Chalk Painted Barstools and Recovering Cushions

Posted by on Aug 6, 2012 in chalk paint, fabric, kitchen, painted furniture | 28 comments

My house is full of projects that I have been meaning to get around to. . .

I was very fortunate to be able to get new countertops a few months back.

My other ones were 20 year old white formica.

The end coverings had come off.

I had held the ends down with scotch tape for years.

I had begged my children not to pick at the tape.

What is it about children picking at things?

If they see one little end of something peeling up, they cannot resist to pick at it!

The red fruit punch stains would no longer bleach out.

(Or maybe I just got tired of working on getting them?)

So, needless to say, I was thrilled when the time came to get new ones!

With the new countertops came a few other little “updates” to the kitchen.

It is amazing how new countertops make everything else look old!

My mom found these great barstools for me at a little discount store in MS.

All 3 for $125.

The color was not great, but the price and style were perfect.

I knew that I could paint them.

(I did not even know about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint yet?!)

You can see the old barstools and see more of my kitchen here.

Here is what they look like now!

I must confess, I only totally finished the first one.

You can still see the fabric hanging from underneath the last 2.

I was running short on time. . . Open House for my oldest, Daisy, is tonight!

I chose 2 of my favorite colors!

I removed the cushions.

They were held on by screws around the edges.

I simply removed the screws and the cushions pulled right off.

I painted the chairs.

Then, I waxed them and sanded them.

I used a combination of both the dark and clear wax.

I clear waxed the entire chair and then used the dark wax in places that I thought aging would naturally occur.

On to recovering the cushions.

Always iron the fabric first!

It is impossible to get the wrinkles out if you don’t!

(I may or may not know this from personal experience.)

Then, lay the cushion on top of the fabric and cut out a piece that is slightly larger than the cushion.

Starting in the middle, use a staple gun to apply the staples.

Then, work your way around, placing a staple in the middle of each side.

Do not pull the fabric super tight.

Just keep it pulled close.

You will end up with waves in you fabric if you pull it too tight.

Then, begin stapling out from each middle staple.

Save the corners for last.

Staple one side all the way to the end.

Fold the other side over it and staple it down.

Pull the remaining fabric to the middle, pull tightly and staple down.

And, here is the final result!

I love the little pop of color that it gives this very neutral kitchen.

I am in constant flux. . .

wanting an all neutral color scheme and getting rid of everything with color,

back to adding in touches of color to keep it from getting too boring.

I guess I am in my “adding a little color back” phase!

I love the red – blue combination.

I am playing with my new 50 mm lens today.

My birthday present from my sweet hubby.

Now to figure this thing out. . .

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  1. Your chairs look great. Love the color combination you used along with the fabric choice. They add the right ‘pop’ of color to your kitchen. LC

  2. Wow those turned out lovely and just look fantastic!!

  3. Beautiful stools, Melissa! I love the design on the seat back. The good thing is that you can change out the fabric on the seats easily if you want a different color or look!

  4. Aren’t mom’s great! She scored big for you. These chairs are so cool and I love what you did with them.

  5. Another wonderful project! I love the color on the stools. It’s a great combo. Also, I cannot count how many times I say “no picking” every single day to my boys. You have no idea. I’m glad to not be the only one. I thought maybe it was because my boys have autism that they just totally focus on that. Also, I hear you on the white vs. color. I can’t make up my mind, but I think in the end I cannot live w/out splashes of color.

    Have a great day!


  6. I love the colour combo! Those are some pretty awesome bar chairs.

  7. So do you think your Mom could find me some barstools as beautiful as those for me, too? Tell her I have a budget of $6.50. Total. I know it’ll be a stretch, but I’m always amazed at what you can find out there on a dime! Happy birthday, and good luck with the lens!

  8. These bar stools turned out fantastic. I think I need to hop on this chalk paint train.

    If you get a chance I would love for you to come link up at my Pin Party.

  9. You did a fantastic job! Everything is lovely, I especially like the tour of your kitchen!

    Have a wonderful day!


  10. Chairs are one of my favorite things to re-do, a little paint and fabric and you have a brand new chair.
    Great work! Love that color combo.

  11. These are beautiful I love the colors.

  12. Well done! They are fabulous!

  13. This is one of those projects that has me itching to try my hand at some ASCP! Turned out beautiful! Perfect pop of color for your neutral kitchen …



  14. Great colors on those stools.

  15. They look beautiful! I love the colors!

  16. Loving the chairs, and I have 5 of them in the basement waiting to be transformed. I need to get some chalk paint, no sanding i hear. Love the colors. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – it helped to make make the party a success!

  17. Your barstools look beautiful! I love the color combination!

  18. You did a fantastic job on these stools! I’m generally not a fan of the color you chose for the seats, but I’m really digging it with the finished product!

    I would love it if you would share this on Martha Mondays, open now through Wednesday night!


  19. The color choices are just glorious on your stool set, Melissa–love the orange with the grey! They would look good in my upstairs rooms!

  20. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Someday Crafts! I will be featuring your project today on our blog. Thanks for the inspiration! Be sure to stop in and grab a Featured at Someday Crafts Button for your blog.

  21. I love these! So pretty and I love the colors!!

  22. Oh, they totally look amazing. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  23. Great redo!Love the new look!

  24. I LOVE how you mixed the two colors and distressed these bar stools!
    super job!

  25. I love these barstools. The colors are great together! I have never used the ASCP, but now I’ve got to try it! I’d love for you to share these stools at my blog party, Twirl & Take a Bow at It’s every Tuesday and runs through Sunday. I love for you to stop by!

  26. Beautiful colors! Wow, you are one productive girl!

  27. Love the colors! So fun and awesome job! I have yet to try ASCP. One of these days. Your project is an inspiration!

  28. Great post, very informative. Thanks and keep up the good work


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