How to Give Cheap Barstools a Designer Look
Oct 20, 2012
Quick post today, just to show you how minimal effort and money can have a big style payoff. These boring barstools were $20 each on sale at Shopko. Not exactly my idea of quality furniture, but they have held up well, they're comfortable, and I like that they get out of the way and don't contribute visual clutter to the kitchen. I thought about replacing them, because they look cheap with their faux-leather seats and humdrum frame. Then I decided to just spiff them up with things I already had.
I used two squares of some gorgeous vintage Scandinavian linen drapes (estate sale find) for the seat upholstery. I also added a little more batting under the fabric to give the seats more cush. Then I wrapped the top rungs in fine hemp twine to add a little texture and interest. Each stool took about 45 minutes to complete, and most of that time was spent wrapping the 80 feet of twine while watching What Not to Wear. Simple.
Need help envisioning ideas for reinventing your existing stuff? A design consultation can be helpful. Because I don't sell products, only my expertise, I often encourage revamping existing furniture and help you see your old stuff in a new way. Email me for an appointment. —Diane Kolak
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