DIY's & Crafts Upcycles

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

*Post contains affiliate links. To read more about what that means for you, click here.

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

pin it for later
footstool makeover

Thank you for sharing!
  • 3


Michelle is a stay-at-home homeschool mom who loves DIYs and living a frugal lifestyle.

You may also like...


    1. Michelle says:

      Thank you!

  1. Wow, it turned out so amazing. Great job💖👍

    1. Michelle says:

      Thank you so much!

      1. You’re always welcome 💖

  2. Nice! My mom did that once!

    1. Michelle says:

      Thank you! I love updating old furniture!

  3. Timelesslady says:

    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.

    1. Michelle says:

      Thank you! I love going to thrift stores! I always get a tad upset when I can’t find anything good. haha

  4. Really cute. Great find and love your perfect stool

    1. Michelle says:

      Thank you so much! 🙂

  5. 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. Michelle says:

      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. And my mind needs all the help it can get!

  6. Great job Michelle! Love the new look!

    1. Michelle says:

      Thank you so much!

      1. You are welcome 🤗💜🙏

  7. Wow the footstool looks great! You are very creative and have some wonderful ideas. Like they say, “One woman’s trash is another woman’ treasure!”

    1. Michelle says:

      I have to agree!! 😀 Thank you for your kind words!

  8. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

    Great job Michelle!

    1. Michelle says:

      Thank you so much! 😁

      1. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

        You have a talent for crafting!

        1. Michelle says:

          Thank you! I’ve always loved any type of craft. 🙂

          1. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

            I can tell you have a love for it!

  9. That turned out so well, Michelle! Did it take long for the spray paint to dry? How many coats did it take to get that level of coverage?

    1. Michelle says:

      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.

  10. Great job! I love how all your crafts are so approachable and user-friendly!

    1. Michelle says:

      Thank you so much! 😀

  11. That’s fantastic! You are so talented Michelle.

    1. Michelle says:

      Thank you so much!

  12. Real lovely! I’ve been thinking of changing the upholstery of my dining table chairs. But I don’t think I can do it like you can.

    1. Michelle says:

      It’ll be a fun project to try. 🙂

  13. 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

    1. Michelle says:

      Thank you! I know what you mean about no time! I’m pretty sure days are way shorter than they used to be. 😀

  14. Looks great! and your new blog is looking fabulous too 🙂

    1. Michelle says:

      Thank you so much!! ❤️

  15. oh I love makeovers, great job!

    1. Michelle says:

      Thank you so much!

  16. Love your blog, very interesting!

    1. Michelle says:

      Thank you! And thank you for visiting. 😀

  17. interesting

    1. Michelle says:

      Thank you!

  18. 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. Michelle says:

      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!

  19. I bet that was so much fun! I did this to some chairs many years ago and I couldn’t believe how easy it was and that all I needed was a staple gun! You did a great job!

    1. Michelle says:

      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!

  20. What a neat idea Michelle. you are such an inspiration. I have a little stool like this and you just gave me an inspiration. Thank you so much.

    1. Michelle says:

      Thank you!! I hope you have fun making over your stool. 🙂

  21. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

    Did you just friend request me on the Bible app?

    1. Michelle says:

      I did 🙂

      1. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

        Thought that was you! I accepted!

I love to hear from you!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.