Krosiepowers
Krosiepowers
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Cafe Castaways Become Beachy Bar Stools

$75
Easy

These stylish stools cost me less than $20 each--makeover and all!
This post is another cottage kitchen project, and it follows up to last week's Banquette Table Makeover. If you read that post, you'll remember that due to space constraints, our kitchen peninsula was UNUSED before our kitchen mini-renovation. Adding the banquette gave us the space we needed to finally utilize some counter stools.
Which leads me to the counter stool saga...
cafe castaways became beach bar stools, painted furniture, reupholster
Now that I finally had the space, I just had to find the stools! But that proved much more difficult than one might think. Although I spent plenty of time drooling over adorable bar stools online and in magazines and catalogs, we were in the midst of a renovation, so the budget was SUPER-TIGHT. I couldn't just order up stools at well over $100 a piece! And when my (many many many) Craigslist searches also came up empty, I had to resort to other thrifty means. And that's when I discovered a virtually unknown little flea market (which has since gone out of business, tear tear).
cafe castaways became beach bar stools, painted furniture, reupholster
Ta da! A beauty, right?! Black metal stool, doggie print.... Well, so maybe it wasn't exactly the look I was going for. But my DIY side saw the potential of a simple makeover. It all came down to one factor: MONEY. Aaaaand the price, you ask? $35 for ALL FOUR stools! Apparently they had come from a cafe in a neighboring town. Now, how could I pass that up?!
cafe castaways became beach bar stools, painted furniture, reupholster
I brought them home, took off all the cushions, and spray-painted the bodies of the stools a nice white (forgot to take pics-sorry!). Then I recovered the cushions in a "beachier" fabric.
cafe castaways became beach bar stools, painted furniture, reupholster
I used a staple gun to apply the new medium-weight home decor fabric. The fabric has held up well to (a lot of) spot cleaning, and the kiddos love the lobsters!
cafe castaways became beach bar stools, painted furniture, reupholster
I reattached the cushions to the stools--it only took a few screws--SO easy to do. No sewing, and only tools needed for the cushion revamp were a screwdriver and a nail gun!
cafe castaways became beach bar stools, painted furniture, reupholster
And there's the finished product.
cafe castaways became beach bar stools, painted furniture, reupholster
A quick before and after...
cafe castaways became beach bar stools, painted furniture, reupholster
Stools from above (can you picture what an 8.5 month pregnant lady looked like taking that shot with a camera?!).
cafe castaways became beach bar stools, painted furniture, reupholster
And finally, we have a totally practical, usable kitchen space for our family!
cafe castaways became beach bar stools, painted furniture, reupholster
This pic (above) gives a sense of how much space we gained between the kitchen table and the peninsula space. It gives us so many options about where to enjoy meals, snacks, and projects!
cafe castaways became beach bar stools, painted furniture, reupholster
Here's the angle from the other side of the room...
cafe castaways became beach bar stools, painted furniture, reupholster
And that's about it! It was really an incredibly simple project. Here was the final cost breakdown:
Chairs = $35
Paint = $20
Fabric = $20
Grand Total = $75 or about $19/stool!
cafe castaways became beach bar stools, painted furniture, reupholster
Check out my blog post for some more before pics and other details (including how I narrowly avoided a major blowout with the hubby)!

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2 questions
  • Peggy
    on Jan 17, 2016

    Do these chairs swivel ???Beachy Bar Stools

  • Hbg13285396
    on Dec 17, 2016

    What are your counter tops and color? Love the look. Thanks for posting.

    • Krosiepowers
      on Dec 19, 2016

      Hi! The countertops are from ikea, and we stained them and sealed them with Waterlox. I believe the stain was a combo of 2 different colors. I can see if I have the info somewhere but I'm away from home today!! So glad you like them!!!

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  • Amy Aguirre
    on Apr 29, 2015

    Very pretty.

  • Sue@CountryDesignHome
    on Apr 29, 2015

    Super cute- love the lobsters! I have those exact chairs (no doggies, thought) and it is most definitely time for a spring makeover!

    • Krosiepowers
      on Apr 29, 2015

      @Sue@CountryDesignHome Thank you, Sue! I actually had a hard time covering the doggies because I knew someone at sometime must have loved that fabric! If you do make yours over, I'd love to see some pics!!

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