When we were working on my parents’ living/dining room project and had finally gotten to the end, I was so happy. It was all that I dreamed of and more! There’s just no substitute for the feeling that comes from Doing-It-Yourself!
However, inevitably, as with any room makeover, there will always be unforeseen problems.
It’s just the nature of the beast.
At the start of the project, I had high hopes for making 2 dining chairs into 2 small stools that would flank the console on the back living room wall.
Here’s the inspirational photo.
But when the chair frame broke, we had to change gears and ultimately used the chairs’ legs to create a new end table which I love!
The little table was great but left me with 2 empty spaces where the stools were supposed to go and we were out of time and out of money. My gut said we had come too far to leave it feeling unfinished so I started thinking about biting the bullet and just buying 2 new stools. I found these little crossed legs stools on Overstock that would do the trick, but at $150 a piece I wasn’t feeling it!
Seeing the crossed legged stool reminded me of an outdoor Ikea stool my parents had from a couple of years ago and wasn’t really in use anymore. I found it and BAM I was in business again! It was beat up but that was no problem because it still functioned.
Poor little neglected fellow!
After doing a bit of research I found out it was called the Applaro Wood Stool and cost about $25. Lucky for me they were still in stock at Ikea so I rode out there to pick an extra one up! 2 stools check!
The process of making the stools look ‘new’ and ‘indoor’ was done in 3 simple steps and on the cheap! I had these two cushions from a leftover bench that I was going to use to make the original stools. But when the chair frames broke they went into the garage. I am so happy I didn’t throw them away!
Here’s the breakdown of the transformation.
Sand and paint the stools. We did a light hand sanding with 150 grit sandpaper to rough up the wood so that the paint would stick to the stools’ surface. Then we painted them with the same color spray paint we used for the hutch to ensure a uniform color.
We sprayed on 2 coats with an hour of dry time between each one (it was hot and sunny with a nice breeze that day so they dried fairly quickly). The most important piece here is to make sure you get an even coverage of all the stools. There were many little nooks and crannies so getting a second pair of eyes to catch any missed spots would be helpful.
*Do this while the stools are drying!* The cushions were in fantastic shape. They just needed to be reupholstered. I found this curtain panel at Big Lots for $15 and the fabric was exactly what I wanted for both color and pattern.
To reupholster the cushions, I cut the curtain fabric to size, wrapped it much the way you’d wrap a present, and stapled it with my staple gun to keep the fabric in place. You can pick up a staple gun at your local Walmart, Home Depot, or Lowes along with the staples.
After the paint was completely dry, we screwed the newly upholstered cushions to the freshly painted stools
We flipped them over and just like that, we were done!! Including the dry-time this project was under 4 hrs and cost us under $50! Soooo worth it!
They were exactly what the room needed and we couldn’t be happier with the result.
Use these little guys to fill an empty space like we did or change the fabric and use them for kid-seating. How bout as a foot rest at the end of your bed? Or basically anywhere you might need extra seating! A bonus is they fold up for easy storage!