A few weeks ago I was doing my favorite thing – AKA browsing the aisles of Target and I came across these adorable counter stools.
But at $98 for the pair, I wasn’t really willing to spend that much. Then I remembered that I had some pretty sweet vintage stools that I traded Katie for a can of paint for a few months ago. I planned to use them in the basement craft area, but the Target stools gave me a totally new idea on how to spruce them up a bit. Here’s what the stools looked like when we started. Very sturdy, but a little rusty in some spots and I didn’t looove the color.
So we decided to give them a little makeover to look more like the stools I found at Target. It was actually a pretty easy process. Here’s how we did it.
- Plywood- we purchased a 2×4 piece of plywood at Home Depot. It was sanded already on one side so it made finishing a little easier
- 8 Carriage Bolts, washer & nuts
- Hand sander
- Spray paint
::Step 1 ::
We spray painted the base of the stools in Rustoleum Heirloom White, in a satin finish.
Then we measured the top of each stool seat. Ours were 14″x14″. Then marked our measurements on the wood, a 14×14 cutout.
With the skill saw we cut out the top pieces of plywood.
Because the skill saw only makes straight cuts we had to place the cutout on top of the stool and trace the corners to see where they need to be rounded. Once the corner rounds were traced off, we used the jigsaw to round them off.
Next we sanded the corners to make them smooth.
Because our stools already have holes in them it was easy to measure where the holes would need to be cut to screw the bolts into. We traced from underneath the stool seat where the existing holes were to the bottom of the new seat. Then we used our drill to drill the holes for the bolts to fit into.
Next we stained the tops with a combination of Ebony and Red Mahogany and finished them with a clear wax.
When the stain was dry we attached the wood tops to the stools with the carriage bolts and made sure they were tightened securely.
And that was it, not difficult at all. Here’s the finished product-
Pretty similar, right? What do you think? Will you be on the lookout for some vintage stools to try this project?
You might have noticed a little sneak peek of my craft room, stay tuned I will be sharing the full reveal later this week!