DIY Bar Stool Upcycle

DIY Bar Stool Upcycle {for under $8!} ~ from Our Cozy Den

In case you missed it, we’re in the middle of a big move right now! Being a military family, we move a lot, so we’re no strangers to change. But this is the first time we’ve ever sold AND bought a house at the same time. In addition, we are packing and moving ourselves (oh, how I miss Army packers!).

One of the many things that I’m excited about at our new house is the kitchen. Y’all, it has a bar. I’m envisioning many happy moments of kids sitting on the stools doing schoolwork while I cook, watching and/or helping me make dinner, or just hanging out and having a snack. We’ve never had a bar before!

When I started looking into purchasing some stools (I did the math on the measurements and decided that 3 would fit comfortably), I was surprised at the cost. And many of the ones I liked were sold in a set of TWO… so I began to get a bit dismayed. So I turned to Facebook for help! I put out a little post that said I was looking to purchase some secondhand bar stools if anyone had some, and my sweet cousin Mickey had exactly three that she said I could have for free!

DIY Bar Stool Upcycle {for under $8!} ~ from Our Cozy Den

Now, I wasn’t too thrilled at the look of them. They didn’t match my new kitchen at all! But I wasn’t about to turn down her generous offer. And I’m no stranger to DIY and crafting, so I knew I could spruce them up a bit!

Here are the materials I used:

Clear spray gloss – $3
Black spray paint x2 – $1 each, $2 total
Gel stain $2.50

DIY Bar Stool Upcycle {for under $8!} ~ from Our Cozy Den

If you don’t already have stencils, you can pick up some of those. I had these lovely ones that say “Faith”, “Hope”, and “Love” — from one of my favorite Bible verses. You could also freehand a drawing or use tape to make a striped/chevron pattern to save a few dollars here if you don’t have stencils.

DIY Bar Stool Upcycle {for under $8!} ~ from Our Cozy Den

First, you’ll want to sand down the stools thoroughly. I made the mistake of skipping that step and had to start over!

Then, start with the stencils. If it’s an intricate pattern like mine, use a glue stick to glue down all the little pieces. Tape it in place so it doesn’t scoot.

DIY Bar Stool Upcycle {for under $8!} ~ from Our Cozy Den

Then I taped a Walmart bag over it and ripped a hole to paint through, to protect the rest of the top.

DIY Bar Stool Upcycle {for under $8!} ~ from Our Cozy Den

After the paint dries, it’s time to paint the legs. I used one of those dish covers that looks like a shower cap to cover the top.

DIY Bar Stool Upcycle {for under $8!} ~ from Our Cozy Den

It protected it nicely and fit perfectly!

DIY Bar Stool Upcycle {for under $8!} ~ from Our Cozy Den

Then I painted the bottoms. Flip, turn, paint, flip, turn, paint. Do several coats to make sure you get it all coated evenly.

DIY Bar Stool Upcycle {for under $8!} ~ from Our Cozy Den

Once that was dry, it looked like this, with the tops still rough and unfinished-looking.

DIY Bar Stool Upcycle {for under $8!} ~ from Our Cozy Den

Now it’s time for the stain. This particular type of stain you brush on, and it looks like paint at first.

DIY Bar Stool Upcycle {for under $8!} ~ from Our Cozy Den

Then you wipe it off with a cloth.

DIY Bar Stool Upcycle {for under $8!} ~ from Our Cozy Den

See the difference one coat makes?

DIY Bar Stool Upcycle {for under $8!} ~ from Our Cozy Den

I did another coat to make it a bit darker. Then I did 3-4 coats of the gloss spray on the tops to make it shiny and a little more protected. And this is the finished product!!

DIY Bar Stool Upcycle {for under $8!} ~ from Our Cozy Den

I’d say the kids approve as well!

DIY Bar Stool Upcycle {for under $8!} ~ from Our Cozy Den

And it will look great in our new kitchen when we move in next week!

DIY Bar Stool Upcycle {for under $8!} ~ from Our Cozy Den

We can’t wait to start enjoying them!

DIY Bar Stool Upcycle {for under $8!} ~ from Our Cozy Den
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