Easy Barstool Makeover

We’ve been renting our home for a year and a half now, and never quite found the desire or money to invest in barstools for our counter. We gradually regretted that after having many get togethers with gorgeous fold up chairs spread everywhere (enter sarcasm). I mean it’s not a major party foul or anything but for a family of 6 with ONLY 6 chairs…I finally wanted more seating.
Barstools aren’t cheap. Okay, let me rephrase that…barstools aren’t cheap for budget huggers like myself. Especially when it comes to things that aren’t a “necessity”, it’s hard to fork out a lot of money.

Good news, you don’t have to. If you are patient enough and keep your eyes continuously peeled for what I like to call “potential pieces“, eventually you will be rewarded. I came across these 3 barstools for get this…$5 a piece. Slightly cheaper than the $40-$120 barstools in the store. Yikes.
As my husband hears me say all too often…”why purchase what you want when you can turn something cheaper INTO what you want?” Story of my life haha. It’s amazing what a little paint and elbow grease can do.
Ok here we go. I wanted a very distressed, light and vintage look. I just can’t get enough of it.
But first, I can’t help but share my before picture with the triplets. This picture…the smiles, the tutus, the weird obsession I have with 3 things lined up in a row…love.

First I begged my husband to sand the stools for me (literally). He obliged as usual because he’s fabulous.
Next, I used some leftover paint that we recently used on our kitchen walls. It’s a Valspar paint called Rugged Suede.
After the paint dried, I did some Vaseline Distressing which I’ve talked about in a post here.
It’s a fantastic way to distress! I lightly coated the edges and corners.

 Next, I painted the legs an antique white color that was left over from my kitchen cabinet paint job. I think the two-toned look gives it a lot of character! I lightly brushed some strokes of white across the seats as well just to give it more of a worn look.

 Last, after the paint is COMPLETELY dry (I waited overnight just to be sure), I took 80 grit sandpaper and lightly brushed along all the edges to reveal the paint underneath. This is what I really like about the Vaseline method, it really gives it a much more distressed look than your average sanding. As mentioned in the other post, Vaseline keeps the paint from sticking well, so in the places you sand, it distresses in a much more believably aged way.

So happy with the way they turned out! From junk to treasure. I’ll be honest, I’m highly contemplating changing the white legs to an antique mint color to add some color into our gray/white kitchen. But I love them as they are so I’m gonna see how long I can leave them alone! I have problems.



  1. says

    I like dark showing through on the legs, they look authentic. I use the Vaseline trick before, it so messy & icky. I use literally 5 paper towels & if you get the paint covered jelly on your hands it feels as though it’ll never come off..lol. But I really like the way these stools look. I have two of these exact same ones but I was thinking of staining the tops & the legs two different colors like a grayish legs with a dark walnut top with a stenciled number or something. But I can’t start that project until I finish up on all the other little projects I have going on right now…Ps. your girls are adorable, their tutus are precious & your son looks like he’s ornery but very cute.

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