Recovering a Footstool and Balance



v. re·cov·ered, re·cov·er·ing, re·cov·ers
1. To get back; regain.
2. To restore (oneself) to a normal state
3. To compensate for
4. To procure
5. To bring under observation again
is something I strive for..
the reassuring calm of the ordinary, every day
day to day
sort of day.
some crave the extra-ordinary
they shoot for the stars
on occasion there are
falling stars.. such fleeting brilliance
To restore
my sanity and inner peace
I head to my little studio and play beautiful music
The last time you were here, this little corner was filled with wildly bright flowers,
I thought it was time for something a bit easier on the eye..
One of our dinners in Sorrento was at the prettiest restaurant called Don Alfonso.
It had recently been redone in pinks and flowers so of course I went crazy..
taking iPhotos when the waiter wasn’t looking. They have a cooking school as well!
There were tiny footstools which I assumed were for wee little legs like mine, lol,
but they were a posh little seat for purses!
I vowed to have one of these at home where our winters are so muddy and wet.
This is a “No Sew” project, the materials you require are:
one flea-market footstool
fabric square that extends beyond the top and sides of the footstool
trim that will wrap around the sides of the footstool
staple gun
glue gun
I found this little footstool at Home Sense, while I do love “Boho”, the pattern on this one was too faded and worn.
I was going to make a footstool from scratch.. but this seemed so much easier and the cost would likely have been the same.
I bought this rich raspberry colored fabric and trim from
Recovering a Footstool
1. Cut a fabric square, just beyond the edges, leaving enough to fold under before stapling.
2. Fold each side and staple once in the centers, pulling fabric taut.
3. Then gradually pull snug and staple all around, leaving corners free.
4. Then tuck as if you were wrapping a gift, cutting excess fabric from underneath to reduce bulk.
You can use a flat screwdriver or one side of some sturdy scissors to pull out and change staple placement at any time.
5. Then glue gun your trim in place, overlapping the ends.
This would have been so much easier if I could unscrew the legs and pull the fabric right down onto the bottom, but these ones were firmly glued in place.
6. Turn upright and il gioco è fatto!
  • Was in Sorrento for only 2 nights – spent the day in Capri – but went to a dynamic and fantastic Tarantella the evening there that was unforgettable.
    Love your project.

  • What a wonderful project my friend 🙂 – your footstool looks so gorgeous!


  • Smidge, what a beautiful post! Your recovered footstool is fabulous, but your words are the best thing today – so wise and helpful. It’s so true – life is about finding peace and balance and breathing space in the small everyday things, rather than constantly seeking the new and exciting. I wonder if that’s something we don’t learn until we’re older.. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Lovely! And what a great color. I need to recover our kitchen chairs and you’ve inspired me to be a bit more bold with my fabric choice. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • What a gorgeous footstool. I love how you went with hot pink. How sensible of a restaurant to have somewhere to put your bag – I do hate to have to put my bag on the floor xxReplyCancel

  • I love color! That raspberry is the perfect punch, Smidge. Is it as easy as you make it look? LolReplyCancel

    • Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen

      It really was, Ruth. For me, honestly, it’s just having the courage to get started and not worry about it looking “perfect”. I’d like to try making a smaller one from “scratch” next.ReplyCancel

  • Well done Barabara! Every bag should have its own stool.ReplyCancel

  • You are so crafty I love it! I also love the framed photo of your garden flowers lurking in the background of your finished stool photo!! Making things like this make you appreciate them so much more!ReplyCancel

    • Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen

      Haha..wondered if anyone would notice that, Britt:DReplyCancel

  • Smidge, I cannot say enough how much of an inspiration you are. Thank you for always bringing us the most beautiful posts filled with so much love, wisdom and happiness.
    LOVE your footstool, just too gorgeous.
    🙂 Mandy xoReplyCancel

  • You are very creative! That foot stool just got more fab!ReplyCancel

  • That’s a sweet little project! Your studio looks like a dream room to work in. You’ve inspired me to take a look around my office and think about transforming it into my dream space. I have two big windows and a door leading to the back verandah, but the decor isn[‘t particularly uplifting. I think I need to pay more attention to these things!ReplyCancel

    • Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen

      You should, Marlene.. the two windows and a big door.. it sounds like wonderful place to work! I saw so many different pieces at Ikea, I was wishing I had started there first. As it is, they’re a mix-up of pieces over the years. I was thinking I should spray them all out in white so they match.. Oh, well, another day another project:) xxReplyCancel

  • Beautiful – love the colour and I adore projects like this!ReplyCancel

  • What a great idea… we are in the same kind of weather especially winter… DianeReplyCancel

  • You are just so clever–or should I say no-sew clever! I love this little footstool, and I think if I take a little time up in my attic I may have an old one or two I could get working on! You make everything so beautiful, Smidge. I just love seeing what you’ve been up to! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • How very civilized, having a stool available for a Lady’s purse. Then again, who would put a Prada of Fendi bag on the floor in the first place? Good to see that you are doing your best to keep your bags in the style to which they became accustomed while touring. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen

      Hahaha.. I think I’m just going to sit on that stool for a while today, John:) One of the surprising sights in Florence, Italy was that the moment the sun went down, out came hundreds of knock-off purses on the streets for perusal. I wondered if that was legal there? Hopefully no one makes a knock-off of my footstool;)ReplyCancel

  • I love your cozy corner – love blue and beige in combination.
    The restaurant chair – just want I have been looking for … love that they have the back in one color and the seat pad in floral.
    Not a pink person – but I enjoy it in the right environment or on the right person.
    Cerise is a stunning color – your footstool came out fantastically.

    Your poem are so well written and it goes for all of us .. we need calmness and balance in our lives, so often we have a chance.

    I wouldn’t mind a great meal at Don Alfonso – everything I see I would enjoy.ReplyCancel

  • LOVING THAT BAG ! Even a bit more than the footstool heehee

    Gorgeous bit of class from Italy – your posts are making me want to go back and visit !!ReplyCancel

  • I need to in that calming room of yours! I am soooo with you on the need for restoration. Life is just too crazy sometimes, right? Coming to your little space always seems to do the trick; poetry, food, design…what more could you want? 🙂 Oh, wait- beautiful photography too!! xoxoReplyCancel

  • Love the bright color of your footstool. It seems to say “look at me, I’m so cute”.ReplyCancel

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