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 ūüėÄ

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.


Home Improvement

Everybody at our house getting tipsy

One of my coworkers was asking me the other day how our house was coming along and I told him it was wonderful. Our house is almost all painted, things are mostly put away and our family room renovation is pretty much finished, minus our bar.

So then he asked a logical question: Are you guys big party people since you a getting a bar?

I laughed and answered: No, not at all.

I explained to him that when we took out the fourth bedroom, we also removed a huge closet. It created the perfect space for a bar. So even though we aren’t the biggest party people on the planet, it seemed like the best use of the space. That was my logic anyway.

We bought pendant lights for the bar yesterday, knowing that the bar was scheduled to be delivered in the afternoon. Home Depot has a cool feature online where you can order and pay for your items online, then go pick them up in the store a few hours later after a sales associate gathers your items together. It’s a great way to know if something is in stock before trek over there. That’s what we decided to do, so we ordered our two lights online and the hubby went to pick them up.

We chose these pretty lights:

They aren’t gray like the picture shows, but a pretty clear glass with little bubbles in it. They were pretty inexpensive as far as lighting goes, coming in at about $70 per light. A big thank you to my mom and my godmother who gave use Home Depot gift cards as house-warming/Easter gifts. They were super handy in purchasing these lights!

Anyway, Brian got home from Home Depot and immediately got to installing the lights.

Of course as soon as he starts the bar arrived.¬†To save money, we ordered a bar we had to assemble ourselves. So after hanging up the lights, the hubby spent a good part of the day assembling the bar while I laid on the couch (I’ve been feeling like crapola this week, so I offered words of encouragement and occasionally was an extra set of hands.)

Isn’t it charming!? I think it fits perfect where the old closet used to be. It’s way cooler, too. (As soon as it was finished I had to play “Tipsy” by J-Kwon.)

Naturally, we had to go to the liquor store to stock our new bar, followed by a trip to Costco to buy a mini fridge. We bought 8 bottles of wine and lots of beer for the fridge. Then we picked up a mini fridge that fits perfectly in the cutout behind the bar.

You can also see all of our glassware fits behind the bar, which gave us an entire shelf back in our storage room Sweet.

Now we just need a set of bar stools and our family room is done done done!

And just for grins, here’s a picture of Remmy in the refrigerator box.