Upcycle – Thrift Store Barstools

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Upcycle – Thrift Store Barstools 

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Recently I had a very positive and productive thrifting weekend and I found several good deals. I was specifically looking for additional seating for my deck. If you’re a thrifter, then you know sometimes you find all sorts of goodies and other times your money burns a hole in your pocket because you can’t find anything at all that captures your attention.

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I found all sorts of glass items, candelabras, storage cans, bottles, wallpaper samples, etc. It was a good day! You will see how I upcycled some of these items a little later but today I want to share the big change that was made to the two sets of bar stools. The prices of the stools were very reasonable.  One set for $14.00 and the second set for $50.00. Not bad at all. Both sets were purchased because we needed more seating for our deck and I thought these would be perfect on the outside because both were metal.



The First Set:


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The white bar stools were not compatible with the current décor on the deck. We wanted a bit more color. And besides, other than drapes and towels, there isn’t much solid white in our home. I do a lot of beiges but not much solid white.


We began the process by dismantling the stools in order to recover the seats and paint the chairs.  You can’t see up close, but the faux leather was not that bad, but it was not our style.  So it had to go. I happened to find this indoor/outdoor fabric at Joann’s and I had a coupon. Yaaay for coupons because this fabric was not cheap, but it was well worth it. What do you think? Do you like it?avon

We had the fabric, we had these white stools and I had a vision that they were no longer white.  🙂  So we tightened all loose screws, replaced bearings, and painted them black. While hubs was in the mood and volunteering to paint, I pulled the old fabrics and added new batting and the new fabric. I had considered a stripped and one of the new geometric and trendy fabrics, but in the end, my traditional side won out. I just think that no matter the trend next summer, this fabric will fit my style and not become obsolete because it is a  traditional floral pattern (It has survived 3 summers. I think next summer I may be ready for a change).


Once the paint dried and I replaced the seats, I did a happy dance because I was so pleased with the way they turned out. The fabric really pops on the black frames.

The Second Set:


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This set was and is my favorite. They were sturdier, already black, albeit a bit faded. The seats were dirty and flat, requiring new foam, batting, and a fabric upgrade.

Although the stools were already black, they needed a refresh so we refreshed them with a coat of paint as well.

And here is the result. I matched the fabric and although the barstool sets do not match, painting them all the same classic black and matching the seat fabric, made the foursome an ensemble.


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I realize this is the end of summer but as a Professional Organizer/DIYer, Up-cycler, I am already planning for next summer and I know these stools will be in the mix of my next year outdoor spring/summer organization and decorating theme. 🙂

So, how do you think these turned out? Are you an off-season shopper? If so, share some of your off-season budget buys.

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23 thoughts on “Upcycle – Thrift Store Barstools

  1. Maddy says:

    Absolutely love your stools and the material is perfect – big bright and sunny!
    In another life I used to restore furniture but don’t have the room to do it here, otherwise I would be out there scouring the charity shops for something to restore myself!

  2. Clearissa Coward says:

    I don’t really have a lot of space either. I wish I had more. It’s really difficult during the winter months. 🙂 But I keep trying. Thank you so much for stopping by Maddy. I always love connecting with you.

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  5. Rhonda Gales says:

    I love a good thrift find. I like the color change from white to black, and the fabric choice makes the stools pop. You did a great job. Thanks for the inspiration.

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