Heirloom stool recovery.

Stool16 The best part about this move is all of the space we have now! It is amazing going from a home that barely fit us, to one that can hold the future family we want. Jax is loving running around the living room and even riding a little bike in the kitchen. But, the great thing about the space? For me (aside from actually having a closet!) it is being able to grab all those objects that my parents are “holding” for me and bring them here. One in particular was this little step stool that my grandfather made for me when I was Jax’s age. It definitely needed some help, and still needs stained. But, I have at least finished this little stool cover for it and done most of the sanding!

Note to self: when hand sanding anything make sure not to pay attention to what your husband is working on, or else you might find out that in the time that you almost finished sanding, he has built professional looking steps for your back patio.

Not good for the heart.

Even though I was cursing every nook and cranny (and my husband) the whole time, I am so happy to have done it. I love being able to have this back in the house for Jaxon to use and play with. Stool2Stool1The only comfort I had in sanding was looking at the before and after. It is definitely worth the work that is put into it. Stool4However sanding brought out a lot of the cracks in the wood.Stool17Can I just say that wood putty is magic. It was by far the most fun thing to use. And gives Instant gratification like nothing I have seen before. haha. Stool18I haven’t stained yet, mostly because I bought the wrong kind of stain and got laughed at by my husband and brother, so I am taking a break. Instead I skipped straight to my stool cover. Easy peasy.

To find out how much fabric you need measure along the top of the stool and around to the bottom where the legs are. Add an inch to each side (two inches to your total) for a place where the elastic will insert into it and buy a square of fabric that size. In my case it measure to be 15 inches, so I cut a circle that was 17 inches. Stool6Fold fabric into half and then half again. From the corner, measure half of the length of your stool cover along both sides and down the middle. Create enough marks to make a semi circle, or what looks like a huge piece of pizza. Stool7Cut along those marks and then unfold it, and lay it flat.

Mark one inch from the outside of the fabric along the entire circle.Stool8Fold the outside edge into the markings and sew almost all the way around, leaving about a 1 inch opening.Stool9Attach a thin piece of elastic to a safety-pin and fish it through the opening until reaching the other side.Stool10 Once the elastic makes it through the other side tighten both ends and cut them to size when you have found the tightness that fits your stool. Sew the two ends together, maybe making them look nicer then my hatch job. But hey, it was late…Stool11Stretch the cover allowing for the elastic to go back into the fabric and then close up the one inch opening. Stool12 Wa-la!Stool14