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Turning Vintage Side Tables into Upholstered Stools

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One of my (other) favorite projects from Abbey’s apartment was these oversized stools we made from vintage side tables.

We knew we wanted a pair of stools or benches in her large living room to provide extra seating in a pinch, or just a place to put your feet up. I saw these side tables at a junk store in Staten Island and thought they would work perfectly if we could upholster them. I loved the octagonal shape!

I had picked up a couple of yards of this vintage stripe fabric years ago in Philadelphia’s fabric district. I still really love this fabric – all the unexpected color combos! Abbey and I both thought the stripe would be perfect for these benches, piped in a hot pink cotton.

Finished, they were taller than most stools (a little taller than chair height), but that was something I liked about them, and Abbey’s living room was plenty large enough to house the pair. So if you’re hoping to take on a similar project, just be mindful of the height of your side tables to begin with. You’ll  end up adding two or three inches of height in foam and fabric after upholstering.

I think if I could have my way, every room would have a pair of little stools somewhere. They are so cute and functional! Have you DIYed or rehabbed any benches or stools? Off the top of my head, I can remember bench projects here, here, here, here, here and here (honorable mention here). I’d love to see your favorite pair!

Top photo via Abbey’s house tour featured on Cup of Jo.
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33 thoughts on “Turning Vintage Side Tables into Upholstered Stools

  1. I have thought A LOT about this! I desperately need stools in our new house, but can't find the right pair at the right price. Yours look GREAT! I am just getting into upholstery, so I am pretty much just making cushions. Now, is the piping actually sewed onto that cushion? Or is it more like welting and attached after the fact?

    Thanks. Love this blog, so glad you are back!

  2. My favorite stools actually came from you! I picked them up at the sale you had in Arlington a few years ago! Red metal with leopard (RL I think) fabric.

    I have them in my living room and never fail to make me smile!

  3. My favorite stools actually came from you! I picked them up at the sale you had in Arlington a few years ago! Red metal with leopard (RL I think) fabric.

    I have them in my living room and never fail to make me smile!

  4. Ohmygosh I am obsessing over the coffee table. It is exactly what I have been searching for. Any thoughts on where I can find something similar???

  5. I often think about upholstering side tables but haven't found the right ones yet. I got some thrift store benches reupholstered a while back and they make me very happy.
    http://myinteriorlife.blogspot.com/2011/12/new-and-improved.html

    Oh, also, I saw the malachite fabric on the pillow on the chair. Is that the Spoonflower pattern? I just ordered some samples for a rope chair I found. How do you like the quality? And of their fabric content options, which one did you choose? I got cotton poplin samples and while I love the pattern, don't love the texture. Thanks!

  6. Perfect! I've always wanted to do that, but have never had the opportunity to tackle that project with a client.

    It looks great!

    What junk shop did you go to? Was it every thing goes? Doesn't look like it, but I haven't been there in awhile and itching to make a trip back to S.I. to check out the thrifting!

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