse Style Footstool Makeover”

  1. The footstool looks great. I just made a run through the local thrift store this morning, but this time there were no treasures to be found. I’m always on the lookout for something to makeover.

  2. You did a great job on the footstool! I have loved refinishing old furniture for years and used to go to yard sales looking for the perfect project. I would love to find an old trunk to fix up but haven’t been able to find one yet. I really enjoy your project ideas, gets me thinking of things I can do. Thanks for sharing this, keep it up!

    1. Thank you! I haven’t had any luck with finding an old trunk, either. I have been looking forever! I’m happy to keep your mind busy! 🙂

    1. Thank you! I sanded the legs lightly before painting. It ended up taking 2 coats. I let it dry a few hours between coats. Luckily it was nice out so I could let it dry quicker outside.

  3. This is a very cute idea! I loved the way it looks now, so much modern.. it pretty looked like a church thing before 😛
    Love the white colour, it really matches with the desk and make a seamless style..
    I really would like to start doing something like that, but I’ve got two problems! No time and no room in my house :O

  4. That was fun and with a touch of grandpa! I am from the south, not there at the moment, so I understand the cold pillow reference. Ha… Also, I thought I had been following you all along, but I see that I haven’t. My bad!

    1. I’m so glad you get it! Most people have no idea what I’m talking about when I mention the cold pillow. 😀 No worries!

    1. It was! I thought it was going to be harder, but the part that took the longest was waiting on the paint to dry. 🙂 Thank you!

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