I found these wood bar stools on Craigslist for $50. Now that I've been doing more Craigslist lurking, I've realized that I can get better deals, but you live and learn. I have also been stopping at garage and yard sales when I see them. I think I'll be hitting the flea market soon as one of my coworkers says that he goes there every weekend and comes back with some awesome deals. I also have learned that you can get much better deals on fabric than what I got at Joann's for my speaker bench. There is a store called Home Fabrics right next to my office. I've always seen this store and never gone in. I had even wondered how they stayed in business. Well, let me tell you, IT IS A JEWEL. I was able to buy 6.5yd of fabric for $24 when at Joann's I got the fabric for my bench at $27 for 2.25yds. Highway robbery! Home Fabrics doesn't have any of the notions, zippers, or crafting items like Joann's, but if you need fabric, this is where you should go. I was practically skipping back to my office once I bought the fabric for my next project (haven't started that one yet). I felt robbed after realizing how much I've been spending at Joann's for fabric.
Anyway, back to the project.
|After much struggling, I was finally able to get all of the backs off of the stools. I then used a solution of bleach and water to spray the cushions down. I saturated the fabric pretty well since you never know what other germs or bugs people have.|
|I had spray painted the gold foot rail with a dark gray spray paint that I found in my parent's garage. I covered the bars fully with scrap paper and then proceeded to sand and paint the legs of the stools.|
|This is how nasty the cushions looked even after the bleaching. I've Scotch Gaurded all of my fabric for these projects.|
|Using my staple gun, I reupholstered the chair cushions. By this point it was starting to get dark and I was getting really tired and hungry. I stopped at this point to eat dinner.|
|On the second day I was able to put the backing on. For a more experienced DIYer, this whole project probably could have been done in a matter or hours. It took me about eight hours in total, but it was my first big project.|