Thursday, February 7, 2013

Updated Old Footstool

Trust me, this footstool didn't look anything like this when I purchased it at a yard sale several years ago.  I bought it along with a few others and decided to keep this one for myself because I loved the needlepoint.

It's been sitting under my desk and keeping my feet comfortable for a long time.  Can you tell?

I love chippy wood, but this dark finish just wasn't working for me, so a little update was in order.

I pulled out all the tacks, added some fresh batting, and covered it with a vintage grain sack remnant I bought  from a dealer in Alameda several months ago.

A fresh coat of paint, a little roughing up, and a new cover was all it needed.

Much better now.

Waste not.  
The center portion of the needlepoint was still in good condition and I needed another pincushion.

My new pile of vintage grain sack remnants.
I was out at Alameda Point Antiques Faire again on Sunday and had to make a stop to replenish my grain sack remnant stash.  You're out of luck if you don't get to this dealer's booth first thing in the morning because they get pretty well picked over.  I found twelve pieces ranging in size from 12" - 18" wide and just as long; the largest piece was 3' x 4'.  The best part....each piece was only $1.00!!



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40 comments:

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I do like the redo and you got a great deal on the fabric.
I have one that I have been "threatening" to recover for a few years now - One of these days. :/
Enjoy your evening.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Betsy those grain sack pieces are wonderful. I love the refurbished footstool! And I love that you took the needlepoint and made it into a pin cushion! Re-purposing at it's best!
hugs,
Linda

Full Circle Creations said...

Great remake! I like how it turned out.

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

I'm so jealous! What a steal. And I'm a big proponent of re-doing footstools. Funny, I was just trying to decide whether or not to throw one out the other day and can you guess what I did? Kept it, of course! Love yours!

Kathy said...

Another great Betsy-izing! I like the little salvaged incushion too. Can't believe the price on those remnants. So many possibilities for so little money - high five!

~ Liz ~ said...

You are so smart remaking that adorable stool to fit in with "today". I guess if you are going to score such great finds like the stool and the grain sacks, you should get to enjoy them. The redo is top notch right down to the embellishment. Smart thinking to salvage the needlepoint. But then, that's your "salvaged treasures" signature style we all know and love!
Liz

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

Great makeover! Love the pincushion, I have gtainsack envy although I know now how to make them :) but will I LOL

Xo

Mad Maine said...

Wow! Love that you saved the useable part of the embroidery. Such a nice post!

Createology said...

Your transformed footstool is bliss. Love that you preserved the needlepoint as a pin cushion. Creative Hearts are Happy Hearts...

Maureen said...

Okay, when I saw your redo of the footstool I thought that was great... but what really knocked me over was then re-purposing the old needlework into a pin cushion! Brilliant!!!

Roxanne Reinhart said...

You rock the redo Betsy!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh that is sooo perfect! $1 for grain sacks..wow! And we never throw anything out...A perfect pin cushion!

CArol

belmonili said...

What a wonderfully sweet redo! You brought new life to this poor little worn stool...I really love how you made the pincushion. Thanks for sharing!

Into Vintage said...

Many of my favorite words were used in this post -- needlepoint, pincushion, Alameda and $1 grain sacks(!!). Hope you had warm weather and blue skies while loading up on those! :-)

Iprefervintage said...

That turned out really cute. Where do you find the time to complete so many things?

I had just picked up a footstool over the weekend and was trying to decide what to do with it. You just made up my mind for me. Thanks.

UPON A HILL said...

You did a fantastic job on the stool! I would have done the same thing; re purposing the needlepoint fabric. Great job! Loving all your grainsack finds & for that price!!!!!!! You find those most awesome stuff at great prices!

Barbara Lilian said...

What a great price for your grainsacks.The make over looks wonderful. As soon as I read you'd bought the stool because you liked the needlepoint,I was wondering what you would do with it I thought you were going to say 'Youll have to wait for my next post to see what I did with the needlepoint' The little pin cushion is delightful.

Thespoena McLaughlin said...

Love the redo on your stool. Looks great! I also love the fact that you reused the needlepoint to make a pin cushion. :) Thanks for sharing. Hugs!

Pudel-design said...

Oh thank you for your lovely comment.
The easiest things are sometimes the prettiest!:)
Love your choice of fabric for the redo.
So pretty;)
Lydia

Peggy said...

I love the change, so pretty!

Vintage Gal said...

Wow the grain sack pieces are fabulous. Your stool turned out just perfect. I love it and so smart ~ that pin cushion is sweet ~

Trisha said...

I love the way you transformed the footstool. Just beautiful.

Maggie said...

Nice deal on the grain sacks, and such a cool assortment of colors. THe footstool is so fresh and nice now, as is the pincushion! Love the herringbone weave in the grain sack.

Have an awesome weekend!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

I just love the fact that you saved the center and made a pin cushion!

Erin Kaven said...

Have a very similar footstool The needlepoint was done by a late aunt. Thanks for the fab idea of what to do with the needlepoint top! Hadn't redone because I didn't want to trash it. Very jealous on the grain sacks. Haven't found anywhere here in N FL to buy grain sacks. Any suggestions on other sources?

Kadee Willow said...

Ok,Betsy, I need to get myself out there to Alameda! That is the best flea market I have been to.. lots to look at and the prices are pretty good! The footstool is lovely and how clever to save the one section of needlepoint to make a pin cushion. Fabulous!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

it's lovely and adore the little pincushion; well done!

Susan @ homeroad.net said...

Adorable! And a great save for the pincushion too!
Susan

Hosanna said...

So cute!!

Michelle L. said...

A beautiful look - now I so want to make over some old footstools. Inspiring, thanks, Betsy!

Laurie said...

I have short legs, so I *always* have a little stool under my desks! I love yours, and esp. that you salvaged the needlepoint. Of course you did!

Linda Bouffard said...

Would love to have you share this at What to Do Weekends Party. Linda

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Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Now I will take some of those $1 grain sack piees:) Cute cute footstool Betsy. Come by on Monday...you will be featured at NTT!!!

Blessings,
Linda

Art and Sand said...

When I retire (115 days, but who's counting) I will have to get a list from you of all the California flea markets. I would love some old grain sacks.

Your little stool is wonderful!

Laurel@chippingwithcharm said...

LOVE the "redo"...and that adorable little pincushion!! Great save :)

The Other Me Is Sane said...

I was thrilled when I saw you salvaged the old needlepoint and made something useful out of it! The footstool is to die for too.

Karen Bates said...


What a save...adorable! And the deal you got on those linens...fantastic. Wish I could join you on your thrifting trips and then into the craft room...to see you in creative mode.

Anne said...

What a beautiful stool!You are so lucky to have found that fabric!
xx
Anne

Connie Mercer said...

I don't know if I could have cut that ~ my style is primative:):):) Looks awesome~ these last 3 post could all be sent to CG!! go for it!!!

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Wonderful! I missed going that day due to our open house at Magpie. But next month I will be there. Did you find these from Danielle and Eric? I am making up some pillows this week to sell. LOVE the grain sacks.

hugs,
b