DIY Farmhouse Style Bar Stools

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Have you ever started a DIY project, then another, then another and suddenly you have what seems like a zillion projects going at once? That about sums up my summer so far this year.

About a month ago I set out to do a budget kitchen makeover that included these DIY barstools and amid the chaos of painting our kitchen cabinets and finding newer stools for a steal- these stools got put on the back burner. But, I finally got around to finishing them this week and I am beyond thrilled with the outcome!

If you've been following along this little ol' bloggy blog for a while then you'll know I complete most of my room makeovers on a major budget! This kitchen was no exception. I wanted to do the whole things for less than $1,000 (actually hoping to keep it less than $500). Part of the original plan was DIY'ing this set of $10 barstools I found on FB Marketplace. Then, an even crazier deal came along and I decided to splurge on three new stools but I still wanted to complete these with the possibility of selling them or using them elsewhere in the house.

Without further ado, let's get to this project!

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This project had a few phases. Phase 1 was stripping down the stools to the bare wood. This step was chaos. I started using a paint stripper and it ended up causing more mess than anything. The original plan for these stools had always been to keep the bottom black and simply stain the seats but the spray paint stripper changed those plans.

Once the paint was all removed and the stools were sanded I tried a chalk paint spray paint that still wasn't giving me quite the bold look I was looking for. Finally, I realized I just needed to stick to the trusted Fusion Mineral Paint for this project. I was so much happier with the finish and color than the previous spray paint I tried. BONUS: It only needed one coat!

I decided I wanted to keep a 'vintagey' look with the stool seats so I didn't sand out all of the black paint on the seats. Once I had the look I was going for I simply stained the top with Minwax stain in Dark Walnut.

Then, I gave it a quick coat of polyurethane for protection. 

Once dry, I applied the vinyl stencil I made for the numbers on top. Once applied I began painting using Fusion Mineral Paint in the color Casement (I always have a pint of this on hand).

After a couple of coats, I removed the stencil and realized that one of the stools was less than perfect so I decided to distress them to match with the vintage theme and call it good!

So happy with how these cutie stools turned out!

I feel like you can find this type of wood stool at about every thrift store and possibly even the side of the road and I love what the details do here! So simple yet so fun!

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How have you transformed these types of barstools? Share you projects with me in the comments below!

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  1. Oh My Rebecca, they turned out gorgeous. Love the whole look. The dark legs and almost natural top, with all it's dings and bangs look so good together. And the stencil adds that extra bit of punch. Beautiful

    1. Thank you so much Michelle! It was such a fun project!

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