Recently my kitchen barstools got a makeover–with spray paint, Mod Podge, and fabric! It was a pretty simple project that makes a huge impact.
My husband and I got these barstools when we first got married. Through the years they have been used, battered and beaten up a bit through 2 moves and 3 children. I decided I wanted to get rid of the old oak and scratched white paint and give the barstools a classy facelift–with a couple of cans of black semi-gloss spray paint. This is the picture of the stools in my garage waiting to get their shiny new “do”.
Now, I am definitely not a pro spray painter. But I have a cute friend who is! Brooke (yep, same name as me!) has an awesome website called All Things Thrifty. She has fabulous tutorials, such as Painting Furniture 101 with great tips and advice on how to use spray paint to jazz up your furniture. It’s amazing what a difference it makes!
But I wasn’t quite finished with just the black barstools. I decided I wanted to add more design and flair by using fabric in one of my favorite prints–damask. So I decided to use my trusty Mod Podge to add my fabric to my barstools! I love how it turned out! And even better, no sewing machine necessary!
Supplies for Mod Podge Fabric Barstools:
- Mod Podge–I used glossy for this project (or you could use any decoupage medium or craft glue)
- foam craft brush
I used a dinner plate to get the dimensions for my fabric because that’s how I roll. I liked how the plate didn’t cover the entire top of the barstool, and how it left a little bit of a border. I traced the plate onto some thin cardboard, cut it out, and then folded it in half into a semi-circle.
I pinned the semi-circle pattern on the fold of my fabric and cut out the fabric to create my circle.
Next I used my foam craft brush to smear a layer of Mod Podge onto the top of the barstool.
Then I placed my circle of fabric onto the Mod Podge layer, smoothing it out and making sure to get rid of any air bubbles. I let it dry for about 10 minutes and then I applied a thin layer of Mod Podge on top of the fabric. Don’t be scared when it looks like a layer of white craft glue! It will dry clear, I promise! Mod Podge is awesome, love that stuff.
Let it dry completely for a few hours, until it is no longer tacky to the touch. You don’t want cute little bums to get stuck when they sit on the stool!
I am really happy with how it turned out! I think I am going to add more layers of either clear acrylic sealant, more glossy Mod Podge layers, or perhaps some clear polyurethane for an even glossier and cleanable finish. It might even be fun to add different coordinating fabric to each stool for a bit of an eclectic look. But for now my “new” barstools look fabulous in my kitchen! I’d call this makeover a success!