DIY wooden stool hack

This time we decided turn an unused end stool into something useful. Earlier the only use it had was to keep, actually dump is a more appropriate word, other useless stuff on it. The stool was really old and worn out. Overall it was not in a very good condition.

We had seen this nice idea of map projects all over the internet. The results were gorgeous map projects: Map table, personalized old chairs with maps and what not. So we decided to give it a try.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Grey enamel paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Mod Podge or PVA Glue
  • Clear Decor varnish
  • Foam brush
  • Map – The map we used was a world map available at a local stationary
  • Craft Knife

The process:

This was another very easy decoupage project and we hoped to finish it in little time. Since the stool has been repainted earlier, we decided to just paint it again without preparing a base with primer. We chose to do 2 coats of Grey enamel paint on the base. It took around 3 hours for both the coats to dry up enough to let us work at the top.

After the stool had dried up, we went on with the decoupage part of the project. We cut the map of the exact rectangular dimensions of the stool top. Apply a thick layer of Mod Podge/ Decoupage glue on the stool top with the help of a foam brush and then neatly lay the cut map on the stool top. We used a steel scale to even out the map on the surface and release any air bubbles. Allow the stool to dry up for a couple of hours. Little did we know that after these two hours, we wouldn’t be happy with the end product that we achieved. Since the top surface was rough and undulated, so was the outcome of the world map on the stool top. We know that this setback is not anything huge, but for the introverted upcyclers like us, it was a big enough disappointment.

We decided not to feel too bad about it and rectify it. Luckily, we had a piece of foam and extra fabric lying around in the house. So to cover up the failed map project, we actually covered it up with the fabric. Giving it a tuffed cushioning wouldn’t have been easy for us, so we decided to go with the simple upholstery that didn’t require a lot of stitching. The extra material that we needed was:

  • 4 inch thick foam
  • Approx 1.5 metre fabric
  • Adhesive (we used Loctite Rapid by Asian Paints)
  • Stapler Gun and pins

We went ahead by removing the map from the stool top to give a rough surface to stick the foam. Cut the foam of the size equal to the top of the stool and stick it on the stool top with the help of an adhesive (we used Loctite Rapid by Asian Paints). Round the edges of the foam using a pair of sharp scissors. Allow the foam to stick properly to the base for about 30 minutes. Now place the fabric over the foam and stretch it. Staple the stretched fabric at the bottom with the help  of a stapler gun. Trim the excess fabric off the bottom of the table. When the fabric is attached to the bottom on all the sides, the upholstery is done! Its isn’t as neat as a professional’s work, but it is not bad for a first time.

Bam! The stool is done. And we liked this result better than the previous makeover attempt. It looks so much better than shabby stool is used to be and we really hope that we could put it to some great use now.


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