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Kitchen Stools – Refinished

I received 2 old stools a long while ago.

And to refinish them has been on my “to do” list for a long while.
Until today.


Want to see what they looked like? They needed a little love.


So I sanded the old finish off and wiped them clean. Then I sprayed some satin finish spray paint all over the 2 stools and let them dry over night.


Then I cut circle pieces of upholstery fabric, a few inches larger than the stool tops ….


And then I hammered in these little upholstery nails that hold the fabric in place pretty well. Yeah, it’s not the prettiest job under there but who’s going to see it??


And then, a great new stool to use up to the counter. And it matches the blues and browns that are already in the dining area.


Love them.

Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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  1. Ashley says:

    Sierra, you can pound these upholstery nails right into wood. Just use a hammer. As for making padding, you may want to look for some foam. It may keep its shape batter then stuffing batting inside of some fabric. Hope that helps!

  2. Sierra says:

    have any ideas on how to upholster a wooden round stool? i'd like to make a cushion for it…but don't know where to begin. i don't think upholstery nails (or whatever they are) will work because the stools are wooden…?
    great work! :)

  3. Renee says:

    Its amazing!!!!really you have great talent… thanks for sharing…
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  4. Kim says:

    Oh neat! I just noticed this post–I also just posted about redoing my kitchen bar stools! Yours look great! Very nice photography work of the pieces! :)

  5. Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage says:

    How pretty! I love toile on anything, but this is sweet, simple & perfect. Great job!

  6. The Kradolfers says:

    whoops, that last picture didn't load on my computer the first time for some reason, disregard last part of my comment. Looks fabulous!

  7. The Kradolfers says:

    I love that you used the pins instead of a staple gun, just for those of us who don't own one and it gives it kind of an extra something even if you don't see it. Do you think we could see a picture of the finished product right side up?? Or in your kitchen? Thanks!

  8. The Garden of Egan says:

    Very cute! You are so talented and creative.

  9. jodi says:

    Nice contrast between the stools and fabric.

  10. says:

    They look great and I love how easy it was! I'll be linking to this.

  11. Deb says:

    Cute fabric!

  12. Kathi says:

    I have a $3 thrift store stool in my kitchen right now that NEEDS this!
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  13. Melissa says:

    those look awesome ash!! Love them!

  14. Pink & Green Mama says:

    Adorable!! Great job : )

  15. Wendy says:

    Gosh I think everyone HAS or had had those stools at one point! Yours look great! We have one and I did recover it, but it wasnt anything pretty, just some leftover John Deere fabric to be used outside.

  16. Sachiko says:

    I love the fabric you chose. Very nice!!

  17. becki.campbell says:

    I am doing a kitchen table and 2 chairs that I got for free recently–you make it look a lot easier then it has been for me though! :)

  18. free indeed says:

    Funny you should show this….I've been thinking of redoing my stool for a few months now. It's still sitting in the barn waiting for hubby to bring to the house. I was goind to spray paint mine cream (legs) with avocado seat to put at my cutting table for when I want to cut squares and strips from my scraps….my sewing area is aqua and I love the beachy colors right now. I wonder if I should go with a fabric seat? I'll have to think on it some…

  19. Amanda says:

    Staple guns work good too!

  20. Craftify It! says:

    Those are gorgeous! I think you have inspired me to put a cushion on the stool I sit on in my bathroom to do my make up every day! I need a little padding and cuteness in there!

  21. The Prudent Homemaker says:

    Very, very pretty!

  22. Kari @ Ucreate says:

    I LOVE them, too!

  23. Erica says:

    Very cute! I love the fabric with the brown paint you chose;-)

  24. DeeDee says:

    great job..they are lovely..

  25. One Craft Girl's Corner says:

    I love how simple this is! Anybody can do it. Thanks!

  26. Gwen says:

    I love that fabric and they look great!

  27. Suzie-Q says:

    That is so nice! I just gotta figure out to do my kitchen chairs now. They are wicker seats and old enough that they keep poking bottoms when you sit on them.

  28. Amanda says:

    Beautiful job…Those are great!!! and yay for getting the job done.

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