Wednesday, February 15, 2012

French Footstool

I'm currently in the middle of about a half dozen small projects to fill up my space at "The Roost", most of which I am only about half way through. Why oh why do I begin a new project before I finish the one before it? I blame it on my age...if I don't jump on something the minute the thought comes into my head POOF it disappears. I suppose it would be simpler to just write the ideas down, but that would be logical and often for us creative types logic just doesn't fit into the equation.

Recently I stumbled across this sturdy, but 1980's ugly ottoman at the Goodwill for $7.99. It was a lovely forest green and pink velvet...way beyond its prime I would say. I have seen so many cute stools on blogs and Pinterest recovered to look fabulously French.

I was in need of a bench to stage with a beautiful 1930's vanity I purchased recently and thought this would work perfectly if I transformed it. I ran to my neighborhood Lowe's to pick up another drop cloth....what would we do without these now that we know how versatile they can be?

Another blessing in blog land, Karen at provided me with a fabulous french graphic that I took to my local Kinko's and enlarged to 200%. It only cost a couple dollars and was the perfect size to cover my ottoman top. Now, I have used the freezer paper transfer method on pillows with okay results. Just recently I gave the Citrasolve method a worked about the same. The newest method I found  was to use a heat transfer tool with a laser copy, color or black and white. I just happened to already own one of these little tools that I purchased years ago off of QVC.

I layed out my drop cloth and "dry fit" it around my ottoman for size. Then I did my best to center my printed design on the fabric and taped it down to avoid slipping. I preheated my transfer tool and worked in little circles across the design carefully lifting and peeking occasionally. Since my design was so large I cut the paper away as I went to keep track of what I was already done with. I have to say, aside from my hand getting sore from gripping the tool for so long, I was really impressed with how well the image transferred. I understand you can buy these on Amazon fairly inexpensively.

I removed the wooden legs, gave them a coat of ivory paint and distressed them. The pink velvet trim had to go! I used my handy dandy staple gun and upholstered my new beautiful design right over the top of the "seen better days" green. Once I screwed the legs back on it was good to go. All together it took me just a couple hours to complete. As impatient as I am...that's about perfect.

Linking up with these lovely ladies:



Debbi said...

oh my, Carrie, that will sell quick. I have never used a heat tool. Actually never heard of it either, but perfect for the bigger than 8x10 projects.
Just so ya know, it's not an age thing, it is the mind of a creative person!! Notes don't work for me either LOL, sometimes I will draw a picture of what I want to do and hope I remember....Love the Graphic Fairy too, I have used lots of her images in paper, textile and graphic art.

Angela said...

Your footstool looks so pretty, I love it.
I have to give the transfer to material a go.
Thanks for sharing.

Kathy said...

coming from Debbie's party and wow you did great...I just bought a foot stool and mine is a little different but I also got mine at the goodwill..I am your new *best friend* nice to meet you!!!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Carrie, Great job on the stool! What a pretty transformation. Hugs, Sherry

Debbiedoo's said...

That looks fantastic Carrie. thanks for sharing with my newbie party. Have fun.

Swede Dreamer said...

The tool looks amazing!! What a great transformation. I am a new follower~hope to have you return the visit!

Deserae said...

Your little stool turned out fabulous!!!! I'm sure it will sell very quickly :o)

PS. I am now following you on Google...hope you will follow
me back :o)

Kammy's Korner said...

are you my twin? Man we sound alike! I think I have 8 half finished projects right now and I like the ones I can get done FAST!!!! This stool looks GREAT!!!! Totally love it's new look! Always love your stuff.

Ann said...

Oh, so lovely. Looks like the heat tool works great.

The Shady Porch said...

Very nice...I love how the transfer turned out too! Thanks for sharing at the Rock ‘N Share!

Judy said...

Love your bench. I will be featuring it tonight at my Winter Blues Wednesday party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks so much.

Laura from Top This Top That said...

just love your little stool. It came out great. gonna do some lookin around for the tool that you used.

Layn @ said...

This is awesome! Great job! I'm going to have to get one of those little tools and try it with a small print. ;-)