Vintage Stool Makeover for a Farmhouse Fresh Look

I'm thrilled to be back this month with another Farmhouse Friends blog project.  I definitely enjoy adding special farmhouse touches throughout my home.  For me, farmhouse style exudes comfort, casual living.  A style that is far from perfect and is curated over time.  For me, scouring antique and thrift stores to find lived in pieces that I can recreate with my own touch is part of the fun.

This is our second month of farmhouse projects, so if you missed last month's farmhouse project, you can see how I made a stenciled pillow cover here.

Once in a while, you come across a piece that is just too good to be true and that is exactly what you are going to see in today's makeover.

I found this stool while out hunting with my daughter at a local vintage shop.  It was actually underneath another piece of furniture just like buried treasure.

It was dirty and needed a little fix, but this ugly duckling had a lot of potential.

Farmhouse Stool Makeover

Supplies Needed:

Black Chalk Paint


Wood glue (if your piece needs any repairs)

Upholstery Tacks


I started this project by cleaning it with soapy water, removing the upholstery tacks and fabric.  The padding was still in good shape, so it did not need to be replaced.

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The next step was to sand down the piece with sandpaper to remove the finish.

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After sanding, I used some wood glue to fix a loose brace.

Next, I painted two coats of black chalk paint.

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After drying, I used my sand paper to distress in a few areas to give it a more lived-in look.

The final step was to cut my fabric and fold it under and tack into place with upholstery tacks.

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Here is the finished stool!

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I love the little details of the rounded legs and carved circles which give this piece the character and charm.

Now let's see what the rest of our Best of Farmhouse Friends Team has come up with!


Click their names or photos below to see each blogger's project!

Angie @ Knick of Time

Susan @ Love of Home

Julie @ Love My Simple Home

Laurie @ Vin'yet Etc.

Paula @ Sweat Pea

Tammy @ One More Time Events

Stacy @ Anastasia Vintage

Kim@ Hunt and Host

Tricia @ Suburban B*tches

Amy @ My Life From Home

Christen @ DIY Swank

Megan @ Hello Farmhouse

Tara @ Lehman Lane

Visit our hashtag #FarmhouseFriends on social media as well!

To life feeling like home!



  1. It only proves that amazing makeovers on a budget are more than real!

  2. Love your project. Thanks for joining us at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Shared.

  3. What a great project! It’s darling and looks so chic!

    Thanks for sharing with us at Throwback Thursday!


  4. Judy says:

    You did an awesome job on the stool. Love the transformation. I will be featuring this tonight at my Fall into Fall party. The party opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I’ve Been Featured button. Thanks.


  6. Beverly says:

    You’ve given the old stool such a pretty,new look. Your lovely stool makeover is one of our features at today’s Snickerdoodle Create~Bake~Make Party. We hope to see you there.

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  8. This turned out beautifully Amy! I looove the fabric you chose and the pins <3 So pretty and classy. Thank you so much linking it up to our Inspiration Galore Project Party last week. You are one of my Features over at this Sunday. Pinned and shared. Have a great weekend!

  9. Patty says:

    Really beautiful! Well done!

    God bless,

  10. Beautiful makeover of a vintage stool. Thank you so much for sharing at Snickerdoodle Create~Bake~Make link party!

  11. Linda S says:

    Love the make-over! Isn’t it wonderful to take a worn out piece and breathe new life into it?

  12. Chas says:

    I just love all the little details on the stool! Turned out great!

  13. really gorgeous, love the fabric! thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday.

  14. This turned out so cute! The fabric makes it special. Thanks for sharing!

  15. I love how this turned out!

  16. Kim Jones says:

    Didn’t mean to call you Julia, Amy!!! Please forgive my bad! Wishing you a great weekend!

  17. Kim Jones says:

    What a great find, Jiulia, and a great redo! Love the color and just think this is a lovely piece!

  18. Meg says:

    This turned out so beautiful! I LOVE that fabric you chose! Great transformation, Amy!

  19. Susanne says:

    Very classy!!! Love it 🙂

  20. Paula says:

    Your stool looks so nice with its new fabric and paint. Isn’t it fun to find a thrift shop treasure and then to give it a new life?

  21. Your stool looks beautiful Amy! I really like the black and the fabric you chose, great job!

  22. What a great find! I love the new fresh look, so pretty!
    Julie @ Love My Simple Home

  23. Donna Christensen says:

    Am a new follower but I love your blog. Nice job on your latest project. I also LOVE looking for tired items and bringing them back to life. I noticed you sanded before you used the chalk paint. I am in love with chalk paint but was told there is no need to sand prior to painting. That is one of the perks of chalk paint. So I was wondering why you decided to sand?

    • Amy says:

      Hi Donna! So happy to have you following! I always sand out of habit, but this particular piece was pretty grimy and had a finish on it. A little sanding took it off and just gave me a clean slate to start with.

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