Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Transformation Thursday: Crazy for Burlap

Ever notice that Andy Warhol's maxim,"in the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes," works for just as well for fabric? Since Joe and I have been working together, different fabrics have had their 15 minutes: vintage bark cloth and French toile to name just two recent celebrities. However we've noticed lately that the ever-humble burlap seems to have captured the cutting table spotlight.

We thought this antique piano stool would definitely benefit from a gunny-sack makeover.

First we stressed the stool itself using our pad sander to bring out some highlights and wiped it clean.

Next we got out our staple gun arsenal and two sizes of staples. We use 5/16 for most fabric jobs, with 9/16 to tack down the bulkier corners.

Then we cut the fabric with enough margin to just reach the lower edge of the seat's perimeter, ironing it on a cotton setting before attaching. We decided to go right over those lovely gold upholstery tacks, then covered the staples with some vintage trim. A little Tacky Glue works wonders for this application-- just be sure to remove all the pins once it dries.

And there you have it. A totally spiffed up vintage stool! Thanks for joining us for Transformation Thursday. Click the button on our sidebar to see lots of other great projects. xo


Unknown said...

Love burlap! That turned out darlin'!

{northern cottage} said...

oh pretty - I love how you can see the shape of the top now - couldn't even see it with the old print & that patina on that base - yummy!

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deborah said...

Well, if this isn't the cutest thing! LOVE the rough burlap fabric juxtaposed against the antique stool.
Thanks for the very detailed instructions!
I will be returning often for more great posts!