Turning an ordinary wooden bar stool into a stylish one with a padded seat and printed fabric has never been so easy. Why spend money on expensive bar stool if you can do the one yourself? You can easily find such stool at antique or thrift stores. All you need is a staple gun, and just one hour to make it look modern. By upholstering your stool you will easily add more luxury and style to any room in your house. Try to do it and be thrilled with the results.

Things needed

  • Basic staple gun
  • Wooden stool
  • 200 grit sand paper
  • Ruler
  • Painter’s tape
  • Hot glue gun
  • Plastic wrapping
  • Paint
  • Painter’s tape
  • 2-inch foam
  • Fabric
  • Batting

To attach the fabric to the metal bar stool use a hot glue gun instead of a staple gun.

Step 1: Make Marks

First of all, choose the stool you want to renovate. It can be a wood bar stool, or metal one. But there is a small difference, so don’t be afraid to try. Remove the old covering or upholstery, if there is one. Use a pencil to mark a point that needs to be painted. With the help of a ruler measure the height of each leg from the bottom to ensure they are even. Mark a line that is parallel to the ground using the rungs as a reference point if legs are not straight.

Step 2: Use a Masking Tape

With the help of the painters tape mask off the zones that won’t be painted. Apply the tape around each leg and check if the edge of the tape is parallel to the ground. Plastic wrap will help to protect the legs and the rungs from any splashes of the spray paint.

Step 3: Prepare the Wooden Surface

Sand the wood for painting with the piece of sand paper. It will help the spray paint to stick to the surface faster.

Step 4: Painting

First of all, holding the can of paint 10 inches from the surface, spray a light layer of paint to it. Let it dry, and then add one more layer of the paint. Keep doing it until the wood is completely covered.

Spray lighter and even layers to avoid the paint splatter, and keep the surface clean. Try not to apply heavy layers.

Step 5: Trace the Seat

Prepare the piece of foam and place the stool upside down on it. Mark the seat by tracing it around the stool.

Step 6: Cut Out the Foam Cushion

While cutting along the line, pull the excess foam away at every cut. It doesn’t matter if the edges of foam are not even.

Step 7: Attach the Foam Seat to Stool

Use hot glue gun to on the bottom of the cushion and glue it to the bar stool. Press hard until the foam is secure. Then check it out.

Step 8: Use a Layer of Batting

The piece of batting should be big enough to wrap it around the seat. Turn the stool upside down again and add one more layer of batting around the stool. With the help of a staple gun attach the batting to the bar stool and secure its edges under the seat.

Step 9: Staple the Layer of Batting

Add one more staple to the first one to make the batting more secure. Keep wrapping the batting around the stool until there are four-spaced staple. It will be easier to staple the batting to the square stool. Just put one staple on each of four sides of it.

Step 10: Add more Staples

Keep attaching the batting until it’s tightly secured to the stool.

It’s important to place staple close to the edges of the seat, and pull the batting tight.

Step 11: Cut off the Batting

Cut the excess pieces of batting near to the staple line.

Step 12: Use a Liner

Add a piece of the liner fabric to the seat covered with the batting. Staple it past the staples securing the layer of batting. Make sure that there is enough liner to wrap around the seat, so it will be easier to staple it. After stapling check, if the liner is pulled tightly at each corner or side of the stool.

Step 13: Keep Stapling the Liner

Staple the fabric to the seat until it’s even and secure. Check if all the staples are secured by pulling the fabric tightly.

Step 14: Place the Fabric

Add the final fabric to the top of the seat and staple it one more time. Do it carefully, passing the last row of staples. You can iron the fabric before stapling to avoid any folds and wrinkles, and make sure it looks perfect. If you’re not sure that you can staple the fabric at one just use pins to see how it will look. Trim the excess fabric and remove pins.

Step 15: Pull Once More and Staple

To make sure that the fabric is secured pull it tightly at each new staple, and keep doing the same around the stool.

Step 16: Cut off the Excess Fabric

To finish cut the excess fabric close to the staples. Apply the hot glue or pinking shears to prevent the edges from wear.

The Results

Now turn your stool side up and be happy with the amazing results and new padded seat. No one will even tell the difference between stool from the store and the old renewed stool. Now you can be proud of yourself not only because you have done a great job, but also that you saved money. It is also a good way to express yourself and use your imagination in order to create something new. Be creative, use colors and patterns you like, and bring old-fashioned things to life.