A couple of years ago, Paige asked for a sewing machine for Christmas and we thought it would be nice to get her a sewing desk so she would have a designated space to sew. I found an antique sewing desk and stool at an auction and brought it home. This is the stool.
Unfortunately, the desk didn’t work with the sewing machine and it ended up being much easier to sew at the dining room table. I thought that this stool would work well at the vanity in my bathroom, but it was in need of some TLC. The seat was this fake black leather that was cracking and the finish on the legs was chipping. It needed a complete overhaul.
Grant absolutely loves doing projects of any kind, so he jumped right in and helped me sand the wood on the stool.
We used a fine grit sanding block, which I use on most of my painting projects. It just strips the top layer of varnish off of the wood, but won’t leave any grooves in the wood.
I took a trip to Jo-Ann Fabrics to pick out some upholstery fabric. This is what I decided on.
I liked how it added some color, but also incorporated the grays in the granite and bathroom rugs. Now, I’ve never reupholstered anything, but I do have a staple gun…that’s should make me qualified, right?!? No YouTube tutorials involved in this one. This is all me you guys! Here’s what I did.
I removed the seat and set in on top of my fabric and then measured 4 inches out on the sides. That ended up being a bit too much, but it’s better to have to much than to be too short when working on a project like this. You can always trim your edges, which is what I did, by about 2 inches.
I slowly started to staple the edges to the seat. The corners made me a little nervous, but they were actually pretty easy to staple around. I just took my time and made small gathers, then stapled.
I went to Lowe’s and brought one of my vanity cabinet drawers with me so they could match my paint.
I chose Olympic Low VOC paint.
This paint does not smell at all. I did this project at my dining room table and there was no odor!
Here’s a look at my bathroom vanity with my “new” stool!
Paint matches nicely!
Before and After
Any newbie DIYer’s out there? Let me know about some projects that you’re working on!