My friend, Karen is almost done emptying out her storage unit. She has given me so many great items to redo along with some supplies. In turn, I have been painting furniture for her booth. She brought me this vanity stool that looks like it is from the 50’s. How to modernize a dated vanity stool is in store for this piece that is for sure.
Actually, it is a pretty easy update so don’t be scared off. I also did the same basic thing when I updated another vanity stool a while back. The first thing to do is to remove the seat. I always like to take it down to the bare bones. This seat had vinyl upholstery. I think underneath it is cotton batting. All I know is it is old and nasty. I threw it all out except for the wood base and the piece of material that was used under the stool.
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I put it aside for the time being to spray paint the metal stool. I didn’t even know what color the paint was going to be because it was hard to tell by the cap. Of course, you know I hosed the stool down with cleaner first.
I started painting when the stool dried. And was pleasantly surprised to see the paint is silver. The cap looked like it was a watered down gold. I sprayed it every which way to make sure it got good coverage.
As I let the stool dry between coats I got to work on the vanity stool seat. I have to tell you, I didn’t even keep the vinyl to use as a pattern it seemed so nasty to me. But I did keep the material that was used under the stool. It hides the raw edge of the upholstery material.
I used a Sharpie and the wood piece as a pattern to trace a circle on the foam. Using a combination of the utility knife and scissors I cut it out. Place the batting over the foam.
Now to place the faux fur material over it. I cut a section and began to staple. I always alternate where I staple by going from one side to the other. Cut off the excess material. Of course, this seat is round but you get the idea. Don’t forget to mark where the screws go.
After the seat was finished I put it back together. And stood back to admire it. I love how the stool turned out. So does Karen. How to modernize a dated vanity stool was so easy. And what a big impact it has now.