How to Reupholster an Ottoman (with Faux Fur!)

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How to reupolster a footstool or ottoman

Ready for a quirky little DIY idea today? We’re going to learn how to reupholster a footstool or ottoman in faux fur! Even if you’re not into the fuzzy look, you can use this technique with any fabric for the same effect. Footstools aren’t hard to find, I grabbed this one at the thrift store years ago and it’s been begging for a makeover ever since. Not knowing quite what to do with it, inspiration struck when I found a faux fur rug on clearance at Homegoods and BOOM, done. You can find similar fabric at fabric stores as well, in many colors and shades too. Just promise you’ll stick with faux or PETA will come screaming at me. 😉

Let’s take a peek at the before photos. You’d think I’d have enough class to at least match the font and color in the word ‘before’, but hey, that’s what happens when you blog after midnight.

The ottoman, before it was reupholstered

 

Another look at the ottoman before

It’s a great little stool, with many ways to use it. The fabric was just outdated and worn and needed some spiffy-ing up. The first obvious step is to take apart the frame and legs, which I did with the cordless screwdriver while also trying to take a photo which is why it looks like that. I highly NOT recommend photographing while unscrewing, FYI.

How to makeover an ottoman

The ottoman, ready for changing the upholstery

We also tightened up the leg screws to make sure it was stable.

Tighten the leg screws also

Next, we gave it a good cleaning and used our favorite chalk paint recipe ever so no other prep work was needed. Abby actually did most of the painting, I simply made sure it was in the nooks and crannies. We gave it two coats and let it dry.

Painting the ottoman base

A detail of the repainted ottoman base

As for the top, I cut the faux fur rug to fit over the top with a 1.5 inch overlap around the edges. It helped to find a line in the fur before cutting to reduce shedding. Then, I folded it around the sides and stapled with my staple gun.

Cut the faux fur to the right size

Heavy duty stapler for affixing the fabric

Here’s where I held my breath and hoped it worked– I placed the frame/legs onto the back of the fur covered piece and screwed it back in using a cordless screwdriver. I even used the same holes, it lined up perfectly!  I was worried the fabric would be too thick but that’s when a heavy duty driver comes in handy. No photos of that process, as evidenced by step #1 it’s dangerous to (screw)drive and photograph.

Which reminds me. Yesterday I was sipping a bottle of water while driving (okay, it was a lemon Pellegrino soda in a can) when Abby told me it was NOT okay to drink and drive. Since when did 6 years old learn this stuff?!

Back to our lovable, furry old stool. It was done! Ready to rock and roll and bring delight to a certain little lady.

Adorable reupholstered ottoman in the bedroom

Who uses it to reach more books.

She loves her new step stool

And her mama, who likes to steal it and style it. But mostly for my little lady. 😉

It can be used in grown up spaces as well

It may be over the top, but this stylish stool looks great all around our home. And the feel of fur on your toes is like WOAH.  I might have to make a few more. Or use the rest of the rug to make some slippers. That fur is no joke! Like eye-candy, but for feet!

What crazy project is coming next? Oh, just wait. You’ll never look at the Dollar Store the same way again (can you say Pottery Barn knockoff?!)

Tell me the truth: is there room in your life for a faux fur stool? Or is this one too over the top?

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2 Comments

  1. i love your little furry footstool. i might just have to keep an eye out for one for myself .

  2. i have a foot stool covered with padding and piece of an old quilt. which is badly fraying. but is attached with heavy brass tacks ccn i still do it like with staplesl.

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