Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Imitation is a form of flattery!

I have been inspired by Mustard Seed Creations grain sack ottoman found here.  I found this great footstool at the Goodwill for only $4.99. 

I know, not pretty, but I have plans.  First of which is to get rid of the vinyl material with questionable sticky residue.  Here are the fabrics that I peeled away:

I'm thinking that perhaps it graced a roller rink in it's original 70's orange vinyl.  It made me want to put on some of those rented, brown skates and get a disco ball out.  Since I was missing all of those things, I continued on.  I dug out some fabric in my stash and recovered it.

I bleached a drop cloth and painted on some red stripes with craft paint to get that grain sack feel.

Noticed that there is freezer paper I placed under the fabric while I taped and painted on the stripes.  I then cut out a skirt for the footstool.  I just have to say that gathering a canvas drop cloth for a skirt is messy!  It unraveled a lot!!!!  

I know it isn't like Miss Mustard Seed's just yet.  So, I tried to rock out the initials.

If you checked out Miss Mustard Seed's ottoman post, you will notice that she painted the initials.  Well, it took me 2 days to build up the courage to paint on the slipcover.  I mean I just spent time making it, could I really paint initials?  I knew for sure there was no way I could free hand it.  I printed out the initials, taped it to a window, and traced it onto the slipcover with a pencil.  I will warn you, your arms may start to feel a slight burn.  If you look closely, you may see a pencil mark here or there.

Over all, I am pretty happy with the result.  I am a wanna be Miss Mustard Seed!  I hope I will do her proud!

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  1. I like it! The initials look great! I think it's a great transformation.

  2. Wow that turned out great! I would be so scared too to do the initials after all that hard work! But it turned out great, and for the price wow! I just love Miss Mustard Seed too!

  3. This looks terrific - nice job! I wanna try it!

  4. Great job! I just did this tutorial from MMS on my blog for a grainsack pillow look. Stop on over and check it out!

  5. Love it and I would love if you would link this project up over at my blog http://www.thetshirtdiaries.com‘s Upcycled Awesome linky party – http://tinyurl.com/Upcycled5

  6. Beautiful job...love this!!! I've been planning on bleaching out my drop cloths too!!

  7. Way to go girl! It looks terrific. lol

  8. Wow! You did a great job.I could never do the initials to look like that!

  9. Love it. I think you did a wonderful job.

  10. Wow that is such a great idea!! Bleaching drop cloths and painting the stripes on and the letters! You did a fabulous job. I am so excited to try this too. I just finished re-doing our master bath and spray painted the faucets and making curtains...(its on my blog) so I am taking a little break...but I may hop over to my local thrift store just to see :)

  11. Way to rescue that poor little footstool! I think I sat on that orange vinyl stool at Roxy Wheels :) What a beautiful transformation! Love the pleated skirt and initials!

    Michelle :)

  12. I just found a footstool on the side of the road that needs a re-do...a faux grainsack may be just what the doctor ordered! :)

  13. You did a positively gorgeous job. You must be totally proud!


  14. That turned out fantastic! That poor sad footstool now looks chic and fabulous!


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