I just love the look of those retro chrome kitchen stools. However, they are so expensive. Here's one of the cheaper ones I found at Wayfair.com for $86.99 (marked down from $125.00) with free shipping. WOW! so if I purchased 4 for to use around my island, it would cost *gulp* $347.96! Way out of my budget. But aren't they cool looking?
Well, when I went to Goodwill, I found 4 wooden stools: 2 at $3.00 each and 2 at $4.00 each. So I've now spent $14.00. Here's one of the $3.00 stools.
Okay, let's get started on this transformation. After I sanded down the stool, it was time to paint!
1. I used Krylon metallic paint.
2. I turned the stool upside down and painted the stool following the instructions. (note: don't forget to turn your can upside down and "spray" to clean out your nozzle between coats)
3. I turned the stool right side up to paint the other side of the rungs.
After I was sure the legs and rung were completely painted, it was time to add batting to the seat.
4. For this step I used quilt batting and spray adhesive.
5. The batting wasn't quite thick enough so I folded it over for double thickness. (I secured these layers with spray adhesive)
6. I sprayed adhesive on the top of the stool seat and placed it on the batting.
8. Using a staple gun, I began stapling the batting to the under side of the stool. Be sure to pull your batting tight as you staple so that it is snug.
9. Once the batting was completely stapled, I trimmed away the excess, especially around the legs.
Okay, the batting is on, now it's time to cover the seat with vinyl.
11. I then cut the vinyl so that it was easier to work with.
12. I trimmed the vinyl into a circular piece.
13. Using a stable gun, I begin attaching the vinyl to your stool. Keeping the vinyl snug, I then stapled the opposite side as well.
14. Next I rotated the stool 90 degrees and repeated step 13.
15. I continued to staple the vinyl to the under side of the seat. Once it was firmly attached, I trimmed away the excess vinyl.
17. The last step! I placed some felt circles on the bottom of the legs so that they would not mar my floor.
Are you ready for the big reveal? Here it is!
Isn't it cool? Here's the price breakdown for 4 stools:
Vinyl (1 yard at 40% off of $16.99) $10.19
4 cans of spray paint $24.00
Total cost for 4 stools: $52.19 or $13.05 each!
Okay, so now what should I purchase with my $295.77 savings? Decisions, decisions.