Monday, February 17, 2014

DIY Repurposed Barstools

To accompany the BEAUTIFUL new island that Renaissance made for our kitchen, I have been searching for some fabulous bar stools. Alas, I failed to find any that I really loved within a reasonable budget. 

Sorry, Pottery Barn. I can't pay you $150 for {a} bar stool.

Regrettable... kind of?... Nah.

In answer to the dilemma, we decided to try our hand at making our own set.

You see, we have this friend who has an amazing warehouse full of unused things.

While  climbing  perusing through the warehouse one day, we happened upon dozens of battered stools that had once been owned by a local bar.

Renaissance's thought? 


So, we brought the lads home and they went from black to white with a fresh coat of paint.

Following that, I gathered my supplies:

- 1 yard upholstery fabric
- Package of upholstery foam
- Staple Gun
- Staples

Following the coat of paint, I measured the top. We knew that we wanted a thicker look that wrapped below the seat. I then cut my foam and fabric pieces. The size will depend on the size of your seat. 

The top of our lads was 12x12 , so I cut my foam that size and my fabric to 16x16 inches.

Starting with the first lad, I placed a piece of foam on top, then centered the fabric on top of that. I then went to work stapling the fabric underneath around the corners.

From there, I pulled down the side pieces to the underneath, found the correct tautness and stapled the fabric to the back of each side.

I think that they turned out really well! We've been using them for a few months now and they fit into our new kitchen beautifully!

{Sorry. My bad. This is a picture of the side.
The front and back of the stool have the chevron running sideways!}

Do you have a favorite DIY project? I would love to hear about it!

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