Part 2: Refinishing wood bar stools

FIX THIS - Last week, I showed you how I took apart an old, wood barstool, stripped the stain and refinished it to match my new kitchen! Well, I wasn’t done yet! I still had to reupholster the cushion seat.  I was extremely intimidated by the potential process, but after a quick call to my mom, I knew this was something I could easily do! 


Here's what you'll need:


  • Flat head screw driver
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Upholstery stapler
  • Upholstery fabric
  • Upholstery thread
  • Upholstery needles
  • Sewing machine
  • Fabric scissors
  • Pins
  • Seam ripper




To start, I flipped the seat cushion over and started removing what seemed like 2 million staples. I used two different tools to get the job done: a flat head screw driver, and needle nose pliers. Whoever made this in the first place definitely made sure that this cushion was secure! 


Once that was FINALLY completed, I carefully removed the fabric from the seat, salvaging the foam of the cushion.


Next, I took my seam ripper and carefully removed the thread that held the cushion together. It is important to not rip the fabric in this step, because each piece of old fabric will serve as your new pattern!


I chose a neutral, commercial grade upholstery fabric for my new cushions, and laid it out on a large, flat surface.


Then, I took my new pattern, or the old pieces of fabric that used to make up the seat cushion to my barstool, and placed those wrong side to right side on top of the new fabric.


I pinned it in place, and using fabric scissors, then cut out the new fabric.


Next, I pinned the new pieces of fabric together to rebuild the cushion, matching right side to right side.


I then grabbed my sewing machine, upholstery thread and upholstery needles and started sewing. Using these materials insures the new cushion gets stitched together properly.


Once I was done, I turned it right side out and fit it over the salvaged foam and wood board.


Next up, I grabbed the stapler.  I flipped the cushion over, pulled the fabric tight, and with my upholstery stapler, attached the fabric back onto the seat. If you’re doing the same, make sure you watch where the screw holes are on the seat bottom. You’ll need to know where to re-attach the piece when you’re finished!!!


I attached the new cushion to my base and was done!


Since I found the fabric on sale, the whole project, for 3 bar stools, cost me less than what it would cost to buy one brand new bar stool. 

Copyright 2016 KUSA


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