Thursday, August 29, 2013

Craft room bar stool makeover

 
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I hinted a few weeks ago that my hubby built a new craft table for me and I'm redoing my craft room/office. I'm not yet ready to reveal the table because we assembled it in place in the room and I've got to finish the rest of the room before taking photos.
 
I can share my new stool that I redid to go with the table. The table is counter height so I needed a bar stool for the times I want to sit and work.
 
 
I picked up one in good shape at a local thrift shop. Here's the before:

 
It was still in good shape as is, but I wanted something fun and bright to go with my table.  So I cleaned it, painted it with some left over paint from the table project, and then put a new seat on it.


The paint was a flat interior. The Home Depot associate recommended that I go with flat paint since I was putting a polycrylic coat on top of the table. The hubby hated that stuff when he did the table, so I started with polyurethane as a top coat for the stool. It turned yellow. So, I had to sand it off and repaint. I won't go any further into the nightmares we've had with topcoats on the projects for this room redo, but I'll say it's been a learning curve. To give my stool some protection and shine, I went with a top coat of Johnson's paste wax.
 
I went to Joann's to look at outdoor or upholstery fabric. Ouch- that stuff is expensive. I searched throught the remnant bin (50% off) and found a 1/2-yard piece that is a perfect fit for the colors I'm using in my room.
 
I also got a sheet of 2 inch foam. I removed the leather cover from the seat by pulling out the staples on the back. I used the old foam as a template for the new foam and for the fabric. I cut the fabric circle about six inches larger.
 
I adhered the new foam with spray adhesive. Then I stapled a layer of quilt batting over that, and then stapled on my fabric. I made little pleats and tucks at each leg to fit the circle. The seat part was really easy. I didn't do any sewing. I treated the edges with fray check since I left them raw on the underside.

 
Here's a look at that fun fabric.  I'm in love with my new stool.


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9 comments:

  1. A little paint and color and amazing how it can turn out....nice job.

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  2. How cute! I'd love for you to link it up on my blog for my DIY Weekend link party.

    http://mrandmrswinslett.blogspot.com/2013/08/diy-weekend-829.html

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  3. Very bright and cheery! I do love the fabric! I re-did an old stool this week to0 - it was a simple fix to make it look nicer - but my stool is not so sturdy (LOL!). Have a great week, Julia

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  4. Great update! Don't forget to link up to The DIY'ers. http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-diyers-27.html

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  5. This is such a cute idea! I love the fabric you used! I"m co-hosting Tell Me Tuesday this week and you should come link up with us at www.craftdictator.com!!

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  6. Such a cute makeover!! I love the fabric you chose:) I would be thrilled if you have the chance to share this at our new mega-party Work it Wednesday - it goes live tomorrow morning at 7am PST. Each link will be shown on 4 blogs! The Happy Housie, The Blissful Bee, The Turquoise Home, and My Place for Taste:) Work it Wednesday. Hope to see ya there!

    - Krista @ the happy housie

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  7. Very cute! I like that fabric too! Thanks for linking it up at Monday Funday!

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  8. What fun fabric! I always check the remnants before I leave a craft store! ;) Yay for a craft room! Thanks for sharing at Show & Share!

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