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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  1. Wow! Jordan, those sure are gorgeous. That finish really sets them off. I like how they are showing that natural "raw" wood look lately. You are right how the chairs and the pear window warm up the space. Just said a prayer for you and your mom that God heals your hearts and holds you in His everlasting arms. Amen. God bless you.

  2. Jordan, I'm sorry to hear about your dad. He seemed like a hard-working, caring man who obviously loved spending time with you. I hope your joint house projects will be a lasting reminder of his love. I hope your mom's move and transition go smoothly.

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