I have this stool that went with an old Singer sewing table. It was my stool for practicing cello--the perfect height! My mom recovered the brown plastic seat-top (it's removable; I used to put candy inside) with a really pretty burgundy fabric for my 17th birthday.
A cat and three kids later, and the fabric was horribly ragged; the stool had seen better days.
My artsy, crafty, brilliant friend Cara showed me this blog, without realizing that it would saddle me with a Martha Stewart fever to make me want to re-do my entire house using thrift stores and ingenuity. (Or did you realize it would make me want that, Cara? How evil of you!) I pored through the before & afters. I dreamed up project after project, filling up three pages of a notebook with ideas, and talking Phill's ears off. "I'm thinking sophisticated black & white & cream for the master bedroom is perfect--in fact, I blah-blah-blah-blah and then I'll go to the store and blah-blah-blah--Phill?....Phill? Are you asleep?"
I did realize, eventually, that I need to do this overhaul thing slowly, if at all. I need to hunt Craigslist, comb through thrift stores, and check out eBay. And wait, wait, wait.
But I realized that my Singer stool could easily (and quickly--that's important) be rehabilitated in a beautiful way! (It was a thrilling realization.) Want to see? I was so darn excited that I FORGOT to take Before photos (after Cara telling me about three times) until I had already sanded it a little and put the first fabric layer on. (Sheepish bleat.) But just imagine a brown plastic cover and brown legs. Okay. Ready?
Post-edit: Abby asked me how much this cost me and I was actually going to list it. It cost me three times what I expected (I wonder if that's a standard?), but it was still pretty reasonable.
Staple gun: $10 (Just bought the cheapest one I saw at Home Depot)
Black latex paint (I think a pint): $3.47
Fabric: $12.00 (Went to JoAnn; bought a yard of white cotton and then a yard of the patterned fabric)
Total: About $35