In between a parade and a picnic and some fun with friends and family over the weekend, I did a quick makeover on World's Ugliest Stool.
This is what the sad little stool looked like when I bought it at a thrift store a couple weeks ago.
Yes, I actually paid money for it -- although, in my defense, it was only $2.
I liked the stool itself. The crazy, stained velourlike upholstery, not so much.
I raided the husband's toolbox for a screwdriver and a pliers and stripped off the ugliness in about 5 minutes.
I considered leaving the stool unupholstered. But as I was planning to actually sit on it on a somewhat regular basis, I thought a little padding would be nice.
I would have reused the original foam if I could have, but this is what it looked like: lots of random little pieces. The poor stool. Not only was it ugly on the outside, it was ugly on the inside, too.
Fortunately, this stool is going to replace a different one in my kitchen that is falling apart and is destined to be thrown out. So I unupholstered the old one and cannibalized the foam from it.
Then I found a scrap of drop cloth left over from some pillows I made. (I blogged about them here if you're interested.)
I'm not sure if I needed the textile medium (as I don't plan to put the fabric in the washing machine), but I already had it, so I figured I might as well use it. (Better safe than sorry.)
After mixing the paint, I taped off the center stripe and painted it.
... I pulled up the tape.