Domestic Archeology

5 Jan
Footstool circa 1960s

Footstool circa 1960s

This footstool has been under a chair in my guest room for years.  Several stains made it not presentable.  

My grandmother made it sometime in the 1960s.  I remembered it was made from juice cans.  My deconstruction discovered she also recycled athletic tube socks!

Tube socks revealed

Tube socks revealed

The structure of this footstool is two sizes of commercial juice cans with a large one in the middle surrounded by six smaller ones.  The ends of the cans need to be mostly in tack (of course empty of juice) for a solid top and bottom.  Covering the cans with tube socks keep them from clanging and provides an upholstered quality.

Foam topper

Foam topper

Decontructed

Deconstructed

One thing leads to another…I had 3 samples of discontinued Crypton fabric.  The upholstery features are 100% polyester, barrier and stain protection, abrasion resistant (50,000+ double rubs), heavy-duty and retails for $59.99/yard.

My first upholstery project in 2009 was 50% successful with seat covers OK, back and arms not so good.  

My second attempt is better than expected, since I needed to piece red and blue fabric strips to get enough length of the sage green to cover the perimeter.  I’ll give myself an 80% on this due to fit.  The fabric thickness made the radii fit more flat(straight) than curved.  It is clean and functional!

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