Thursday, May 14, 2009

3 Stools Done - Amost

This X 3

becomes these....

I have lived in my house for 22 years, both married and single (I don't like the word divorced). I was divorced. Now I am single. It is a cute house (I am not into cute), but there are many things builders select that lack shall we say, taste? So I change things a lot. Personally a house is not my first choice for a home. I moved to 50, yes you read that right 50, different dwellings before I was even 18 so I am pretty open to variety. My dream home would be a loft or a warehouse on the beach with an outdoor shower, hardwood floors for dancing and lots of tall windows. Until then I just continue to paint and decorate whenever I get bored with what I have. Hence the 3 old barstools that just sort of functioned before. Now I love them. Why? Because they look much better and also because these are what I sit on when I am at the computer and my butt is happier now.

The process was not hard but it did take time for paint drying and adding the padding (I rhymed, go me). Plus I had to do them separately so I would have somewhere to sit. I love the wind and it has been windy every day which unfortunately doesn't work well with spray painting. I don't really prep or follow technique (I am not big on the clean up part either). I just sort of do, otherwise things would never get finished. Here we go....

Sand the stools?
Instead spray a good coat of primer and hope it does the job.
Let dry a couple hours.

Then I used American Accents Stone brown spray paint and has a sort of spattered texture. It is the same as I used when I made my dining table and I wanted to unify the space. I also painted the entire stool because I may want to take the padded covers off at some point and do something different.
Let paint dry 1 day.
Another coat of Stone paint.
Let dry 3 days.

Then 2 coats of spray acrylic sealer, dry 1/2 day in between coats.
The next layers are....
Foam padding cut 2 inches larger all around the seat so it will wrap down the sides.
Batting cut about an inch larger than the padding.
Ruler shmuler, I just use the stool for measuring, placed upside down and draw a circle around it.
I used Super 77 spray adhesive to keep the padding and batting together.
Double sided fusible webbing cut the same as the burlap. This it to give some strength to the burlap and help it stay put to the batting,
Burlap cut about an inch larger than the batting. I can't find all the burlap with East Indian drawings so plain it must be for now. I will add something soon, I just have to decide what. Ideas are welcome.
Then carefully center everything, fold the fabric under and staple gun this sucker in place.

How in the hell do the pros upholster so perfectly?

I may attempt restapling the burlap or attach some rope around the edge under the seat.

One project down.
672 projects to go.


Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

Looks great now. U done a good job.

Apart, am not a good upholstery. Hope someone can help you and give u some ideas.

I did my breakfast chairs & indeed, I have same prob & I gave up. Just cover them up & I'd put it back. Duno if people realized I remodel my chairs.


Mandi said...

Your barstools look great! I used some of that textured paint on some pots outside and I love it. I have never really upholstered, but I think you did a good job.

Sharon said...

I think they look great! And love the burlap!! And the stone cool!! Thanks for visiting my blog and WOO HOO! Projects DONE!

Steph said...

We sort of had to do that when I put a frying pan on a stool and burned a hole in the lining..haha.

Anonymous said...

Nicely done - love the burlap!

(Thanks for stopping by my blog!)

Maybe you could put numbers on each of the seats? Kind of like this:

But painted on the burlap instead. Good luck!

Brooke Meyenberg said...

Amber they look terrific! Nice work!
True that (for my crazy attempts) - how in the world do the pros make it look so easy? But your. Yours look perfect.
Way to go after it and check a project off the list! Have a wonderful weekend! :)

june@craftyniche said...

Great job on your bar stools!

noble pig said...

They look so good! Wow, I'm impressed!

Kim @ Manning Family Tree said...

Turned out great. I'm with you, I don't do a lot of prep work & I hate the clean up part. The painting part I'm OK with. But I'd rather have someone else do all the work for me. lol. I know what you mean about the upholstering part. I had hubby help me with mine & I only got 3 of my 6 chairs done. The corners are the hardest. Or in your case being round, that is hard too. But your stools turned out fabulous. I would stencil something on the cushions though. If they were mine it would probably be a fleur de lis. You could stencil numbers. That would be cool, number them 1,2 & 3. Then when you had company you could say pull up stool number 3 for yourself.

mamaK said...

Now that is quite a project! I would have procrastinated on that one too!!! They look great, and the textured paint is so cool! Isn't it nice to check something off the list?!?!?!

Liz@Violet Posy said...

Wow, you've done a great job there, they look wonderful!. Nice work.

Mrs_Faz said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I think i will take over the task of getting the painting done - just wanted my hubby to do it! LOL... Keep checking back to my blog for updates on the masterberoom fiasco! LOL.

Fine job on the stools!! Way to go!

Anonymous said...

I love the look of your new stools! The textured paint and burlap look great together.

You visited my blog (thanks), and asked how I cut my own vinyl. I used a CraftRobo. It is similar to a Cricut, but you don't have to buy cartridges. It will cut any font or graphic that you have on your computer. I love it!

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Wow, that is a great Before & After!!

They look terrific, thanks for sharing!

Leslie said...

50 places??? Oh my goodness. That a hell of a lot of beds woman!!
Love the stools. i bet your butt is happier now!