Monday, July 7, 2014

Stained Bar Stools

I've been in desperate need of some new bar stools for a while...
See what I mean?  The light blonde wood completely clashed with my kitchen, and these bar stools... well they were a bit pretty run down.  We obviously could care less for them seeing how we used them for paint projects (see far right bar stool) and stepping stools on a regular basis.  The funny thing is, they bugged Mr. B more than they ever did me.  He usually could care less about such things, but for some reason, he brought up how ugly those stools were quite regularly.  LOL.  I didn't want to just go buy another set of cheap stools though, so I kept my eye out for a good deal on some sturdy, good looking ones.  I wasn't quite sure what I was looking for, other than I wanted them to have a back on them.  (for the kids, and I loved the look of them)

I was hoping to find some that I wouldn't have to do any work to, but then I came across a sale at Four Sisters Furniture.  They sell unfinished quality wood furniture.  I decided to go ahead and snag them up.  They really are a great quality, solid wood stool!

I kept hopping back and fourth between staining them, or painting them.  So many options... if I went with paint, would I do a fun color, or stick with white?  Painting them was my first choice until I came across these pretty things from Kris Krafting...
I loved her bar stools!  And a classic stain I can live with for a long time, whereas if I had painted them a fun, trendy color, I think I might of got sick of them after a while.  So I went with her stain.  I followed her tutorial, just did a few things differently... like I used the dark walnut stain I already had on hand (and I didn't water it down), and a different brand of polyurethane spray.  But other than that, I followed her tutorial.

Here were the chairs in the middle of staining...

And here they are all finished...  We got three stools, but they were pretty cramped at the island, so we used the third for the high chair.  (you can see it in the top right corner in the photo below)

 I love the way they turned out!  I think mine are a little darker than Kris's, as I didn't water down my dark walnut stain, but I think they go really well with my floors and cabinets.  They look like a perfectly weathered wood.  :)

Here is the stain I used...
 and the polyurethane I used...  I did have to do a light sanding with a find grit sand paper once they were completely dried... they were a bit rough... I think it's because I did these outside in the HOT heat, and slight breeze... it was drying really fast.
I'm SO glad to finally have some pretty bar stools in my kitchen!
I want to use the same stain on my dining table... it also has the blonde wood (yet the table doesn't bother Mr. B at all, but it drives me nuts!)  LOL.  We're quite the pair. ;)   I don't know when I'll get around to finishing the table though... just these stools alone were quite time consuming.  Perhaps after school starts and it's not so insanely hot.  :)


  1. Now I know who to go to when I want to redo my bar stools.

    1. No way! Lol. These stools were already sanded and prepped to stain, and they were still a pain to do!

  2. Thank you for sharing to us this blog on how to redo bar stools. I must say that doing some DIY on home furniture is a great way to save the furniture and your cash as well. Moreover, bar stools give off a more casual dining vibe, especially when coupled with a counter-height table. Many homes also have high breakfast counters that also need bar stools.