Upcycle | bad to fab stools

Cost: $35 stools

I recently went to a local vintage flea market with one goal in mind. Find vintage barstools. My apartment has a bar in front of the kitchen, and I needed the extra seating for my bar height dining room table. Luckily, I found 3 barstools for $10 apiece. The only problem is that while they were vintage … they were bad vintage. The wood stain was badly splotched and peeling, there was a fruit painted on each stool (pear, apple, and plum) with legs spray painted to match (yellow for the pear, red for the apple, and purple for the plum). Not quite the look I was going for.

So I gave it a simple makeover to suit my style more. I spray painted the legs a bronze metal color, sanded the wood to remove the old stain and paint, and restained the top. (You’ll recognize this stain color from my DIY table)
The results: