A several weeks ago I came across this pair of round footstools at one of my favorite flea markets and snapped them up. Despite the fabric being hideous the bones of the ottomans were in good shape and I knew they would make for a great DIY transformation. Plus I couldn’t pass up the $11 price tag. #thriftscore
My initial vision is to recover the pair in velvet, maybe a pretty emerald green or deep navy. I want a fabric and look that is going to be long-lasting and classic and either of these colors would give me that. I’m also planning to keep the top button tuft detail which I think gives the stools added character.
After considering velvet for a couple of weeks I went on the search for more inspiration and stumbled upon these images.
This pair of stools is covered in mustard colored leather with a nailhead trim. I like the color but the nail heads are a bit much for me.
These seafoam colored stools are really pretty but I’m not a pastel girl when it comes to decor and I definitely don’t have time to do all that tufting on the top.
I love , love Chartreuse as a color and really adore the way it looks on this footstool. The styling of this ottoman is almost identical to mine except the ones I have don’t have feet which I’m now considering after seeing this piece.
Chartreuse is one of those colors that people tend to steer away from but it is a great accent color that mixes well with neutrals and with black.
Hum…maybe I should consider a Mongolian lambs fur? I love the look but I can just hear my hubby talking about how impractical they would be. My response…sometimes pretty trumps practical.
Just when I was set on a solid color I saw this velvet beauty! I love the idea of two different patterns and am thinking maybe I could find some vintage fabric at the Roundtop Antiques Market. I also found this source for embroidered velvet fabric.
Speaking of patterns, a beautiful Kilim or woven leather rug could be a fun way to upholster my footstools. In looking at rug options, I think this idea might cost more than I want to spend.
If all else fails, I could also cover them in an animal print which is classic, timeless and versatile.
I’m not sure which direction I’m going to go with the fabric but I’ll be sure to keep you posted. In the meantime, I’ve got a couple other DIY stools that are sitting in the garage waiting for their makeover.
If these footstools were yours, which fabric and color would you go with?