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January 29, 2013

Betty Plays Fast And Loose With A Vintage Find

by Betty Crafter
If you’re like me, sometimes it can be really hard to decide to make a change to a vintage item. I mean, it survived 50+ years, and now you want to potentially ruin it? Because of this, I usually leave things in their original condition unless they’re virtually unusable. However, this little footstool inspired me to live on the wild side for once!
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It was a cute little stool as is and I probably would have left it alone even though the fabric was a little stained in spots, but then I noticed the piping that was visible through the fabric.
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Clearly there was something under this fabric! What could it be? I couldn’t feel a button in the middle, but maybe it was set down low enough to where I couldn’t feel it. What if there was something amazing under there that just didn’t match someone’s decor anymore so they decided to cover it up? My curiosity was getting the better of me. Sure, it’s possible I could end up with something TRULY unusable, but I could also win big with the footstool of my dreams! What if it was one of those terrarium footstools??
Ok, that’s it. I was definitely going for it.
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So I flipped it over, got out my trusty pliers, and started going to town ripping out ancient staples.
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When I got enough out to fold back some of the fabric to see what was underneath, I was getting pretty excited! A beautiful black/burgundy naugahyde was shining through at me. And there was that piping, looking pretty good so far! I anxiously ripped the rest out and flipped it over. What would I find??
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Oh. Bummer.
That was a risk that kind of backfired on me. No worry! I am a resourceful vintage gal. I just headed to my stash of vintage fabrics and pulled out a tooled naugahyde. It was just enough to replace the maroon cloth I had removed.
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You can still see that naughty piping underneath. I wonder if it will tempt someone else someday down the same path of disappointment I was?

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8 Responses to Betty Plays Fast And Loose With A Vintage Find

  1. sablemable Reply

    January 29, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Bettyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!! Good job! I’ve got a reupholstering project to do myself and am wondering, “what’s underneath this purple fabric?” Hope that I’m not horrified, LOL!

  2. Betty Crafter Reply

    January 29, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Sable, hopefully you’ll have better luck than I did and find something great under there!

  3. Andrea Reply

    January 30, 2013 at 1:12 am

    Too bad there wasn’t something better underneath, but your Naugahyde looks way better than that purple fabric!

  4. RetroRuth Reply

    January 30, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    I agree! The new cover looks way better, so I am glad you experimented to see what was underneath.

  5. Nina Reply

    January 30, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    What kind of animal is Naugahyde or Nauga?

  6. Betty Crafter Reply

    January 30, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Thanks guys! I thought the same thing – not all was lost!

  7. Sara In AZ Reply

    January 30, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Oh yeah, totally looks WAY better now!

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