How to Upcycle a Piano Stool

how to make an upcycled piano stool

A lovely DIY project for you from Stacey at the Upcycle Bandwagon. I have had a few piano stools over the years and this is a simple way to make the stool lovely again. It could be used for a range of purposes other than sitting to play! Here is how to upcycle a piano stool.
Helen x

stool before

how to make an upcycle piano stoolUpcycled Piano Stool

A friend gave me this piano stool she had bought in country NSW, which she thought I could do something with….I wish I had a piano! But that is the beauty of upcycling, especially with furniture, it doesn’t have to serve the purpose it was originally made for.
I’ve reupholstered and painted this one and at the moment it sits in my entrance way as a small hall stool. It would also make a great addition to a bedroom as an occasional stool or even an ottoman at the end of the bed (you could cut the legs to make it slightly lower). Or of course leave it as a lovely piano stool – the choice is all yours.
Here is what you will need:

  • 1.5 meters of fabric – upholstery fabric is obviously the best type of fabric for the job but as this isn’t a piece that will be sat on a lot in my house I have chosen a thick cotton fabric instead (also I loved the fishes)
  • Staple gun
  • Chalk paint (any colour you like)
  • Sealer (I used hemp oil on this one but you could also use wax or polyurethane)

1. You need to remove the seat from the legs of the piano stool. It should just be a matter of unscrewing it from underneath.
2. Give the legs a clean with soapy water and dry off then paint them with chalk paint (I did two coats). Once dry seal in hemp oil or sealer of choice.
3. Remove the old material and staples from the seat so you are left with the rubber foam cushion. A staple remover would come in handy here but if you don’t have one you could use the head of a flat screwdriver as I did.
4. Lay out your fabric (it’s a good idea to iron it first) on a hard surface like the kitchen table and place the seat on top. Cut your fabric around the seat leaving a good allowance of about 8cm so you have enough fabric to fold around the seat to secure underneath.
5. Ok time to start stapling – you want to staple in the centre of each long edge first, then work your way to each corner stretching/pulling the fabric as you go. On the corner you need to make a pleat by stapling the middle of the corner then folding in each side over the top.
6. Now your seat is finished you can attach it back to the legs with same screws you removed earlier and you’re done!
Use it your home however you like….and remember you don’t need a piano to have a piano stool in your home!
Happy upcycling
Stacey xxupcycled piano stool 4 upcycled piano stool 1


  1. Kirstyn Rundle on March 15, 2016 at 7:23 am

    Eliza Cottle xx

  2. Frances Classen on March 15, 2016 at 8:33 am

    Excellent idea, I do have an old piano stool so think I will do this U0001f60a

    • Helen Edwards on March 20, 2016 at 4:57 pm

      would love to see what you do!

  3. Patricia Anderson on March 22, 2016 at 10:05 am

    I Agree!

  4. Patricia Anderson on March 22, 2016 at 10:08 am

    And one more, for good measure!

  5. Peter White Bespoke Furniture on March 22, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    Love the fabric.

  6. Amity Devereux on March 22, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    LOVE the fabric

  7. Recycled Interiors on March 23, 2016 at 6:49 am

    Isn’t it lovely

  8. Jennifer Downey on July 25, 2017 at 3:10 am

    I adore this fabric, could you please tell me where you got it?

    • Helen Edwards on August 14, 2017 at 7:43 am

      sorry hun not sure but it is lovely!

  9. Nunu T on April 14, 2018 at 6:48 am

    Just bought one exactly the same! I’m turning it into a mini Vanity stool – lift the seat to reveal a mirror and compartments for cosmetics, palettes and brushes! Can’t wait to get started! 😁

    • helene on April 17, 2018 at 7:34 am

      oh that sounds amazing!! would love to see it

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