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Thursday, September 24, 2009

JC Penney Stool: The Big Reveal...

Ever since seeing these faux bamboo, chinoiserie inspired stools from Cindy Crawford's line for JC Penney that we posted about here, we have been wondering what they are like in real life.  When I initially saw it, I thought about ordering a pair for a twin bedroom, to put one at the foot of each bed.  The JCP website didn't provide dimensions (of course), so I called and found out they were only 18" wide.  Too small for the foot of a twin bed (and I thought two per twin would look weird).  So I decided to just order one and use it as a footstool/ ottoman in my den.

The stool arrived yesterday in a box, with easy looking instructions.  However, the bronzey color of the metal base just wasn't doing it for me.  It isn't gold enough to look good, so I knew I had to make a change.

The top of the ottoman is perhaps the ugliest thing I have ever seen.  It is a horrible taupey color of ultrasuede.  ULTRASUEDE.  The worst material known to man.  I mean, why do cheap furniture designers insist on doing everything in ultrasuede?  I absolutely cannot stand it, and this ottoman is no exception. 

But not to worry, I was planning to make a few changes to it. 

First, off, I detached the ultrasuede cushion from the metal base and spray painted the base black.  I think it could also look good to fill in some of the crevices on the bamboo with gold leaf paint.  I might do that later on.

Then, I knew I had to cover up that icky ultrasuede. 

In my den, I had already lined some built-in bookshelves with a $1/yard red diamond print fabric I found, so I thought this ottoman would be a good way to tie that fabric into the room. 

Here is a close-up of the fabric.  It's certainly not the most exciting fabric in the world, but it works well in my den, and at $1 a yard, the price was right!

Next step was to break out the trusty staple gun and cover the cushion.

And the finished cushion- what a big difference!

Then, I screwed the updated cushion onto the now-black base. 

And voila!  A "custom" footstool for $99 shipped!

I am happy with how it turned out!  I think a pair of these would look fabulous if you have the right place for them!

This project was super super easy.  From start to finish it took less than 2 hours, including the time to let the paint dry.  I think painting the base and covering the cushion makes a huge difference- what do you think?  And you could definitely have more fun with it and paint the base red or white and use a fun graphic fabric. 


Julie said...

I love it! It looks so much better!

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

My first thought when I saw the picture was, she needs to recover that thing, stat! I totally agree with you about ultrasuede. It has to be the most heinous fabric known to mankind.

The finished project looks great.

Anonymous said...

I just cannot get over what a transformation this is. The paint/fabric really takes it the extra mile. I need one!

inthetweeds said...

I love the re-do! So much better black and with the ultrasuede hidden. I have that very same diamond fabric but in yellow on my dining room chairs!

goheels83 said...

Wow, that looks amazing!!! Can't believe it is the same ottoman!!!

central bark designs said...

Love it! Looks great. Might have to try 2 of them - side by side as a "bench" in my foyer....and instant extra seating for a tiny NYC apartment!

Thanks for the tips!

spark! (Ada-Marie) said...

What an improvement! I love MoS DIYs :)

LindsB said...

So much better, like 100 million times better. A pair would be lovely, you are right there.

Southern Aspirations said...

Way better! It was very helpful to see i up close and personal and not just online. I had thought the bottom was black... debating about purchasing!

Tickled Pink And Green said...

I think I'm going to line the back of my shelves with some fabric. Is it hard? Or is it just cut to measure and then glue? I'm sure there is something more to it??...I'm scared of fouling it up...(which I often do, with the simplest of tasks ..Lol)..

The Matters of Style Girls said...

Tickled Pink and Green: Lining shelves in fabric is easy, and you can definitely do it! I used a staple gun rather than glue, because I know my built-ins aren't "fine furniture." You just measure, cut, and then affix it either with glue or staples. I stapled really close to the edges so you can't see it at all. You can do it! Report back and let us know how it goes!

sophie said...

Great improvement idea to make it,.
good work!,.

tory burch said...

Thank you very much!

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