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Outdoor Footrest Makeover

Hi everyone and welcome back to my blog.  I am so glad you are here.  Today is another one of my favorites posts of the month.  It’s Thrift Store Challenge day.  Yaay!  I have had this guy in my garage for about two years so I am happy to get it out of there and onto the back patio where it belongs.  Today, I am showing my outdoor footrest makeover.  

I can’t even remember where I got this but I think it was a garage sale for $3.50.  I knew I could give it a new life so I decided this was the perfect time of year for it.  My patio is looking nice and I have been adding pops of color with rejuvenated painted planters and of course, flowers!  If it would ever stop raining I would love to spend some quality time back there sitting and enjoying our short summer season.  I do go out each week and weed and clean up but that is work…not relaxation.  LOL!   I hope you like my outdoor ottoman makeover.  It was a fun project and will be nice to have.  I think the outdoor kitties will like it too!  


Colorful outdoor ottoman with a bright, flowered cushion made from a vinyl tablecloth  

Thrift Store Challenge


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  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
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  • There’s no budget to stick to.

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Outdoor Footrest Makeover

As I mentioned earlier this little footrest has been in my garage for a couple of years tucked away under the indoor catio for the outdoor cats.  It has been out of sight…out of mind.  When I was searching my sea of thrift projects I found it and thought this is the perfect time to makeover this ottoman and have it in the backyard patio space to put my feet up while I relax.  

So, I got it out and tried to clean it as best I could.  


The outdoor ottoman before the project begins. An old dirty cream colored cushion with black metal legs.


This is the poor thi thang before I started.  

Before I get into the steps I took to re-cover it I want to give you the materials list and some printable instructions.  

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Below the printable instructions you will find the step by step instructions with photos.


Outdoor Footrest Makeover

Outdoor Footrest Makeover

This cute outdoor ottoman or footrest is perfect for relaxing on the deck or backyard patio space. It is comfy and somewhat waterproof! There is a vinyl tablecloth cover to protect in a light rain.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Active Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $15 - $20



  • Screwdriver
  • Paint brush - Foam Brush
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Sharpie


  1. Clean off the ottoman.
  2. Using a screwdriver, remove the legs from the seat (save the screws and nuts)
  3. Paint the metal legs. Mine needed 3 good coats to cover the black.
  4. Cut the foam piece to the size of the seat. Mine was 16 x 16 inches. I cut 2 inches off of two sides. You can mark the sides with a sharpie marker
  5. Cut the tablecloth into the pieces needed to re-cover the seat cushion. I cut 1 piece 17x17 to allow for 1/2 inch seam allowance. Then I cut 4 pieces each that measured 17x6 inches. These are for the sides.
  6. Placing one side piece at a time right sides together, stitch along the edges to create a seam. Continue with all four sides.
  7. Matching right sides together, stitch the small side seams to form a corner seam. Continue for all four corners. Set this cover piece aside.
  8. Remove the old cover from the seat and what you can of any foam or debiis.
  9. Glue the new foam piece onto the seat and use some heavy books to hold it down until the glue is set.
  10. Add the cover to the foam gluing each side as you go.
  11. Wrap the extra vinyl tablecloth fabric around the bottom and glue it down so it looks neat.
  12. Re-punch the holes for the screws.
  13. Add your freshly painted legs back on with the screwdriver.
  14. Enjoy!


Step 1:  Clean off your footrest

Your garage is probably much cleaner than mine so maybe this step isn’t as important to you but for me it really needed to be done.  I swept if off and dusted it to be free from cobwebs.  


The outdoor ottoman before the project begins. An old dirty cream colored cushion with black metal legs.


Step 2:  Remove the legs for painting.  

I used a screwdriver to remove the screws and take the legs off.  The white rubber feet were removed and I saved all of these things to put back on later.

At first I wanted to spray paint them but I decided to use the Outdoor Living paint to match my painted planters.


The old black legs ready for the yellow paint.



Harvest yellow Outdoor Living paint.


After the legs were painted and back onto the ottoman I added the white rubber feet back on.


The yellow metal legs with the white rubber stops at the foot of each leg.


Step 3:  Make the new cushion

First I removed the old cover and got rid of it.  Then I started by measuring the size of the cushion and cutting the foam piece.  It needed to be 16×16.  I had purchased an 18×18 foam piece so I  marked 2 inches off of 2 sides and cut it with my scissors.


Cutting two inches off two of the sides of the foam to make it a 16 x 16 square piece.


My cutting could have been a little neater but it didn’t matter!

Next I moved onto the tablecloth or my fabric.  I needed a top cover piece and 4 sides so I cut a 17 x 17 piece for the top. This allowed for a 1/2 inch seam allowance all the way around.  The four side pieces were 17 x 6 inches each.


Vinyl tablecloth pieces for sewing the cushion One piece 17x17 inches, and 4 pieces 17 x 6 inches each.


I laid each side right sides together and stitched them one by one.  The picture below is just showing the side pieces with right sides together.  


Showing the side pieces over the main 17x17 piece right sides together for stitching.


This is how it looked when I was done sewing it up.


New cover cushion for the outdoor footrest.


The foam was glued onto the seat before adding the new cover.


The cut to size foam piece on top of the seat.


Once the cover was added, I glued the sides the pulled the cover over each side.


Adding glue to the sides of the metal and foam seat.


Then I wrapped it around and glued it on the underside of the seat.



Tucking in the corners and gluing them down helped to create a clean look.


Shows the underside of the top cushion. It is rusty and old with the new vinyl table cloth covered and glued on the edges.


Step 4:  Putting it back together

All I had to do now was poke new holes in the fabric where the screws fit back in and reattach the legs.


Add the legs back onto the covered cushion . The old screws and nuts were added back on.


Easy peasy!


Screwing the newly painted metal legs onto the recovered bright flowered cushion.


I think it looks pretty cute in my back yard but now all of my black furniture seems boring and dull.  The footrest really stands out next to it.


Colorful ottoman in the patio with a tray, water and an upcycled vase with daisies.



Close up shot of the finished ottoman. This picture shows the side view with the new legs on that side.


Colorful ottoman in the patio with a tray, water and an upcycled vase with daisies.


I just love it and it adds another pop of color into this outdoor space.  What do you think?


Colorful ottoman in the patio with a tray, water and an upcycled vase with daisies.


It may not last a couple of seasons but it was budget friendly and I can easily remove the legs to recover it again if I want to.  I am excited to have it finished and can’t wait to get outside to use it.  


I am loving this finished ottoman makeover for our backyard patio space.



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Shirley Wood

Monday 1st of July 2019

What a fun thrift find and I love the bright colors for your makeover!


Tuesday 2nd of July 2019

Thank you Shirley. These colors are so fun in the patio by the catio. LOL!

Our Hopeful Home

Saturday 29th of June 2019

Love your pattern choice, so fun and summery! Great job:) xo Kathleen


Tuesday 2nd of July 2019

Hi Kathleen! Thank you. I do love the brightness of it and it is really comfy.


Friday 28th of June 2019

Love the yellow paired with that fabric!


Friday 28th of June 2019

Thank you Angie. I debated on the legs for a long time. My other furniture is black so I thought they should remain black but my purpose for this was to add color so I am glad I used the yellow!

Marie | DIY Adulation

Friday 28th of June 2019

I love the bright colors on this! Yes, the outdoors is beautiful but I vehemently believe that everything can use even more color. Now I want to makeover my deck furniture! Thanks for the awesome inspiration!


Friday 28th of June 2019

I am so glad you like the colors. It is so fun to add the pops of color.

Heather Northington

Friday 28th of June 2019

This came out so cute! I love that tablecloth, it is so tropical and perfect for summer! Nice upcycle


Friday 28th of June 2019

Thanks Heather. I was happy to find a cute tablecloth I could use. I should make some pillows or something to go with it.

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