Beautiful bar stools

Remember the pair of bar stools I picked up from Craigslist for $15?

Well I ordered fabric to recover this excellent find, and it finally arrived this past Saturday!


So I quickly got to recovering. The hubby didn’t really want to recover the seats with me, but he helped me unscrew the seats from the stools before leaving me to my project.

Remmy was very interested in the project.

I started by cutting off the  existing fabric from the seat.

Once all of the fabric was off, I flipped the wooden part of the seat over so the cruddy side with the excess fabric was touching the padding. That way the bottom of the wood was staple and fabric free.

Then I got to stapling.

Once I finished stapling the fabric to the chair, which was a bit tricky around the edges (see a quick tutorial here) because of the nature of the fabric, the seats were ready to be screwed back onto the stools.

Here’s a close up of the fabric. It matches the wall color perfectly!

When I bought these stools, the seats were missing a few screw. So after digging around and finding some extra screws, I finished off my stools the proper way — with all four screws!

So what do you think? I didn’t hate the cushions before, but I love them now. And, the fabric is outdoor fabric, so it is super durable and easy to clean! Win!

I’m pretty happy with them 😀

Furniture, Life

Gotta love Craigslist

I’ve been a total Craigslist stalker these past few weeks, trying to find a few inexpensive pieces of furniture for our house. I’m looking for a large desk for my craft room, desks for the office, a coffee table for the family room and bar stools for our new bar. I’ve found a bunch of great stuff, but man do people over price what they are selling on Craigslist. It’s been tough to find reasonably priced items that I like, and then be the first person to e-mail the seller. But that’s also half the fun.

I was on the prowl this weekend seeing what people in our area were selling and I found someone trying to get rid of a pair of bar stools for $15. Yes, $15! The set I wanted to buy online are temporarily out of stock, not to mention priced at $120 per stool. I’ve also seen a few other stools I could settle on, but they still have a hefty price tag of at least $60 per stool. Who knew bar stools were so expensive!?

I e-mailed the guy selling the stools and he told me they were first come, first serve, but that I was the first person he was e-mailing back out of those who seemed interested. I e-mailed him back saying I definitely wanted the stools and that I could come anytime. And with that, the hubby and I piled into the car and drove 10 minutes to fetch our loot.

We got to guy’s house and I was happy that the stools looked even nicer than they did in the dimly lit photos he had posted online. They are completely different from what I originally wanted to buy, but the price was too perfect to pass up. The backs of the Craigslist stools were loose and there are a few scuff marks at the bottom, but overall they are in great condition. So, we paid the man and loaded our new stools into my car (We may or may not have had to pay part of the $15 in quarters). They didn’t fit so well, so we had to drive with the window rolled down in the back so the top of the chair could stick out. Yes, it was raining. Hard.

When we got them into the house and next to the bar, I was even happier. They look really great.

I was also able to remove the seat cushion and tighten up the backs of the stools, so they don’t even wobble anymore!

I like that the stools have a foot rail to rest your feet on. That was one thing I wished our bar had, but now there is no need for it. They are also the perfect height for our bar!

I’ll probably recover the seat cushions. All of the other fabrics in the room are brown, so these could definitely be a little more fun. Either way, you gotta love a good Craigslist find.