Sunday, December 8, 2013

Reupholster Kitchen Bar Stools

The internet if full of fabulous people who have a great talent for redesigning, refinishing and repurposing furniture.  Well I want to be them when I grow up!  The projects I have done over the years generally turn out OK, but in the back of my mind I think there has to be a better way.  So why I took on this project….
Once upon a time, I bought two ugly kitchen bar stools.  They were plain, but functional, or so I thought at the time.  Little did I know how much they would get used.  These stools do not have padded seating and quickly become uncomfortable.  At Joann’s I saw a piece of fabric with color combinations and design I knew I should have in my house.  How do I incorporate it into my home and utilize Joann’s 50% off sale.  My ugly kitchen stools, of course.  Heading home with my great savings, 3” foam and my new favorite fabric,  I had visions of upholstering my ugly bar stools.
Choose your weapons….CHECK!
My WeaponsStools

Sand – CHECK!

  Stools 1st Coat

Primer – CHECK!

Foam Cut Edges

Cutting foam…..When cutting foam we started with a knife and quickly changed to our electric knife.  You can see the difference in the cut!

Learning to cut thick foam – CHECK!

Apply Foam to Stool Top

Spray adhesive to top of stool and bottom of foam – CHECK!


Attaching Fabric

Anchor the fabric with 4 staples – CHECK!

Fold fabric

Fold fabric and staple – CHECK, CHECK, CHECK!

Anyone know of an easy way to tuck corners?


Have to say I was extremely happy that these were done…..CHECK! 

For a first attempt the frustration level was high but we got it done!  The original paint color was lighter than I wanted, and of course, I did not want to pay $13.00 for another can of paint.  Lowe’s has the Valspar sampler size paint for $2.50 and they color matched the next darker color paint for me.  Love those guys and gals! 

After washing the darker color onto the stool, I sanded the edges to give it a distressed look, applied two coats of paste wax and now these stools are easy on the bum and make me smile when I see them.
Have a wonderful week and hope you get your Christmas shopping done!

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