18th Jul2011


Trash to Treasure: Upcycled Bar Stools

by Dinah Wulf

Trash to Treasure: Upcycled Bar Stools

I have had these bar stools for oh about ten years. I have hated them for the last eight, but for some reason never threw them away. Even though it took me that long to actually like them again, I’m glad I kept them, as this blog has inspired me to update them.

These stools are very common. Even though they are so old, I still see them being sold in stores. Here is what I did to make these Upcycled Bar Stools.

After cleaning them with soap, water, and a sponge, I used a gray metallic spray paint to paint the legs. Spray paint quick and easy and cheap.

Tip: The Magic Eraser with water works very well to clean surfaces (it truly magically erases!).

For the seat cushions, you need your fabric of choice, a staple gun, scissors, and some type of filling. I used a polyester fiber fill, which is only about $2.99 a bag.

Measure your material, depending on your seat size.  I left about three inches on all sides.

Place the desired amount of fiber fill on top, and then the stool on top of that. Make sure you add a substantial amount of fiber fill to cushion the top.

Using a staple gun, pull the fabric taught and staple the fabric approximately a half an inch from the edge all the way around.

Trim off excess fabric with scissors as close to the staples as possible to avoid excess fabric hang when the stools are right side up.

Here are a few after photos.

Other Trash to Treasure Projects:

Upcycle Boring Wooden Bar Stools

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Dinah Wulf
Dinah is a craft, home décor, & DIY Blogger for www.diyinspired.com, an eco-friendly site promoting repurposing through reinvention. She has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from California State University Fullerton. Formerly an educator at CSUF and business owner, she now is a full time writer, Curator for Style Me Pretty Living, 3M DIY Expert, and a member of Martha’s Circle. She has blogged for multiple websites including Fix.com, Earth 911, Home Made Simple, and Sprout Online and has been published in a few magazines and ebooks. Her website, DIY Inspired has been recognized by Mashable, Parenting.com, and Buzzfeed.

3 Responses to “Trash to Treasure: Upcycled Bar Stools”

  • Crafty Mommy

    I have these exact same stools! I’m definitely going to try this. It seems easy enough! Thanks for the tips. Love your site.

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