All you need is LOVE...and a DOG.

All you need is LOVE...and a DOG.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Step Stool Makeover

I am so excited to share this project with you. I bought this vintage step stool at a garage sale about a year ago, I took it apart and never did anything with it. It sat on the work bench for month's collecting dust until one day I discovered "fabric decoupage". I figured if you can decoupage paper onto wood... why not fabric onto metal?

It took me several months to find the right fabric for this project. I wanted something whimsical, crafty and fun...because hopefully this step stool will live in the craft room of my dreams one day. :) I was at Joanne's recently for something else and I found this adorable vintage inspired fabric. I fell in love with the inspirational messages and the bird theme. I bought 1 yard to make sure I had plenty of fabric to work with.

I did my usual prep work...wiping down the metal with a damp cloth to remove the dust etc. I also laid down a drop cloth over my table to protect it from the decoupage. I took lots of pictures that you can see below.

I started this project and had no idea what I was doing. I didn't wash the fabric before starting even though the bottle recommends it.I first laid the chair back onto the fabric and traced the shape with a pen. I then cut out the shape and laid down on the chair back covered with a thick coat of decoupage. I smoothed the fabric out with my hands and then made sure it went all the way to the edge of the seat back. I let the decoupage sit for a while before trimming the excess fabric with scissors. I then covered the top of the seat back with a generous coat of decoupage and set a side to let it dry. The decoupage has a milky color, but will dry clear.

In these pics I worked on the step stool seat. This was a challenge because of the unusual nooks and crannies on the corners of the seat. I also noticed that once the fabric was moistened by the decoupage it had a little bit of stretch and moved around more. 

These pics show me working on the two pull out steps of the step stool. I pulled off the original rubber step and set aside. I then covered the steps with decoupage, fabric and then more decoupage. 

These are metal legs of the chair before I cleaned them with soapy water and steel wool. I decided not to repaint because I liked the look of the old red paint.

I used a heavy duty epoxy glue to glue the rubber pads back on to metal steps. This also comes out clear and dries clear so don't worry if a little bit oozes out of the sides.
This is the finished Step Stool and I LOVE it! It took me 2 hours to put this back together. I know it doesn't seem like much, but when you only have 2 hands and your'e trying to hold legs and push things together it can be quite challenging.
Bentley always trying to get attention. He loves to be a craft pup and to help with all my photo shoots.