Updating a Vintage Vanity Chair To Use For Child’s Desk

INSIDE: How to reupholster a vintage vanity stool. And use it as for kids bedroom decor.

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My daughter fell off her bike. Total accident on what was otherwise a relaxing, after dinner bike ride around the neighborhood. Many bandages later, we rallied the team together the next morning, filled their little bellies with some donuts and set off to a vintage market.


Because daddy was on duty during the accident prone bike excursion, he had a lot of guilt. So when he found a little vintage stool that was the perfect height for our daughter’s chair-less desk, he didn’t let his otherwise frugality get in the way of passing up this find.

This is how we brought this antique vanity stool into the modern day with spray paint and some vinyl fabric…
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The big ticket item my daughter asked for this past holiday was a desk. Apparently, her best coloring, diary writing and list making can only occur on a desk in her bedroom. So even though Santa came through, he didn’t bring anything for her to sit on. Fortunately, our morning at the vintage market took her from sitting on a doll case to now sitting in style.

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Supplies:
– Vanity stool
– Spray paint (this is a great paint + primer spray paint)
– Foam (used a high density upholstery foam)
– Laminated cotton fabric
– Staple gun

how to reupholster a vintage vanity chair or stool

I started the furniture re do project by taking apart the seat of the stool. With the seat separate, I gave the gold-painted metal a spray of bright teal.
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While the paint dried, I removed the original foam and fabric. With those vintage fabrics safely tossed away, I cut a piece of foam to fit the size of the seat.

I cut a circle of fabric, larger than the foam, to easily cover and wrap around the foam.

Check out another DIY home project using this same fabric
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Staple the fabric around the bottom of the seat, using a staple gun to secure.
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I love this updated antique vanity stool, perfect for a little girl who cannot wait to wear makeup someday! It looks great in her coral and teal bedroom. But most importantly, it makes her the little artist and fiction writer she wants to be!
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48 thoughts on “Updating a Vintage Vanity Chair To Use For Child’s Desk

  1. Keri says:

    Oh I’m so sorry your daughter had an accident on her bike. That was sweet of her daddy to buy her a lovely seat like this. I’m sure it’s something she will treasure, and the makeover you gave it is awesome.

  2. Anika says:

    Love what you did with this seat!! It is perfect!! I love the combination of the blue and orange..I am sure your daughter is going to love it for a long time!!

  3. Carol ("Mimi") says:

    So cute! The vanity chair is the perfect size. I love the turquoise with the fabric that you chose. So colorful and fun!
    P.S. I still have a few faint scars on my knees from falling off my bike onto gravel (many, many years ago).
    Carol (“Mimi”) from Home with Mimi

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