Vintage Tell City Footstool Gets a Boutique Style Up-cycle

I purchased this vintage Tell City footstool several years ago at a local primitive occasional shop for $20.

The finish was very worn and the fabric was faded and soiled.

The first thing I did was to remove the old fabric and reupholster the top with burlap from Joann Fabric.

This process was pretty easy.  

I pulled the burlap very tight and stapled it down with many staples.  I folded the fabric tight at the corners.

The footstool looked much better with the new burlap top, but I wanted a more trendy boutique look for my footstool.

 Luckily, my *Old Sign Stencils Buffalo Check stencil was the perfect size for the footstool top.

I stenciled on the check pattern with Fusion Mineral Paint in Champlain, pouncing on the paint with a brush from the  Dreamweaver Brush Set, after dabbing the brush pretty dry on a paper plate first.

Here is the stenciled buffalo check burlap top.

Next, I added Old Sign Stencils Market Extension "Vintage" with black acrylic craft paint.

So far, my upcycle was going very WELL.

But then, I also decided to paint the wood on the footstool.   This part didn't go according to plan.  

I brushed on the Fusion Mineral Paint in Champlain, however dark pink popped up EVERYWHERE through the paint.  

I think the wood may be mahogany.  I immediately brushed on Zinsser Bulls Eye Clear Shellac.  Two coats, just to be safe.  Wrong.  Still pink popping through.  Less, but still pink.

Long story short, I may have brushed on 6 coats of shellac before NO PINK came through my paint.  

Boutique Style Upcycle of a Vintage Footstool
 But, it was worth the trouble!  

The footstool is boutique style fun!

Boutique Style Upcycle of a Vintage Footstool
 I didn't distress the piece at all.  

I like it just like this.

Boutique Style Upcycle of a Vintage Footstool
It's a KEEPER!

Boutique Style Upcycle of a Vintage Footstool

*Old Sign Stencils provided me with complimentary samples.
All opinions about these fabulous products are my own.

Other furniture upcycles with Old Sign Stencils Buffalo Check stencil:
Vintage Pedestal Table Upcycle with Buffalo Check Stencil

Rustic Desktop Upcycle with Buffalo Check Stencil

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  1. Carlene, we love your little stool! You did a great job with the buffalo plaid stencil on burlap. This would be darling on burlap pillows! You are so talented. Love your ideas.

  2. I think your little stool is darling! I truly love buffalo checks and buffalo checks in those colors. I made some drapes those color buffalo checks one time.

  3. That's one very sweet make-over, Carlene! That stool is just the cutest thing!

  4. Wow, that turned out so darn cute, Carlene! I love it. And I wouldn't have tho't to do what you did with the burlap in a million years. It took some persistence dealing with that pin bleed-through, too!

  5. That is so cute Carlene! I love it. I have a piece that keeps bleeding through & I know I'm going to have to re-do it. Did you add the 6 coats of shellac over the areas you already painted, or did you sand or remove the paint first?


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