Grey Greek Key Footstool

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Grey Greek key footstool | 11 Magnolia Lane
I’m going to have a hard time topping Amy’s beautiful home office update from a few days ago–wasn’t it great?  You can see it {here} if you missed it earlier.

My projects have slowed down a bit since we’re moving in less than 3 months, but I am working on one last update in our master bathroom.  I’ll show you that next week, but today, here’s a sneak peek of the little stool that I recovered for that space.

Grey Greek key footstool | 11 Magnolia Lane
I originally found the stool in a Virginia Beach thrift store for about $15.  It’s OLD–the stuffing is horsehair–but it has great classic lines and is just the right size.  I painted the legs white and have recovered it at least five different times.

Here’s how it looked in the formal living room in our North Carolina house when it was wearing striped silk and pompom fringe:

It’s so easy to recover because it only takes about 1/2 yard of fabric and 30 minutes of work.  I stripped off the old fabric (it was black and white striped most recently), and used a grey Greek key cotton duck fabric that I found at Hobby Lobby.  Folding the edges under, I stapled around all four sides:

Grey Greek key footstool | 11 Magnolia Lane
You can see the old glue from the fringe; I just use a flat tip screwdriver to scrape that off…if it doesn’t come up easily, a few seconds of warm air from the hair dryer loosens it up.

Then, I glued a grey elastic trim (some people call it gimp) that I found at Jo-Ann around all four sides to hide the staples.

Grey Greek key footstool | 11 Magnolia Lane

I will confess that I save my trim in between projects and reuse it; it usually can survive several applications when I use a glue gun rather than sewing it on.

Grey Greek key footstool | 11 Magnolia Lane

That’s all there was to it!  This size is perfect to use as a side table or a footstool next to a chair, as a seat at a bathroom vanity or next to the tub (I usually keep towels and soaps on it), or even pulled into the living room as extra seating during a party.

Grey Greek key footstool | 11 Magnolia Lane

Be sure to check in next week to see the bathroom update, and thanks for stopping by!

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  1. That looks adorable! Isn’t it great when quick fixes make a big impact?!

  2. LOVE this! That fabric is perfect! 🙂

  3. Looks awesome! I really like the fabric and the trim. Have you added any extra padding? I have a bench (sits at the end of my bed) that needs to be covered and painted. You’ve inspired me!


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