fabric topped kitchen stools

***this post originally appeared at The Ribbon Retreat blog***

Today I’m sharing an incredibly simple way to spruce up an old stool and add color and pattern to your home. Thisprocess will work for flat top kitchen stools or bar stools and could probably be adapted for chairs as well. I made over a couple of desk height stools from IKEA that we use as extra seating near the computer (so all the kids can crowd around and watch each other play games). They also work well next to the couch as a little side table for snacks, drinks, or books. All you need is a bit of fabric, mod podge, and spray paint (if desired to color block legs).

Keep reading for super easy instructions.

Sure, you could just paint the stop of a stool, but covering it with fabric is way easier. Plus it opens up so many options for colors and patterns. You just need enough fabric to cover the top, so for most stools a fat quarter would be plenty. I used the large chevron in aqua from Riley Blake. Here’s the before and after:

And here’s the process:

1 – Sand down the stool. You can take it apart if that makes it simper, but you don’t really need to. 2 – Spray paint the top of the stool and the tips of the legs (I just used masking tape to tape them off and covered the rest of each leg with newspaper. 3 – Trace the seat on your piece of fabric, centering the pattern. Cut just inside the line you traced. 4 – Mod Podge the fabric onto the top of the stool. When it’s dry, cover the entire stool top with modpodge. 5 – Spray legs with clear poly or cover painted area with Mod Podge to prevent chipping.

A few mod podge tips: I found it easiest to place my fabric on top of the stool and make sure it was lined up nicely, then fold back one side of the fabric as shown here:

Then I used a foam paintbrush to paint a thin, even layer of modpodge on the half of the stool that’s visible. Carefully lay the fabric down on it and smooth gently to adhere, making sure you don’t tug or stretch the fabric. Then you can lift up the side that isn’t adhered down and paint that with modpodge, then lay that side back down and smooth gently. If you get frayed threads around the edge of the fabric circle just smooth them down with a little more modpodge.

Once it’s dry, just cover the entire stool top with more modpodge and you’re done! It’s so easy and makes such a big difference.

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    [email protected] says

    Oooh, I love these!!! The chevron fabric is awesome and my favorite part is the paint-dipped legs! It really brings everything together. Thanks for sharing the process. Stopping by from Hoyby Crafts. Feel free to stop by if you get the chance!

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    Beth says

    I love this! I want one for my living room, stopping by from I heart naptime’s party!
    <A HREF=”http://thefirstyearblog.com”>Beth @ The First Year Blog</A>

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