Wednesday, January 6, 2010

From Drab to Fab!

So, my son tipped himself over on one of our bar stools and broke it. As you can see, I have decided that it isn't worth buying brand new furniture just to have one of my rough and tumble boys break it. So, I have decided that refinishing is for me. And my husband LOVES it when I spray paint in the garage:)

So, here is what I did. I took these adorable barstools that I purchased from our local thrift store. I took the cushion off the top. I lightly sanded the wood. I used spray paint primer to prime the wood. Then I spray painted them a fun color of green. Then I removed... or rather had my husband remove the old fabric from the cushion. I bought some cheap plain white fabric to cover the cushion and used my staple gun to attach it to the cushion. I screwed the cushion back onto the chair. Super easy!!
But, wait, it's not covered with cheap white fabric! It's covered with this adorable fabric from Hobby Lobby (which right now if my all time favorite fabric). Well, that's because I have 3 boys. And I knew that fabric would get dirty. so, I made the cover removable so that I could wash it!!! What I did was I sewed elastic around the end so that I could easily remove it. (seriously, I had started a tutorial for you, but then I forgot to keep taking pictures.... sorry.)
I've already had to wash them and I'm super glad I made the covers removable. I'm going to make a cover for a bench by our dining table and I've got to figure out how to incorporate more of this fabric into my kitchen.



  1. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!!! I especially love the green...someday when I have a house/home of my own I have always wanted to do a green kitchen, and those are super cute! I do also love the fabric - can't wait to see more!

  2. Can I request a tutorial - how you make your own cording..

  3. Love these! You're really talented when it comes to re-dos on furniture.

  4. You are so good at everything! Good job. They look great.

  5. these are so cute, I am wondering how to make some covers for my dining room chairs that are removable any tips would be wonderful