Happy July! I've been sporting a two week vacation and loving life. I've tackled some projects along the way and this is one of my favorites. I needed a stool in my sewing/craft room and really, really wanted one of those trendy metal ones, but couldn't muster up the will to spend the $. Check out how I transformed a $15 dollar bar stool from Target into my cute little tooshie seat.
I spied this barstool online at Target and found out they had it locally for $15 bucks. I wasn't all that fond of it because it was rather boring and it was a little tall for the table in the room. I decided to hack off about an inch. I was a little nervous because the bottom feet were slightly beveled.
I marked off an inch with some painter's tape and used a hand saw. I probably could have used a jig saw, but to be honest, I was scared these little legs would get all chewed up with it.
A light sanding and a coat of grey primer got this little beauty ready.
I gave the legs a coat of Sun Yellow. I did really light coats, but do you know the darn thing was still a little tacky 4 days later? I think because it's been so darn hot. Good enough.
I purchased some new fabric from Fabric.com. It's a Premier Print called Rio in Sunshine/Natural Color. (You can spy my new ironing table, which I'll tell you able later.) I cut out a circle by tracing the seat and added half an inch all the way around. I also cut a band about two and half inches wide to fit around the seat. I ironed and pined the pieces together. I used about a quarter inch seam allowance and tested it for fit.
I then cut about a four inch wide band that I folded in half and ironed. I pleated this about every three inches, pined it to the bottom of the cover and sewed together.
I needed to add a little batting to cushion the cover and also keep the cover tight. I cut out two layers of batting about two inches wider than the stool. I went back and added two more layers. To secure, I pulled tight and put in four staples rather than using spray adhesive.
Here's the finished product. For a split second I thought maybe I should have also used piping, but I think it may have added a little bulk to the seams and poofed it out a little much. I'm a sucker for piping so we'll see. Maybe I'll change my mind. For now, I love the little seat with it's fun fabric and paint!