A Cheap Folding Stool Made Over and Higher

This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point.

This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point. A little Velcro did the trick! This type of thing is what I refer to as a “Buff Your Stuff” item, meaning to take something you already have and give it a facelift. It can be something old or in this case something that needed changed.  We’ve done a few chair makeovers but one of our most recent is where we took $2 Thrift Store Chairs and turned them into a Gorgeous DIY Bench Seat. Definitely check that one out!

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This is the stool as it comes straight from Amazon. However, I would have liked it to be an inch higher.

This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point.

I unscrewed the thin padded top from the bottom portion.This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point.

I purchased the fabric I could cover the top part with. Then I had Roy cut a circle out of 1″ wood. This would give me the added height I was looking for.This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point.

Then I painted my stool white.This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point.

I found that when I tried to cover the top portion of the seat the staples went through. So I purchased 1/4″ staples for my gun. Well guess what? They went through too. Just how short of staples did this company use anyway??This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point.

I decided to pry one up and see.This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point.

1/8th of an inch. I can’t even buy that short of a staple for my stapler. So I had to figure out how I was going to attach my fabric to the top part.This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point.

I decided adding in a circle of foam board would give me the little bit extra that would be needed so the staples would not stick through the top. This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point.I then began my stapling. You have to do this one “corner” at a time making sure your fabric is pulled nice and smooth. This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point.

I would trim as I went.This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point.

You have to be careful to avoid getting side wrinkles. This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point.

This was my final seat top. This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point.

I decided a couple of coats of Scotchgard wouldn’t hurt. This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point.

You may have wondered why I didn’t just cover this also but it would not have looked good. Trust me. So I painted the side of my 1″ board. This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point. I now had to attach my wood piece onto the metal base. Because the holes in the base were so large I just used some washers then regular screws.  This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point.

Then I used my drill/screwdriver to attach the wood circle. This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point.

It’s now ready for the top material section.This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point.

I wanted the option to remove it should it get dirty over time or should I just want to change fabric at some point in the future so I decided to go with heavy duty velcro. This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point.

The Velcro I had just happened to be sticky back. Otherwise I could have hot glued it in place. This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point.

After attaching my Velcro and pulling off the backing piece I carefully pressed the seat in place. I was concerned if it would stick up on the edges but I don’t think that will be a problem, especially with being sat on regulary. This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point.

This is my finished stool top. This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point. This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point.

To fold it up you pull on the ring underneath the seat.This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point.

It’s a nice feature as it can be stored in a closet when not in use.This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point.

Before and after!This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point. This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point. This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point.

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