Today’s guest post is from my friend Liz, over at E.Louise. Her blog is always full of great posts, and I love reading along. When Liz told me she wanted to write a post about her recent bar stool makeover, I was very excited because they are GORGEOUS. Seriously. I’m obsessed. Check it out, and be sure to visit her blog if you get a chance!
For many months now, my husband and I have been undergoing the task of making our home more “home-y”. I think really this was my idea because I was trying to weed out items that screamed “bachelor pad”, but it has become a nice way for us to bond and we both enjoy spending time in a home that reflects both of us (as opposed to one of us).
One of the projects I decided to tackle, is redoing two bar stools (that my husband has owned since we started dating…. a long time):
Now, they’re not bad, but they could be so much better. After searching endlessly online (that obviously did not exist), I finally decided that it would be cheaper just to give them a quick makeover rather than buying something brand new. I was thinking a dark brown/ espresso finish with a great fabric- and that was where I got stuck. Until I saw this:
|Dwell for Robert Allen via Laura Casey Interiors|
Grey + Brown. I love this color combination and I never would have thought to pair them both together before seeing the above picture.
To start this project, I first removed the straw seat from the stool. I then sanded each stool until the top glossy coat was removed, and then I wiped them both down with a wet rag. Once dry, I used Rustoleum spray paint in satin, espresso brown. It took approximately two cans of spray paint for each bar stool. This is the first time I have used spray paint, and the consistency of the paint definitely took some getting used to.
For the seat, I decided to use the same fabric shown in my inspiration photo. I also purchased a foam square and package of quilt batting.
I used a hot glue gun to adhere the foam square to the top of the seat. I then attached the quilt batting to the seat with a staple gun.
I started at opposite edges of the bar stool seat and stapled from the middle out, leaving room on the end to fold the corners. I repeated this step with opposite to edges.
I cut a square out of the Dwell fabric that was about 3 inches larger than the bar stool seat and used the same method for attaching it to the stool. For the corners I folded them as shown below (a little different from the quilt batting because the heavier fabric creased more).
Finally, I cut out a square of fabric that was a little smaller than the bar stool seat and hot glued it to the bottom of the seat:
For the time being I hot glued the bottom of the seat to the spray painted bar stool, but I will probably provide additional reinforcement with a some nails. Voila!
I am really happy with the way they turned out! I think I will definitely be on the look out for more pieces to make-over as an alternative to buying brand new.
Do you prefer used furniture to new?