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How to Reupholster a Beautiful Vintage Stool

Follow these easy steps to reupholster a vintage stool with beautiful new fabric! This guide provides detailed instructions and tips for completing this DIY project.

Follow this step by step guide on how to reupholster a beautiful vintage stool in no time! This DIY project is easy and fun, and the results are stunning.

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Are you a fan of upcycling and interior design?

If so, here’s an exciting project that will give any room or hallway in your home extra flair.

Reupholstering furniture is the perfect way to repurpose old pieces and turn them into showpieces, and there’s no better piece for a beginner than a vintage stool!

With some patience, minimal tools, and far less money than you’d expect to pay for professional re-upholstery services – it’s easy to transform that dull but charming stool into something truly special.

Let’s dive in and see how easy it is to bring new life back into your vintage stool!

Today, I am sharing How to Reupholster a Beautiful Vintage Stool.

Come on, I’ll show you.

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How to Reupholster a Beautiful Vintage Stool

Have you ever encountered an amazing piece of vintage furniture, but it needs work?

We all know how difficult it can be to pass up a great vintage find, especially when it comes in the form of a vintage stool.

Those who want to take their luck one step further and reupholster these unique pieces, don’t worry—with just a few basic supplies and some DIY savvy, this project is surprisingly easy!

In this blog post, we will walk through everything there is to know about revitalizing your stunning stool: from selecting fabric to batting the cushions to finishing off the edges.

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What do I Need to Reupholster a Beautiful Vintage Stool?

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How to Reupholster a Beautiful Vintage Stool

I found this amazing stool a few years ago while antiquing.

I love the details-they are just so pretty.

And, it was in great shape-it just needed a good cleaning and a new cushion.

Warning! I don’t go for perfection when I do these projects, because–well, I’m just not perfect.

Not even close.

But, I do try to do a good job.

You will need: a vintage stool, foam pad, fabric, needle nose pliers, reupholstery hammer, fabric scissors, a serrated knife, a marking pen, batting and upholstery nails.

This is an easy project that you can easily finish in about an hour.

It is a great beginner project.

How Do I Reupholster a Vintage Stool?

The first thing that I did was to remove the seat from the stool base.

This will make is so much easier to reupholster the seat.

Next, I used needle nose pliers to remove the old upholstery nails.

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How to Reupholster a Beautiful Vintage Stool

Then I laid the seat upside down onto the foam.

I traced around it with a black marking pen.

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How to Reupholster a Beautiful Vintage Stool

The easiest way that I have found to cut foam is with a serrated knife.

You can also use and electric knife.

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How to Reupholster a Beautiful Vintage Stool

Next, I laid the seat onto the back side of the fabric.

Using a fabric measuring tape, I measured the width and length of the fabric plus the two inches of foam(be sure to measure the 2″ of foam on both sides,) plus adding enough fabric to attach to the back of the seat.

Example: if your seat is 12″ x 12″ wide, you would need to add a total of 4″ for the foam and about 2-4″ to attach to the back of the seat. So you would need 18-20″ x 18-20″ of fabric and batting.

So, I decided not to use the batting between the cushion and the fabric, and just tack the fabric to the edge of the wooden seat.

The batting makes the fabric lay much nicer on the cushion.

My seat is a bit different, as it has a decorative edge that I didn’t want to cover up with the fabric.

I ended up turning the fabric under before tacking it down.

I don’t really love the finish of the cushion without the batting, but I do like being able to see the decorative edge detail.

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How to Reupholster a Beautiful Vintage Stool

And that’s it!

It is so easy.

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How to Reupholster a Beautiful Vintage Stool

Give your old pieces of furniture a new life by reupholstering them!

It’s easy and quick.

You will be surprised at how satisfying it is to see something you created yourself on display in your home – and guests will be equally impressed when they compliment you on your beautiful up-cycled furnishing.

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How to Reupholster a Beautiful Vintage Stool

Reupholstering furniture is a great way to repurpose old pieces and turn them into showpieces.

It’s easy to transform that dull but charming stool into something truly special with some patience, minimal tools, and far less money than you’d expect to pay for professional re-upholstery services.

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