Adventures in Reupholstering! & New Heirloom

Friday, January 20, 2012

Hello Friends! Who's glad it's Friday? I know I am so ready for this weekend; primarily because I get to make plans for Monday's blog which will include all the details for the Bee's Knees first Valentines giveaway! Yes, all that excitement will be brewing over the weekend, so stay tuned for all the details Monday. :)

I have had a very busy morning. It is going on 2:00 and I still have a ton to do before 5 (the start of girls night!) so we had better just get down to business today!

I have something very special for you that I told you we were going to cover eventually- a guide to reupholstering (my style)! :) This is my first time EVER reupholstering 'anything' and I'm proud to say it went quite well. As I mentioned last week, I have had this makeup vanity since I was probably 13 or 14 years old, but it needed a little 'makeover' if you will. So without further delay I give you- the Bee's Knees adventures in reupholstering!

Reupholstering a Vanity Stool

The first thing you will want to do is find your materials that you will be using to reupholster. I chose to go with this pretty patterned furniture fabric from Joann Fabrics. I wanted to make it extra girly so I threw in some scalloping ribbon and furniture nails.

Here is another image of the furniture nails. Aren't they too cute? I just love the design 

Here is what the stool looked like before the project:

First I started by removing all of the staples on the underside of the stool holding down the old material. This was probably the most time consuming task but I found that they came right out with flat-head screwdriver. Next I had to take out each one of the old upholstery nails on the front of the stool holding down the white lace ribbon- these also came right out with the screw driver.
I was able to reuse the padding for the seat since it was in good condition (my parents were the last ones to reupholster this) so I left that on. 
Here is what the bench looked like bare:
(My mother-in-law bought me the pink tool set) :)

Once the fabric was removed, I simply laid out the old fabric on the back side of the new fabric and traced a line around the entire thing to make sure the new fabric was going to be the correct size.

Once I cut out the fabric I laid it over the stool seat and then flipped the sear upside down in order to begin stapling. I recommend pulling the fabric 'tight' with each staple to ensure that it won't budge later on. Staple guns can be found at any home improvement store along with the furniture nails. Once I stapled the entire piece of material to the seat I went back around and hammered each staple in to make sure that once again, they won't be going anywhere! 

Finally, I went around the entire outside of the stool with the scalloping ribbon and decorative furniture nails every three inches and here is what the final product looks like (a huge improvement!):

I hope that you will feel encouraged to take on that reupholstering project around 'your' home that you've been wanting to accomplish! I have said this before but I'll say it again- if I can do it, anybody can learn!

The last thing I wanted to share with you all is a picture of a very special heirloom that was passed down to me last week. Below is a picture of my great grandmothers telephone desk (from a long time ago!).
I was happy to welcome it into our home and I even found the perfect place for it. Thank you again Mom & Dad! 
I hope everyone has an enjoyable and relaxing weekend. Please check back Monday for details on how to enter the Bee's Knees Valentines giveaway! Love you all...


  1. Wow Melissa Joy, you did wonders with the vanity seat!!! Love it so much better now! So happy you are enjoying the vanity and antique telephone desk! :) Love you most!

  2. Wow, look at you! You are an amazing woman! Love what you did to this seat.

  3. That's it!!! The piano bench is next!!!! :) See how you motivate others??? Love you!

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