DIY Bar Stool Makeover

Remember these bar stools we bought for $40 each at the flea market in Round Top?

I loved the classic design, but I didn't like the cherry finish and the plastic-y toile seat cushions. Once we finally had a free weekend, we decided to refinish these chairs.

I'm not going to gloss over this part and act like it was easy. It wasn't.  It's SO tedious. It felt like it took forever to sand these chairs. The inside of those circle designs? Nightmare. I can't really complain because the husband did 75% of the sanding work, but still.  Sometimes refinishing furniture just isn't very fun.

We had some grey-ish stain left over from other projects, so we used it to give the chair a grey wash. It was already so much of an improvement. Then we reupholstered the seats with some leftover geometric fabric.

Ahhhh. So. Much. Better.

We had one chair done for about a month, and this past weekend we finally got around to finishing the other one.

I'm actually surprised at how well they turned out. If I saw these in Home Goods, I would definitely want to buy them. Then again, the bleached wood with geometric blue fabric is a combo I will fall for every single time.

I really like how the wood finish of the bar stools ties into my special pear window mirror above the sink. They both add a certain warmth to the kitchen that makes it feel so cozy.

If you're shopping for bar stools, here's my advice: Get a stool with a foot rest. It's so much more comfortable. I didn't really understand that element until I upgraded to these bar stools. Now I can sit at my kitchen peninsula and work all day without my knees getting stiff. Thumbs up to that!

What have you been working on lately? We have several projects in the works. My mom will be moving in with us in a month or so, and we're giving her two of our guest rooms so she can have both a bedroom and a living space. We're working on painting those rooms, adding crown moulding and recessed lighting so they can be really nice for her. We don't know how long we'll be in this living arrangement, but I want her to be as comfortable as possible. Our life has changed a lot in the past six weeks, and we need to adapt our house to this new living situation. I'll keep you posted on those projects as we go along.

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And then some.

Before he died suddenly in a car accident about a month ago, my dad listened as his pastor urged his fellow Christians to live an “and then some” type of life.

What does it mean to live an “and then some” life? The pastor described that as Christians, we should strive to “always do what is expected, and then some.”

After my dad went to be with the Lord, that same pastor came to our home to comfort us. My mom told him that my dad had loved that sermon so much and couldn't stop talking about it! We laughed, and we cried. Of course our dad loved that message: That was how he lived his life every single day.

My sweet mom and dad, while they were dating in college. Handsome couple, no?

Don Bostic had been living an “and then some” life long before he heard that sermon, dedicating himself to helping others whenever he could. He never knew how to do anything halfway, and he showed his love for others through selfless acts of service.

My dad playing for the Florida Gators, circa 1975

We have been inspired by our dad to live an “and then some” life. We created these simple rubber bracelets as a daily reminder to go the extra mile, like Dad would have done. If the "and then some" life is an idea you can get behind and you'd like a bracelet, please send me an email with your address to jgrantham106@gmail.com. I would love to spread this message near and far with this bracelet!
Matthew 5:41 reads, "If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles." Can you imagine how beautiful this world would would be if we all added the "and then some" to everything we did? If we placed others before ourselves? If we looked for opportunities to help one another instead of looking the other way?

My dad, always the workhorse, helping Scott install tile in the den.

Daddy's girl

Ever since he left us, I have wanted to talk about my dad. I guess everyone copes differently, and I immediately wanted to tell people about him - what he was like, what he taught me, his ridiculous addiction to Mountain Dew Slurpees, his Jersey Boys cell phone ringtone - I love the memories I have with my dad. If you'd like to read the eulogy I delivered at his memorial service, I posted it to my personal Facebook page.

Thank you for being so patient and kind with me this past month. It means so much.

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