Sunday, April 25, 2010

Bar stool transformation


I'm excited to share with you a project that's been on my mind for quite awhile. Back in February, I wrote a decorating dilemma I was experiencing. I had three excellent barstools--very sturdy, very comfortable--but very boring. After receiving lots of good advice, I decided that I should take the plunge and paint those babies. . . and I finally got it done.

Let's pause for a moment to reflect upon the incredible transformative powers of paint. Makes your heart swell just to think about it, doesn't it?

Here's one of the stools before:



And after:


I'm sorry for the poor lighting.  It's been rainy all week, but I just had to share my finished project!  Here's another look at the whole stool:



I spray-painted the stools with Rustoleum's Specialty Lacquer. This stuff has strong fumes, so you must use it outside, but it provides a beautiful finish. Then I distressed the edges by sanding with coarse sandpaper. The seats I reupholstered with fabric I found at my local discount fabric store--$7.99/yard.


A couple of close-ups of some of the distressing:




I am a happy girl. Here are all three of them:



In context in my kitchen (again, sorry for the bad lighting):




Now I have three excellent barstools--very sturdy, very comfortable--and not at all boring!  What do you think??

I'm linking to these wonderful parties:



50 comments:

Tammy@ A Doctor in the House said...

Wow! I'm in love with those chairs! Turned out great!

Tracy said...

Love it! They turned out so well! Great job!

Cyndi said...

Oh I like them!! They look so much better! And I love your kitchen.

Carmen said...

Oh, they turned out beautifully! And also the perfect contrast to the wood in your kitchen. I love that fabric.

randee said...

i had wanted you to paint them each a different color. glad you didn't listen, hah! they look great black. i love the back of them with the hole in the middle. i didn't pick up on that detail before.

Bonita said...

Wow! That's impressive! I always love looking at pictures of your kitchen.

I emailed you about something important. Did you get it?

Southern Lady said...

Wow, what a difference! I love the stools and I love your kitchen. Carla

Always Nesting said...

I am totally in love. They went from ho hum practical to magnificent!! Great job. You should link this to Woo Hoo! Wednesday this week. It's an awesome project.

susan said...

They looked as if someone waved a magic wand! You should have just let your boys "distress" them for you--boys are good at that :) Love your kitchen, especially that stove hood!

Judy @ In His Grip said...

Great transformation!

Terri said...

Great job!!!!!!!! So classy!!! Love it! Blessings! {Check my blog tomorrow... I might have something you like}

Terry said...

Bravo. I think black (is it black?) is perfect. Now they pop and the sleek color bring out the circles.

heidi @ wonder woman wannabe said...

nice work!!

southerninspiration said...

Richella, those look FABULOUS!!! I always love black and white anyway, but they are just gorgeous now!

Suzanne

tales from an oc cottage said...

Oh, so very fabulous!

m ^..^

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Yay, Richella!!! (jumping up and down and clapping hands) They look fabulous!!!!

DesignTies said...

Perfect choices in colour and fabric - a FAB transformation! Great work!!
Victoria @ DesignTies

Alyssa Barnett said...

The chairs look great!
I'm going to get myself some of that Rustoleum Specialty paint!

Alyssa
Lifeoflyssie.com

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

Those turned out absolutely beautiful! Love, the color, the distressing, and the fabric. And no...they are NOT at all boring!!!

Love you
~Amanda

Paula said...

They look wonderful! I love both the paint color and fabric that you used.

Allison Shops said...

The chairs turned out fantastic! Nice job. Everything looks lovely. Dropping by from BNOTP.

Allison
AtticMag

Melanie said...

Beautiful! I love the stools. I almost got those beadboard cabinets in my new kitchen in black. After seeing yours, I wish I would have.

The Vintage Attic said...

LOve the chairs, you did a fabulous job on them.
Hugs,
Melissa

Nadir @ Hodgepodge said...

Oh Richella these are just gorgeous! They look so elegant now. :-) I'm so glad they turned out so well for you. :-)

Lori said...

Your chairs are gorgeous! What a transformation. Good job!

Denise said...

I love these Richella, you did a great job. The black is very classy looking :-)

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

They look fantastic! Love your fabric choice and they look great in your kitchen. Fun to see your kitchen and dining room :).

Susan said...

Your bar stools look wonderful! Your kitchen is to die for!

Kimmy said...

They turned out great!! I really like the colors & fabric you chose.

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Great job!!! Loved how they turned out....your kitchen is beautiful by the way~

Anita @ Far Above Rubies said...

They are gorgeous! Love what you did, and glad I found your blog!!

Dawn said...

wow! you finished them! and they are beautiful. i love that fabric!

Holly said...

I'm so glad you went ahead and did them! They look fantastic!

Sandy@Life Began In A Garden said...

They turned out great, good job!

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Wow, Richella...such a beautiful change! I love the new paint finish and fabric...and they look perfect in your kitchen! This is so what Met Monday is allll about! Now I want to go paint something...Max had better run! LOL
:-)
Susan

Cathy said...

Wow! What a wonderful transformation! Definitely not boring anymore! They are beautiful! I adore the balck and the fabric is gorgeous! Well done!

Enjoy!
Cathy

Always Nesting said...

Woo Hoo! you linked those awesome barstools. I love those. I have two in my kitchen and I wish I could have seat covers but they are hard wood seats. Hmmm....

Thanks so much for joining the party at Woo Hoo! Wednesday. Your home is so beautiful and I'm so glad you enjoy sharing.

HeathahLee said...

LOVE THEM! What a transformation! You're right, they were boring at first, but now they're beautiful! (And I love your kitchen!)

Sailing Simply said...

Wow! That looks sooo good! You did a great job. Love the color and fabric you chose too. Just Beautiful!

kirstin & jordan said...

LOVE this... the fabric you chose is fabulous! Gotta love spray paint, right?
We have a friday fun finds party... we'd love it if you'd link to this! :)

Manuela@TPOH said...

Wow! Those chairs are so transformed they look like totally new ones! Good job! They really turned out well!

Manuela

Kerri said...

Your chairs turned out beautifully! I love the detail of the woodwork on the back of the chairs! I just posted on my blog today a chair that I got at a yard sale on Saturday for $1.00. I hope my redo looks 1/2 as good as yours!

Anita said...

You did a fabulous job! They look so different and they really stand out now. I love them in black!

Sue said...

AMAZING!!!! Well done..I am about to take the plunge next week and start painting a few things too YIKES!

Marie said...

Hello sweet Richella - I love what you did with your bar stools! The transformation is fabulous. Love the color choice and that fabric is perfect. Thank you for sharing!

Blessings,
Marie
http://emmacallsmemama.com

Love the Decor! said...

These are beautiful!! love love love the fabric you chose too!!!

Megan @ polishthestars.com said...

I love the fabric that you chose! Your kitchen is amazing. Looks like something from a magazine!

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick said...

I am SWOONING over that kitchen! Gorgeous!! The chairs look pretty fab too. ;) Love ya girl!

Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com said...

I love it! That black looks awesome! I recently painted my barstools black too. Such a classic color. Your kitchen is beautiful!

Thanks for linking up to CSI!

XOXO
Jen

Traci@ Beneath My Heart said...

Richella,

Those chairs turned out fabulous! They look great in your beautiful kitchen. :)
Thanks for linking to my party. :)
Blessings!

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