Country Chic Repurposed Stool
You can transform your old chairs into a completely new style of furniture with the Country Chic Repurposed Stool. Only minor woodworking skills are required for this project and the rest is fairly easy to do. Whether your kitchen chair needs an update or needs to be repaired, this furniture project would be fun to do over a weekend. This lovely stool would look great anywhere, especially if you want a classic look like the French Country design. After you complete this furniture project, you will want to make a whole set!
Primary TechniqueMixed Media
Sewn byBoth Hand and Machine
- Wooden kitchen chair
- Jig saw
- Old rag
- High-loft quilt batting
- Measuring tape
- Staple gun
- Heavy-duty fabric
- Sewing machine
- Straight pins
- Embroidery needle
- Crochet thread
- Several large books
- Cut off the chair's seat back using a jigsaw. Cut flush with the seat's surface. You now have a stool. Lightly sand the the legs and rungs of the stool. This will give the surface a tooth to better accept the paint. Wipe away the sanding dust using an old rag.
- Paint the legs, rungs and the bottom side of the seat. The top of the seat can be left unpainted. In keeping with my French country vision, I chose a yellow house paint color that I had picked up at a yard sale. Allow the paint to dry and repeat with additional coats until full coverage is achieved.
- Lay a single layer of high-loft quilt batting on your work surface. Turn the stool upside down and center the seat on the batting. Cut the batting around the stool at least 4 inches from the edge of the seat.
- Fold the batting over the edge of the seat. Staple the batting to the bottom of the seat around the edges. Leave 6 inches unstapled. Turn the stool right side up. Insert stuffing at the 6 inch opening between the quilt batting and the seat top. This will form the cushion of the seat. Turn the stool over. Staple the 6-inch opening closed. Trim off the excess batting next to the staples.
- Lay a single layer of fabric on your work surface with the wrong side facing up. I chose a striped upholstery fabric that resembled a grain sack. Any heavy fabric will do. If you are keeping with the French country look, you could also use a drop cloth, ticking fabric, duck cloth or canvas. Center the padded stool upside down on the fabric. Cut the fabric around the stool at least 4-inches from the edge of the seat.
- Fold the edges of the batting over the edge of the seat and staple to the bottom. Trim off the excess fabric edges next to the staples.
- Stand the stool right side up. Measure around the circumference of the seat. Cut a strip of fabric 6 1/2 inches wide by twice the circumference measurement. You may need to piece a couple of strips together to achieve this measurement. This is your stool's ruffle. Fold the ruffle in half with the right sides facing and the short edges matching. Sew across the matching short edges. You now have a ring.
- Fold over one long edge of the ring a 1/4 inch to the wrong side of the fabric. Press the fold. Fold over another 1/4 inch and pin. Sew the pinned edge to complete the hem.
- Sew a running stitch around the unhemmed edge of the ring using an embroidery needle and crochet thread.
- Stack several large books on your work surface until the stack measures at least 7 inches tall. Turn the stool upside down and center it on the book stack.
- Turn the fabric ring wrong side out. Place the ring around the seat. Pull the crochet thread to gather the strip into a ruffle. Pull the thread until the ruffle is snug against the side edges of the seat. Adjust the ruffle until the gathers are evenly spaced around the seat. Staple the ruffle to the side edges of the seat. Turn the stool right side up and fold the ruffle down.