Quickie Cute Stool Redo: A Faux Fur DIY Make-over for $3

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I did a super-quick little make-over on this stool today. It took less than 30 minutes! We’ve had this vintage stool in the dressing room for years (it was my boyfriends before I can along so who knows how long he had it) and I’ve been wanting to give it a redo. I found this heavy-duty piece of sheepskin-esque faux fur at the thrift store for $2.99 last year and it worked great for this. Faux fur is very forgiving for this sort of thing. I also had a piece of thick foam leftover from another project that was perfect. I grabbed my supplies (pen, knife, scissors and staple gun) and went at it.

Here’s what it looked like before:

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I started measuring the foam by turning the seat upside-down on top of the foam and traced it with a sharpie pen. I started the cut with a utility knife as it gave me more control, then finished it with a sharp knife, slicing with a steady up and down motion.

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Then it was time to get stapling. I placed the foam on the stool, then turned it upside-down in the center of the fur. Start by stapling opposite sides, pulling firmly but not tight. Once each of the 4 sides are tacked down, go to the middle of each tack and staple, again going to opposite sides.

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Because of the way the legs sit on this stool, I had to cut in and staple around them. I found the center point, cut a semi-circle where the leg would go and stapled on either side of the leg, again pulling firmly but not tight. Be sure and stop periodically to check that the fabric is fairly evenly pulled all the way around so it’s not lop-sided when you’re done.

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Then finish it off, going around the outside and tacking down the remaining open bits. Done!

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Now we have a fun and comfortable stool in the dressing room, and all it cost was $2.99 for the fabric from the thrift store 🙂

Learn a New Language, for FREE, and it’s fun, too? Sign me up!

Happy New Year Beautiful Readers! Like so many of you, I’m going into the New Year with New Goals, and one of those is to learn French. It’s just something I’ve always wanted to do. Besides, being multilingual is infinitely cool and well, Fabulous 🙂 If you are a regular reader of this blog, then you know I had to find the cheapest way possible to accomplish this. How about FREE? Duolingo was suggested to me by Facebook friends, and it’s great! Simple, easy to work, and in a fun, game-like format. You can do as many or few lessons as you like, whenever you like. It’s available as an app for your smartphone or pad, or just go to their website on your computer. http://www.duolingo.com

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In addition to Duolingo, there is Mango Language, available for FREE through the Denver Public Library website, all you need is a library card (check your local library’s website to see if it is available in your area). http://connect.mangolanguages.com/languages I haven’t started in on this one yet, but looks great, very similar to Rosetta Stone, and uh, FREE!

Let’s get our learning on people! What are your learning goals for the New Year? Tell me about it in the Leave a Reply/Comments section.

New Fabulous Finds! Manolo Blahnik, Celine & Dolce and Gabbana! And a New Source for Cheap Designer Goods…

I have some terrific new finds to tell you about! …and a New Source for Designer Goods…

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Here are two recent AWESOME finds at my favorite Goodwill: A pair of wool logo pants from Celine in perfect condition for $4.99, and a Dolce’ & Gabbana silver mesh one-shoulder top ($4.49). I love them both, but am selling the Celine pants on Ebay this week, it’s a great way to help me pay for my thrifting!  ( http://www.ebay.com/itm/121536231714?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 ) They are great pants just not quite my style. (I’m keeping the top! Can’t wait to wear it this Spring.)

…and as promised, I’m telling you about a New Source. Ok, it’s been around awhile, but it is new to this blog. Goodwill has a national auction website listing all sorts of goods from around the country. The catch is, there is a lot more competition for the good stuff, and you have to pay shipping and handling, but sometimes great things do slip through the cracks. Yes, you are taking a bit of a risk buying off the pictures alone, but if the listing was wrong in any way, you can return the item (minus shipping of course.) A couple weeks ago I scored big on a nice pair of classic black satin kitten heel Manolo Blahniks in excellent condition. The photos were not very good, and I’m guessing that is why not many people were bidding on them. I took a chance and got a great deal, only $14! I did have to add shipping and handling, so the total was $21, still WELL worth it.

Here is the address: http://shopgoodwill.com Happy shopping! And here are the great heels I snagged…blahnik