How to Make a Faux Fur Pouf for Under $40!

Faux fur pouf DIY

I have a secret infatuation with faux fur. I'm the gal who raids the remnant bin at the fabric store for any and all furry fabrics. What I'm saving them for, I don't know. They're just so fun! The faux fur pouf is trending, but some of the nicer onces available to purchase are over $100. With back-to-school season upon us again, I wanted to find a way to make one of these fun and furry ottomans on the cheap. Continue Reading

Before & After: Faith’s Footstool Makeover

created at: 12/28/2011

I recently found a (somewhat ugly) little footstool at an estate sale, but I saw its potential the moment I laid eyes upon it. With a little paint and some new fabric, I had a bright new piece of furniture in my living room!    

created at: 12/15/2011

To create the new look, I started by painting it a matte black color using leftover latex paint. Then I chose a piece of fabric which I sewed to the top cushion. Continue Reading

Make an Upholstered Stool from Recycled Table Parts

created at: 07/03/2010

One of my all time favorite things to find at Goodwill or the Salvation Army is one of these two-tiered, laminate tables. The legs and dividers are solid wood, the base pieces are covered in an ugly laminate. To see how to turn one of these into an upholstered footstool, with parts to spare, check out the entire project on ApartmentTherapy. It so happenedthat the dividers on this table had a unique shape that made perfect stool legs. Continue Reading

Reupholstery: Suzani Footstool with Flat Welting

created at: 04/30/2010

This little tutorial over on Instructables is helpful for reupholstering an old, old footstool, but the best part is how to turn cardboard tack strip into flat welting to hide the staples. Otherwise, you would glue on gimp or hard-to-make double welt cord. This gives you a slick, low profile finish around the edge. See the full, step-by-step tutorial. created at: 04/30/2010

You have to love the age on this thing. See more.

Make a Pacman Pouf





This Pacman Pouf (aka ottoman) is not a makeover; it was built from scratch. A project not for the faint of heart, but allesflex over at Instructables walks us through the entire process, making it as painless as possible.

Materials you’ll need to make one:

  • MDF
  • plywood
  • timber
  • leather-look upholstery fabric
  • cardboard
  • staples

Equipment you’ll need:

  • workbench
  • jigsaw
  • drill and drill bits
  • countersink
  • screws
  • wood glue
  • curved needle and thread
  • sewing machine, if available
  • stapler
  • knife
  • markers

To see the entire project follow this jump. Continue Reading

Upholstery Basics: 30 Minute Stool Makeover

created on: 05/18/08

created on: 05/18/08

From the time my husband was pulling up to the grocery store for spaghetti ingredients to when he pulled in the driveway, I had this little modern stool reupholstered from teardown to presentation.  No kidding!  I had been deliberating on what fabric to use all morning and afternoon so the hard part was over.  I chose this black and white because I needed a little friction in the room.  All the colors were looking a little two summers agoContinue Reading

ApartmentTherapy Contest

If anyone reads ApartmentTherapy online, please be sure to look for my two entries of furniture re-dos and vote.  Here are my two Before and After entries.  Let me know what you think.

Check out the materials and how-to on