FAQs About Refinishing Bar Stools
Bar stools add a nice look to any bar or high table in your home. You can usually find a number of these stools at antique shops and flea markets for an excellent price. Even if they are in poor condition, you can take a little time to get them back to looking like new. The frames are easily painted, new cushions are simple to attach and you have entirely fresh looking stools in no time.
- Q: What kind of paint should you use?
- A: Spray paint is the paint of choice for most bar stools. It is easy to apply to get around the curves and crevices smoothly. You should always spray paint outside, so take your stools out into the yard and put them on a drop cloth. First, make sure to wash your stools. Then, sand them and then spray on a primer. Let the primer dry and then apply two to three coats of paint for a smooth finish.
- Q: How can you change the cushions?
- A: Simply unscrew the current cushions and remove them from the stool. You can either staple down new fabric, or you can make a slipcover. Many home stores sell slipcovers and new cushions for stools as well which is a third option. After covering your cushions, simply screw them back onto the stool. If your stools do not have any cushions, you can easily make one and then drill holes into the top of the stool as needed.
- Q: How can you shorten my stool?
- A: You may find a great stool. Once you get it home, you realize it is too high for your table. If you have a saw, you can shorten each leg and refinish the bottoms to make it fit your furniture. Just make sure to sand the stool well and measure evenly.