Barnyard Rustorations
Barnyard Rustorations
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Blue Jean Bar Stools


I needed a set of bar stools for my Mancave and wanted something different that I hadn't seen before. Really had no idea in mind but when I saw these pop up on craigslist something just hit me as to what they could be.
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Just your basic run of the mill counter stools with ugly worn vinyl seats and backs and a stained wood finish. Ugly but built well and durable! $10 ea for a set of four. Perfect!
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Separated the seats and backs from the chair.
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Bought some denim from Walmart and wrapped the seats. No different than wrapping a present, just use staples instead of tape. I left the vinyl on as these will probably be getting spilled on so it makes a good barrier.
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For the backs you'll have to forgive me as the picks I took were somehow lost. :( Anyways, I took some of my old jeans and cut them like you would if you were making shorts out of them - but cut the crotch straight across also. Then turned em inside out and hand sewn the top edge. Turn them right side out and slip over the seat backs and pull tight! Sewing the bottom is the hardest part but a loop needle worked rather well. My daughters $100 pair of buckle jeans (above) was a lot easier to sew than my Levi's!
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Painted the stools with a satin latex colonial red paint as I wanted a contrasting color for all the old wood in the cave. The backs are just screwed right back where they were with wood screws and finished off with wood plugs.
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And there you have it! Different, functional and comfy!
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Hope you like this easy do it yourself project!
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I even put a cell phone in the back pocket of my daughters jeans as that's where it's always at and put a wallet, pocket knife, receipts, etc in various other pockets just for fun.

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1 question
  • Nancy Berlingeri
    on Nov 3, 2018

    Don't understand what you mean by "cut the crotch straight also"

    • Suzanne L
      on Mar 17, 2019

      Put a ruler across the legs just above the crotch and cut all the way across from one side seam to the other. You end up with a very short skirt to slide over the top of the stool back.

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  • Joanie
    on Jun 23, 2017

    Could you use the pockets to pull the chairs out??? I love your clever idea!! Good ole' denim., NEVER goes out of the loop!!!
  • Gina
    7 days ago

    Great idea. I’ve been saving my husbands old jeans for patches but like this better.

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