Bar Stools Repurposed Into Plant Stands

2 Materials
3 Hours

I love a great Habitat for Humanity Restore find. These two bar stools were only $3 each. Even though they were in rough shape I knew they would be perfect to repurpose into plant stands.

The first thing I knew that had to change was the height. I wanted low plant stands and two different heights for a layered look. I measured the legs 12″ down from the top and the other one 6″ down.

I marked them and using my Jigsaw I cut the legs one by one on each stool. They were a little uneven but I knew I could even them out when I sanded down the stools.

The stools were very yellowy/orange from their stain so I knew I had to sand them down and re-stain them.

When sanding furniture and wanting to take off poly or paint etc start with a lower grit sanding pad and work your way up to a higher one. I like to start of with 80 grit, then 120, and finish with 220 making it smooth and prepped for stain.

For these stools I started off with Minwax’s Puritan Pine stain but it was a little yellowy still. So I went over with Classic Gray and I loved the look.

What do you think? This was such a quick, easy and inexpensive project and I am so happy the way it turned out.

Suggested materials:

  • Stools   (restore)
  • Stain   (home improvement store)

Tara Boettger
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