After a showed you all the kitchen island makeover, a reader, Jenn, gave me the link to a bar stool similar to these
She read my mind! The World Market stools weren’t even completely out of budget but these jewels literally jumped out at me one day
You know the kind. Typical bar stools you can buy from any any big box store. I decided to buy the pair for $5 and decided to just give them a mini makeover until something else comes along.
Cosmetically, they were in rough shape. There were paint splatters on the top, stains on the legs, and the orange-y oak stain wasn’t working for me either. But they were solid wold and solid. So my trusty sander and I got to work. I sanded everything down to remove the finish on top and most of the finish on the legs.
I aged the tops a little more by beating them with a hammer, staining them brown, and finally adding a layer of brown wax to finish them off.
For the legs I sprayed a few coats of gray spray paint for a nice even finish, then went over that with a black, hammered finish spray paint.
To give it more depth and to look more like the industrial finish of the inspiration’s I used a few other techniques. I finally added two coats of a wipe on poly to seal everything in.
To add to the industrial look, I added these metal chair slides.
I think I’ll keep them for now. At least until I find “the ones” during my travels.