not your grandma’s foot rest – upcycled home decor project

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A few months ago I found this adorable chair at a resale shop.  It is the perfect little chair to sit and read a book in.  It is velvety, snuggly, and comfy…  I love it.  The only issue is that I needed a foot rest to go with it to reach that ultimate level of maximum comfort.

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I realized that I had one downstairs that I bought for about $5 a few years ago, planning to upcycle it, but never did.  Then I saw the fun fabric I had also been hording and lightning struck!  Why not create something bold and fun, breathing a little color and life into the space?!?!

Supplies

 

How to create this project:

Take your existing foot rest apart

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Add a coat of chalk paint to the base. Allow it to dry.

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Apply a second coat and allow it to dry.

While the paint is drying, begin rebuilding/recovering the top.

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Cut the pillow and stitch up the edge to fit the size of your top.

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Going through the bottom of the pillow, begin sewing on buttons to create the pretty top.

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Once the paint is dry, add a coat of clear wax in order to seal the paint. Allow it to dry.

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While the wax is drying, use your staple gun to attach the new padding to the top portion of the foot rest.

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Use the sanding block to create some distress to the wood.

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Re-attach the base to the top.

Now, all that is left to do is to grab a book, sit back, and enjoy my “new” foot rest!

Ah…  that’s better.

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