Trash to Treasure: Upcycled Bar Stools


Simple Upcycled Bar Stools for Your Craft Room in Three Styles

I have had these bar stools for oh about 15 years. I have hated them for the last ten, but for some reason never threw them away. Even though it took me that long to actually like them again, I’m glad I kept them, as this blog has inspired me to update them not once but THREE TIMES. Here are inspiration ideas for three different upcycled bar stools. 

These stools are very common. Even though they are so old, I still see them being sold in stores. Here is what I did to make these Upcycled Bar Stools.

Upcycled Bar Stools: The First Makeover


  • Magic Eraser
  • Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Staple Gun
  • Scissors
  • Polyester Fiber Fill

Bar Stool Upcycling Idea


  1. After cleaning them with soap, water, and a sponge, I used a gray metallic spray paint to paint the legs. Spray paint quick and easy and cheap. Tip: The Magic Eraser with water works very well to clean surfaces (it truly magically erases!).
  2. For the seat cushions, you need your fabric of choice, a staple gun, scissors, and some type of filling. I used a polyester fiber fill, which is only about $2.99 a bag.
  3. Measure your material, depending on your seat size.  I left about three inches on all sides.
  4. Place the desired amount of fiber fill on top, and then the stool on top of that. Make sure you add a substantial amount of fiber fill to cushion the top.
  5. Using a staple gun, pull the fabric taught and staple the fabric approximately a half an inch from the edge all the way around.
  6. Trim off excess fabric with scissors as close to the staples as possible to avoid excess fabric hang when the stools are right side up. Here are a few after photos.



DIY Bar Stool Upcycle

UPcycled Bar Stools: The Second Makeover

Then, I moved and changed my craft room and made them over a second time. I wanted them to be emerald green and gold. You can see the full stool makeover post here. Here is the result.


Upcycled Craft Room Stools - DIY Inspired

Upcycled Bar stools: The THIRD Makeover

Of course, in all my home decor obsessiveness, I made them over AGAIN. This is how they currently look.

Easy Craft Room Stool DIY

Craft Room Table with Stools

You can view this new craft room stool makeover in this video I made.

Should I make them over again??? Ha!

Other Trash to Treasure Projects:

Easy Stool Makeovers


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  1. I have these exact same stools! I’m definitely going to try this. It seems easy enough! Thanks for the tips. Love your site.

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