Burlap Bar Stools (part 1)

In recent posts, you might have noticed that I am becoming completely obsessed with these coffee sacks that I bought on eBay.


They are super cool, and an affordable alternative the grain sack craze. So fun to use in projects!

This time I was able to use a leftover portion from another project (seriously, they are gigantic!) to cover the seat of a bar stool. I am calling this Burlap Bar Stools part 1 because I actually have 5 more bar stools waiting to get the same treatment.

This was a Craigslist find- I can’t put an exact price on it, because I got a 2 items for $15 deal- but I definitely got a good deal for the 2 pieces that I got. (took a little negotiating which I am terribleee at, but this time I did it and it paid off.)


The cushion was all stained up and stretched out- it had definitely seen better days. But didn’t your mom teach you that it’s what’s on the INSIDE that counts?! 😛 Smooth, solid wood in good shape just ready to be made over.  (And now I use the cushion for when I am sitting on the floor in the garage!)


To re-do the top I painted a layer of Modge Podge (just acts as glue) on the seat, so that the fabric doesn’t slide around when someone sits on it.

Then I laid the burlap the way I wanted it, and flipped it over.



Next, I used a staple gun and stapled the fabric around the edges. To keep the fabric nice and round, and secure the burlap extra tight, I kept the staples really close together.


Once the seat was finished I painted the legs with a sample pot of Behr Stealth Jet and distressed. (I didn’t prime this piece since I wasn’t painting over any laminate, veneer or thick gloss and Behr Premium Plus has a primer in it.)

And less than an hour later, it had a whole new look!


I did like how this project turned out, but it wasn’t anything extra special until my husband started hinting that he really wants to keep it, not sell it, which never happens. 🙂 Best compliment ever.

I’m really excited about the rest of the bar stools that I am working on, so keep an eye out for that post!

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