Do-It-Yourself Diva

Dear Diva Readers,

top:5px;float:left;color:white;background:#781300;border:1px solid darkkhaki;font-size:100px;line-height:90px;padding-top:1px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>While at a flea market in France a while back I ran across these simple footstools which had been recovered with a French postal sack.  Though they weren’t in particularly good condition I was smitten with them and snapped a picture for my Diva Idea file.

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Before long I noticed that my footstool I use to prop my feet in my office chair was looking beyond tired and this seemed like the perfect Do-It-Yourself Diva project!

I dug into my basket of fabrics, tissues and remnants and pulled out a money bag I’d bought at a garage sale 13 years ago at a flea market in Cleveland, Ohio.  My husband and I lived and worked in Cleveland for only a short time but it was a particularly sweet time in our life – a time we remember with great fondness.  And though I have decorated my home with souvenirs from cities around the world somehow I don’t have an item of Ohio décor chez moi!

I carefully cut the bag down the center of the reverse side, gave it a good washing and then set about starching the bag into submission. 

I flipped the footstool over and removed its legs and got out my staple gun and went to town!!

In the words of Emeril Lagasse – BAM!

And in no time at all – Voila! – my own chic little footstool was born!!

With that little project done, I was ready to sit down and write another blog – with my tootsies resting on their “new” old footstool!

Project Basics:

Supplies Needed:

  • Footstool in need of recovering
  • Fabric (a bank bag, postal sack or other ephemera)
  • Staple gun & staples

Skill Level:
None.  You won’t even nick your manicure.

½ hour

The Antiques Diva®
(who is today calling herself “The Do-It-Yourself Diva”!)

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Author: Toma Clark Haines

Toma Clark Haines is a Global Tastemaker, Speaker, Writer & Entrepreneur; and founder and CEO The Antiques Diva® & Co, Europe, Asia and America's largest Antiques Sourcing & Touring Company.

  • You have such a cool imagination for making things so memorable!! Love your nails 🙂 You could do a promo for the staple gun with them 🙂