Every now and then we are lucky enough to happen upon something that truly has nothing wrong with it. Such is the case with these garage sale find bar stools. They were in great condition, even perfectly clean and still a fantastic price. The only problem was the simple fact that they were dull.
I completely understand that sometimes it is good to have a nice bland, tan microfiber upholstery. I have a pretty small house and a very open floor plan, so you can only have so many accent pieces competing for attention. However, sometimes an item just screams quietly mutters "I am BORING!". So I decided to try out a very simple reupholstery project.
So obviously the first step is to pick out a fabric you would like to use. It is important to use an actual upholstery fabric so that it is heavy duty enough to stand up to wear and tear. Here is the one I went with. I love this fabric because it has both black and brown in the pattern so it can go well with just about any color scheme.
Now it's time to dissect the stool. Simply flipping it over reveals the screws that are holding on the cushioned seat. Removing those screws will detach the seat.
Once the seat is removed, you should be able to see the staples holding on the fabric. Use a flat head screwdriver to pry off the staples and remove the black fabric. Set that aside so you can put it back on later.
If you thought that part was fun, you are in for the time of your life now :-) On this next layer there are lots more staples to be removed. I found it was easier to just pull hard on the fabric until one side of the staple let go, and then I went back through with some pliers to pull them out the rest of the way.
Once you have all the staples removed, lay out your new fabric, upside down, on a nice clean surface. (You will probably want to iron out the creases first.) Center the seat (also upside down) on the fabric.
Here comes the fun part. It's time to staple the new fabric on. If you happen to have an air compressor and staple gun it's a very quick process. If you are in the market for a pneumatic stapler, check out this one from Senco. Or if you would like a good old fashioned stapler, the Arrow T50 Heavy Duty Staple Gun is the way to go.
Anyhow, once I started busting out the power tools, Patrick decided he would come help, and he really went to town.
Here's the close-up. I don't think you really need quite so many staples, but doing more staples does reduce the risk of creasing, so that you end up with a nice smooth edge.
Cut off the excess fabric.
Now you need to put back that piece of black fabric. It's easiest to line up the screw holes before you start stapling.
Now staple it on.
and then flip the whole stool over again, and put the screws back.
And behold, stools that are fun instead of boring. Oh, and by the way, they sold before I could even get this project posted, so I hope you don't like them too much ;-)