Fabric Topped Stools

Hi everyone! It’s Autumn from It’s Always Autumn with another super easy fabric+mod podge home decor project: fabric topped stools.

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This is an incredibly simple way to spruce up an old stool and add color and pattern to your home. The process will work for flat top kitchen stools or bar stools and could probably be adapted for chairs as well. I made over a couple of desk height stools from IKEA that we use as extra seating near the computer (so all the kids can crowd around and watch each other play games).

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Sure, you could just paint the top of a stool, but covering it with fabric is way easier. Plus it opens up so many options for colors and patterns. You just need enough fabric to cover the top, so for more stools a fat quarter would be plenty. I used the large chevron in aqua from Riley Blake. Here’s the before and after:

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And here’s the process:

 Fabric Topped Stools - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

1 – Sand down the stool. You can take it apart if that makes it simpler, but you don’t really need to. 2 – Spray paint the top of the stool and the tips of the legs (I just used masking tape to tape them off and covered the rest of each leg with newspaper. 3 – Trace the seat on your piece of fabric, centering the pattern. Cut just inside the line you traced. 4 – Mod Podge the fabric onto the top of the stool. When it’s dry, cover the entire stool top with mod podge. 5 – Spray legs with clear poly or cover painted area with mod podge to prevent chipping.

A few mod podge tips: I found it easiest to place my fabric on top of the stool and make sure it was lined up nicely, then fold back one side of the fabric as shown here:

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Then I used a foam paintbrush to paint a thin, even layer of mod podge on the half of the stool that’s visible. Carefully lay the fabric down on it and smooth gently to adhere, making sure you don’t tug or stretch the fabric. Then you can lift up the side that isn’t adhered down and paint that with mod podge, then lay that side back down and smooth gently. If you get frayed threads around the edge of the fabric circle just smooth them down with a little more mod podge.

Once it’s dry, just cover the entire stool top with more mod podge and you’re done! It’s so easy and makes such a big difference.

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Thanks to The Ribbon Retreat for letting me visit today! I hope you’ll click on over to It’s Always Autumn for tips and tutorials on photography, sewing, crafts, and recipes. Thanks!


Thank you Autumn! I love quick and easy home decor projects that add a huge statement! Thank you for sharing your amazing DIY and crafty talent with us. Visit Autumn for more amazing projects and if you missed her last project that was also AMAZING, check it out here:

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Happy Home Decor-ing & Happy Creating!
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  1. Posted July 7, 2013 at 12:09 am | Permalink

    This is very clever and doable. Pinning it!

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