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Using a Leather Jacket to Cover a Worn Footstool


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February 7, 2012

I had a woven footstool that was beginning to come apart. Instead of purchasing expensive reed to re-weave it, I decided to cover it with genuine leather from a secondhand coat I purchased for two bucks! I left the woven part of the stool intact to create stability. The upholstery tacks were 97 cents. Total cost of project - $2.97. Leather Jacket Footstool -refinishing a footstool

 

Approximate Time: 2 hours

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Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. First, remove the lining from the jacket. I simply cut it out with scissors.
  2. Place the center back of the jacket over the stool to determine how to best cut the jacket.
  3. Leather Jacket Footstool - Determining where to cut.
     

  4. While holding the jacket in place, flip the stool over and cut away the excess from the jacket so you will have a manageable piece of leather to work with.
  5. Pull one side of the leather over the wooden support and staple in place using a staple gun.
  6. Leather Jacket Footstool - Stapling leather to underside.
     

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  7. Flip the stool over, and turn the leather under around the top of the legs so that no raw edges can be seen.
  8. Leather Jacket Footstool - Turning and fitting the leather around the top of the legs.
     

  9. Do the same on the opposite side; then repeat on each end.
  10. Trim away any excess leather from the bottom.
  11. Next, measure the bottom of the stool and add about 1/2 inch to all four sides to turn under.
  12. Cut a piece of leather this size.
  13. Turn one side under 1/2 inch, and apply upholstery tacks along the edge.
  14. Leather Jacket Footstool - Covering the center of the underside with the final piece of leather.
     

  15. Repeat on other three sides.
Leather Jacket Footstool -Recovered footstool.
 

By Rachel's Mom from Wilkesboro, NC

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March 10, 2012

Here's a picture of an old stool that was refurbished using an old leather jacket.

Stool fixed up using a leather jacket.

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