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You see a lot of footstools on my blog. I have said many times they are an easy makeover and a great opportunity to use a fun fabric. The amount of fabric is minimal as well. You don't need to invest in yards and yards of fabric. Usually a half yard is all you need and you would still have enough fabric to reupholster another one (if not two!).

I purchased this footstool at an estate auction. It had the typical faded, dirty fabric which had to go!

Fortunately, there was only one layer of fabric. Once that was removed, I painted the base with Rustoleum Chalked paint in the Charcoal color.

Once that was dry, I distressed the painted portion and coated it with Varathane Crystal Clear Satin Polyurethane.

I chose a fun fabric for this one. I found this black and white farm animal print canvas fabric at JoAnn fabric store. I really liked it and the farmhouse look is so popular right now.

I added new foam and a layer of cotton batting.

I arranged the fabric so the cow would be featured on the footstool. I tacked the fabric with a staple gun and secured the fabric all around the base.

I love the way this turned out. It is simple, yet classy and fits right in with modern farmhouse decor. This particular piece is available at The Standard in Bourbon, IN.

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