Refurbished Stool for the Craft Room
We bought this house with an unfinished basement, its about half done and I am determined to create a thrifty DIY craft room. We built a large functional table, but still need bar height chairs to go with it. All the craft room furniture must be both study and inexpensive because I expect it to receive lots of abuse and activity. This pretty blue refurbished stool is just perfect.
Cleaning and Painting the Chrome
I have sewn some cute curtains from a purchased pattern, and luckily had enough material left over for this little stool.
This is the before picture taken after I had removed all the ick, rust and paint splatters with CLR and a magic eraser sponge.
I like the dipped paint look I have seen popping up online.. To get the look, tape off the bottom portion of the legs to prevent splatter. Make sure the tape is square around the leg so the “dipped” portion has a tidy even border. Once the chrome legs are thoroughly protected apply three very light layers of baby blue spray paint. Three light coats reduces the chance of runs. Let the paint dry thoroughly between coats according to the instructions of your spray paint.
Once the legs are refinished ,remove and take apart the seat. It had a horrible orange plastic outer layer, then some super thin foam and finally a very nice sturdy wood center. Each layer was held on with a multitude of staples so it takes patience to remove them all.
Using the wood as a template I cut a piece of 1 inch thick form for extra cushioning. I had some old couch foam left over from a couple of years ago. Your stool may have enough cushioning so you can skip this part.
Putting the Stool Back Together
To reassemble the seat, start with the original thin foam, top it with the new 1 inch thick foam and finally add the wood.
To line the original holes in the bottom fabric with the holes drilled in the wood we marked the holes using toothpicks. Once the old fabric is placed back in it’s original position staple everything down securely.
Let the chair dry for 24 hours before reattaching the stool seat and adding new rubbers to the feet.
Have you got an old stool kicking around somewhere that could use some love. These old real metal stools are the best. They seem to last over generations and although their style isn’t trendy it certainly is appealing.