Part 1: How to refinish a bar stool

FIX THIS - Do you have a piece of furniture in your home that you need, but looks so terrible that you don't want it? We may have a solution for that, and it won't cost you a lot of money. If you have a little time and some creativity this project is totally worth it! 

My project was a couple of bar stools that needed some serious updating! They were scratched, scuffed and no longer matched the decor of my kitchen.

My husband and I recently updated the kitchen in one of our rental properties. The unit comes completely furnished, and included seating along the kitchen peninsula. Clearly, I had a problem on my hands. Believe me when I say that I looked for weeks for new bar stools that would work with the decor and would fit my budget. When I couldn't find anything that fit those criteria, and sat down to figure out all of my options.

Here's what I had working for me: The bar stools were made of solid wood, their design had lines that may look modern in a different color, and the cushions were a simple design. If you see similar qualities in your old piece of furniture, then I would suggest taking the do-it-yourself route too! In these article, I'm going to focus on refinishing the wood bottoms of these bar stools.

Here's what you need:

Rags for cleaning

Drop cloth

Hand held power sander

80 and 150 grit sand paper

Stain stripper 

Paint scraper or wire brush

Old socks

Paint brush

Wood conditioner





1. Clean off any extra dirt and grime from the wood surface.

2. Using an old paint brush, goop on the stain stripper, following the instructions on the can.

3. Once the stain stripper has sat on the wood for long enough, scrape it off using a wire brush or paint scraper.

4. Repeat until most of the stain is gone.

5. Place 80 grit sand paper on your hand held electric sander and sand away the rest of the stain.

6. Place 150 grit sand paper on your hand held electric sander and sand for a smooth finish.

7. Wipe clean.

8. Using an old sock, put wood conditioner on your, now unfinished, bar stool, following directions on the can. This will prep your wood to take the stain evenly.

9. Apply the stain with another old sock and let dry.

10. Apply two coats of polyurethane for a little added shine and protection!


I was so pleased with how these turned out! They look even better than I had imagined! 




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