Painted, Distressed Stools

Back in January I had an old electrical spool and the need for more counter space in my kitchen. It didn’t take long to figure out a solution with the materials I had on hand. We’ve really enjoyed our bar height spool table, however, could be using it more if only we had some stools. I really like the look of metal stools like the ones Joanna Gaines uses, but can’t afford the price at this point. I’d resorted to looking at thrift stores and garage sales with no luck. Just when I was about to throw in the towel, Mr. Charming came home with four bar stools discarded at his work! I couldn’t believe my luck! Check out how these bar stools went from boring to beautiful with a quick coat of paint. If you are in need of a specific sized chair, look no further than what others have discarded! Everything can be refinished and this is proof!

As they were, I wasn’t a fan of the coloring or style, and no one would be able to sit on them at the table because they were too high. They needed a little remodeling, don’t you think?

First I cut the legs down to 24 inches. Don’t look too closely because one of them is just a tad shorter than the other. My excuse is that Mr. Charming gets to sit on that one because he is super tall. Hey, it’s the imperfections that make them charming, right?

Check out how these bar stools went from boring to beautiful with a quick coat of paint. If you are in need of a specific sized chair, look no further than what others have discarded! Everything can be refinished and this is proof!

I did find a little difficulty in cutting them at the correct angle. I tried to mathematically figure it out, but then I remembered: I hate math! I’d rather eyeball it, so I did….and ended up with one shorter stool. Whatever.

Next, I sanded them down and laid some newspaper on the floor to prepare for painting. I chose this pale yellow that was used within our built-ins to tie them together with the rest of the kitchen. I got this color by mixing white with a sample of darker yellow.

The grey and white farmhouse kitchen has come a long way from the yellow mess it was before. It's amazing what a little paint can do to lighten up an area.

To distress them, I just sanded the edges with my orbital sander. This is by far my favorite method of getting that distressed look because it seems more natural.

Check out how these bar stools went from boring to beautiful with a quick coat of paint. If you are in need of a specific sized chair, look no further than what others have discarded! Everything can be refinished and this is proof!

These painted, distressed stools were easy 1 hour project, but adds so much functionality and light to the room. I love the way they turned out!

Check out how these bar stools went from boring to beautiful with a quick coat of paint. If you are in need of a specific sized chair, look no further than what others have discarded! Everything can be refinished and this is proof!

If you are at loss for where to find a piece of furniture, never give up! Something might just show up unexpectedly.

Check out how these bar stools went from boring to beautiful with a quick coat of paint. If you are in need of a specific sized chair, look no further than what others have discarded! Everything can be refinished and this is proof!

Confession time: I hauled the table and stools outside to take better pictures because the lighting in our kitchen isn't great. While I think they would be a cool outdoor seating area, they went back inside as soon as I was done. Any other bloggers guilty of doing this?

Check out how these bar stools went from boring to beautiful with a quick coat of paint. If you are in need of a specific sized chair, look no further than what others have discarded! Everything can be refinished and this is proof!

For a tutorial on how to make that cool bar height spool table, click here. Thanks for stopping by!