Vanity stool by chair

Dated vanity bench makeover

Before Pic of Vanity StoolMy old vanity bench, that I've owned for nearly 20 years, was dated and begging for a makeover.  It was sturdy, not the type of piece you get rid of...but it was ugly. 

Faux Fur WrapI had a momentary vision of using an old piece of clothing that was cluttering up my closet.  This faux fur wrap is also 20 years old and long out of style.  What a great way to recover an old piece of furniture and recycle an old piece of clothing!   But after cutting the wrap up into two pieces that would need to be sewed together...I realized it was slightly too small to cover the entire top of the stool.  But this did give me a vision of how I wanted it to turn out - faux fur all the way!

I was leaning towards removing the backrest all together because I was concerned it was going to be an issue to recover.  I am not a good seamstress and like to stick to a no sew recovering strategy.

I started by removing the top cushion from the bottom wood base.  This was an easy four screws below the cushion. Then I removed the cover and the backrest portion was also quickly removed with another four screws, leaving an uneven cushion for the bottom.

Cover and base of vanity stool removed

This prompted a trip to Hobby Lobby, for a new cushion and in search of a good faux fur option.  For the new cushion, I purchased a 6inch x 27 inch x 27 inches, regularly $19.99, but with the 40% off coupon ended up costing $12 and another $12 for the faux fur fabric.  

I used a sharp bread knife to cut the cushion in the exact circular shape as the wood board base. 

If you are changing the depth of the cushion(like I did), pay special attention to keep the pressure even while recovering.

Bottom view of vanity stoolFor extra stability, I hot glued the cushion to the base so it wouldn't slip around while I was stappling the cover to the bottom of base.  When you start to staple, add one maybe two staples to each side (for a circle I did 4 starter areas, north south east west). 

This gives you an idea of how tight to pull the fabric.  Especially with a circle, it is easy to pull one side tighter than the other, which will leave you with a lop sided cushion.

Then it was time to re-attach the cushion to the base of the bench.

For a total of $24, the finished product:

Finished Vanity stool bathroom view
vanity stool by chair
close up vanity stool


  • Maryon

    I have one just like yours different
    Fabric. Makes me hopeful I to can update mine. We all have a tendency to throw out perfectly good items and buy new! You did a beautiful job. Congrats and thanks for sharing.

  • sue

    Very nice and I LOVE those that recycle old furniture. I will take OLD furniture ANYTIME to new stuff which usually can’t compare in quality not to mention the prices of new things. I love the results I have gotten on my reupholster/recover projects over the years using the paint I want to go with my decor and the fabric I love. I don’t have to settle for what’s out there, I buy what I like and redo my own things and they remain with me forever it seems. Thanks for this. Bet is comfy to sit on or put your bare footsies???

  • chaosqueen

    Thanks Sue! I prefer to “renew” than to buy new always! and Yes, the stool is super comfy for bare feet!

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