Barstools can be expensive, and it seems there are always a million different styles—and as we all know, styles change quickly. This is why I chose to update my barstools, rather than spend more money on new ones. You can easily update your barstools in a weekend with a couple cans of spray paint and some fabric.
To begin with, my barstools were just plain metal with an industrial vibe. I loved that industrial vibe, but I wanted some more interest in them. I knew they could be better.
I wanted the seat to be contrasting but work well with the green, so I went for navy blue stripes.
Before spray painting the stools, I took the backrests off the bases and cleaned them well.
Each stool got two coats of Rust-Oleum spray paint in forest green and a clear gloss topcoat, also Rust-Oleum.
While the stools were drying, I went to upholstering the seats with white fabric. Once the stools were dry, I put the seats back on.
And where did those navy stripes come from, you ask? I didn't have any navy-and-white-striped material, so I taped off the seats and painted the navy stripes on.
Yes. I painted fabric.
And it worked perfectly.
It took about two and a half coats to get the blue evened out. I used a sample pot of regular latex paint I had.
I put Rub ‘N Buff along the bottom ring to add a pop of gold because I love gold and because gold is back, remember?
This makeover was simple, cheap and all completed in one weekend. You can see the full tutorial on how I updated my industrial-style barstools here.
What? You don’t have barstools like mine? Whatever will you do? I can tell you’re fretting.
Another barstool I updated was a regular, run-of-the-mill wooden barstool that can be purchased at any Walmart or Target. I used spray paint to spice it up as well.
First, I spray painted the bottom part of the legs and seat gold (imagine that—gold!).
After the gold was fully dry, I put plastic wrap and painter’s tape around the bottom of the legs and the seat. Then, I took Rust-Oleum’s aqua spray paint and sprayed the rest of barstool with that color.
Once the aqua was dry, I removed the plastic wrap and painter’s tape, then finished this one off with a clear gloss topcoat as well.
You can see the full tutorial on the blue and gold-dipped barstool here.
You don’t have to own barstools exactly like mine to give them a quick update. Spray paint is such a versatile tool that it can update anything easily, and reupholstering a seat cushion is no big deal.
And no—the painted seats have never left paint on our bums.
Check out more quick DIY projects here.
Jenna LaFevor rants on at Rain on a Tin Roof about DIY projects, junk décor, thrifty finds, crafty creations and other decorating dilemmas. She went to UTC, where she got a teaching degree that now collects dust. When she isn’t trying to keep her kid from climbing out of the circus ring or making sure her husband’s shirts are taken to the dry cleaners so she gets out of ironing, she can be found with a paintbrush in one hand and a cheap beer in the other. But if you’re buying, she’ll have a cosmopolitan. You can email her at email@example.com; or you can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter @raintinroofblog or at her blog. The opinions expressed in this column belong solely to the author, not Nooga.com or its employees.
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