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.


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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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  1. September 6, 2013 / 5:19 pm

    They turned out awesome! And those doors… wow! I"m featured you on Friday Five this week!

    • September 8, 2013 / 8:19 pm

      Thank you so much!

    • September 8, 2013 / 8:23 pm

      Yours looks gorgeous- thanks for sharing it with me!

  2. September 6, 2013 / 5:57 pm

    We have the exact same stools from overstock and I always wondered if spraying would work. I agree that they due tend to go a bit red. Thanks for the project, I'm inspired to finally do ours now :)!

    • September 8, 2013 / 8:25 pm

      Yeah, I wasn't a big fan of the red.

  3. September 6, 2013 / 6:38 pm

    The stools look great and I'm still drooling over those doors!

  4. September 6, 2013 / 7:59 pm

    they are really cool with the doors! Love the doors btw!!! We have the same color gray doors in our basement! I love them! Don't run the vac into them tho:)

    House Envy

    • September 8, 2013 / 8:25 pm

      Ha- good point!

  5. September 6, 2013 / 11:03 pm

    They look great!! Love the black with the print! Love it!!

  6. September 7, 2013 / 2:23 am

    Love them! And your upstairs looks so posh.how do you find the time??

  7. Allison
    September 6, 2013 / 9:35 pm

    Those look great Megan! Fun fabric! Your doors are really beautiful! Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  8. September 7, 2013 / 4:12 pm


    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!

    • September 8, 2013 / 8:26 pm

      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. 🙂

  9. September 7, 2013 / 6:02 pm

    I love how your stools turned out!! It makes me want to bust out a furniture makeover soon!

  10. September 7, 2013 / 6:45 pm

    i love that fabric. i'm hoping to add a little touch of leopard somewhere in my living room real soon!

  11. September 8, 2013 / 1:34 am

    I love the end result!! I have the same stools and have considered a similar makeover. That animal print fabric is oh so fab!

  12. September 8, 2013 / 7:25 pm

    I. LOVE. THIS. You really have a classy style Megan. The stripes in your foyer, the black doors and now these stools…you're totally keeping me coming back for more! 🙂

    Btw – not sure if you'd be interested or not, but I'm having a giveaway for a gorgeous turquoise necklace on my blog. You might like it! http://anniehearts.com/blog/giveaways/giveaway-turquoise-necklace

    Annie XO

    • September 8, 2013 / 8:27 pm

      Thanks so much girlie!

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