When we first moved into the house I got a new kitchen table from a friend of a friend. I then traded my previous kitchen table in exchange for two barstools. Isn’t it interesting how no one ever throws anything out? It all just goes round and round!
I forgot to take a completely before picture of the barstools, but the legs were unfinished wood before I put these two coats of primer on:
I knew I was going to upholster them so when I bought fabric for the kitchen wall art I got enough extra to cover both chairs too. I definitely cut corners on this project, but it was my first foray into re-upholstering so with all said and done I don’t think anyone will be the wiser.
After two coats of primer and two coats of pure white trim paint (it is amazing how much use I am getting out of that one gallon of trim paint) it was time to get to the grunt work. I didn’t want to take the leather off the chairs because I’m pretty sure the piping is what gave them their shape. Instead, I used leftover quilting batting from the wall art project and staple gunned it right on top.
I didn’t measure the quilting, I just laid the seat upside down on top of it and cut around. First, I made four staples- one on each “side” of the circle. Then I tightly went around the whole thing adding staples as needed. Once it was done, I cut all the excess fabric off so it would bulk up under the next layer. Because the seats are circles, there’s folds along the sides of the chair but I was not about to go sewing strips together so I can live with the folds just fine.
I used the same process to attached the actual (freshly ironed) fabric to the chair- 4 staples on each side then pulled tight as I stapled all the way around again. I used a lot more staples on this layer then the previous one just to make sure it holds steady and also to stop any frays I might get from wear and tear.
This was a pretty quick process once I got going, maybe about 15 minutes per chair. I wish I hadn’t dragged my feet on it for so long but painting those legs was a huge pain and I honestly took weeks in between each coat.
The kitchen is absolutely my favorite room of the house. It’s cheerful and happy and yellow. Perfect! All I need to do is get new seat cushions and it’ll be all set.