Leopard Print Stool Makeover

You’ve seen these regular wooden stools everywhere I’m sure.


I recently transformed ours into this:

I originally bought the stools from Overstock or Amazon for our bar counter.  But, they weren’t the right height and I never returned them, always planning someday for a makeover.  They’ve moved around the house, most recently ending up in our upstairs hallway.

I always knew I wasn’t fond of the reddish-brown color as it clashes with our floors.  After painting the doors grey, and adding some animal print rugs to my office, I figured a paint and fabric makeover would look good on the stools.


I pulled out my most favorite glossy black spray paint and gave them two good coats.

Laying the stools on their sides worked better than spraying them upright, because when I did that the first time, the spray paint started dripping down the legs.  Uh-oh.

Then I removed the seat and stapled some batting and fabric to the seat, making sure to cut the excess fabric and wrap nice, neat corners.  I love this fabric because it’s plush and soft.


Then, it was time to screw the seat back on.
I’m so happy with the result.  Of course, now I want to exchange our current rug for a Moroccan runner.
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Hi! I’m Megan, mom to a thoughtful teenager and spunky young girl. We call Houston home and recently moved into our dream home. I traded my lawyer hat to become a full-time blogger in 2010. I love sharing my passion for affordable fashion, home decor, organization, & fitness to help inspire you to take care of you!


  1. Hi!

    My name ist Kerstin, I am from Germany, and I am as of this morning officially hooked on your blog. You … I don't even know where to start. Your family is lovely, your house is incredible, and your ideas are just so inspiring! I started reading your blog a few hours ago (I'm ill and my two guys are out of the house, so I have an excuse!) and have been intermittently getting up and cleaning little corners of my house and rearranging things, and then always coming back to your blog. And now I've started with your first blog post and am reading my way through everything from back to front.

    I love it. Thank you for your great work! Keep it up, and all the best!

    1. Oh my gosh, that is such a sweet message! I've totally done that too- I was home sick one day and fell in love with Small Shop Studio blog. Thanks so much for your comment- totally made my day. Hope you feel better soon. 🙂

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