Hi everyone,

On my blog today, I have created a project which is a little different to usual. I normally make for myself, friends or family! However, I was recently asked to make an upcycled project for Nightingale house. Nightingale house is a charity based in Wrexham north wales which Sizzix work closely with to help raise money (for more information https://www.nightingalehouse.co.uk/). I picked out a stool for this project… as you can see from the images below the stool was very tasteless and needed some colour.

Using furniture paint I painted the stool grey. Grey furniture is really in at the moment and it’s a colour that will look great in any home. I then paired the grey with polka dot, light pink and hand printed (by myself) tropical material. I don’t normally like mixing two patterns together, but this really works.


Follow my step by step guide below and see how I upcycled an old stool and made it new.

What you will need:

  • Big shot
  • Die- sloth 663596
  • Material- polka dot, light pink, white
  • Paint-grey
  • Paintbrush
  • Foam sheet
  • Peacock feather coloured ink
  • Mount board
  • Spray mount

How to:

  1. Strip stool- unscrew cushion from stool frame, take the material off of the cushion.
  2. Paint stool grey and leave to dry
  3. Foam stamp- cut tropical elements from the sloth die set. Of each element you will need 3x cuts. spray mount the 1x element onto the mount board and layer the other 2x pieces on top to create the stamp.
  4. Once the stamp is created, stamp the tropical design onto the white fabric.
  5. Sew together the tropical fabric, polka dot, and light pink.
  6. Measure the fabric onto the old piece and cut to size.
  7. Cover the foam seating with the new fabric and table in place.
  8. Screw the cushion back on to the stool.