Bar Stool Project

Bar Stool Project

Bar stools how did I live without them?

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y husband and I were bad about using a TV tray to eat in front of the TV.  In our last condo, we had a small bar that would only seat about two grandkids, which was fine since we used TV trays to eat on anyway.  Our condo was a touch of modern, and I had found two metal gray stools at TJ Max.  My daughter will be proud that I got that right because the words don’t roll off my tongue very well and I usually say TG Max.

We moved to our current condo in September and the bar is much larger.  The search began to find new bar stools but I kept hitting a dead-end.  I just couldn’t find any that I really liked. We have a home decor outlet called Graples, which was started by teachers, and operates on Thursdays only.  They have reasonable decorating items such mirrors, candles, glass jars, plants, and other knickknack type of items that change every week.  They open at 10:oo am and there will be people standing in line to get in.  And talk about crowded, you can barely walk around but the prices are fantastic.

One trip I found a bar stool just like the two I had, except this one was a bright blue and they only had one.  Now I have three total but the dilemma is how to match them.  I could paint them all a solid color but I wanted something special.  That is when the “Burlap” idea hit me.

Remember when Decoupage was all the rage?  Well guess what?  It is coming back again.  You can basically Decoupage any material to another.

Bar Stool Project

Bar Stool Project

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irst process was to take the bar stool and lay your material on top of the stool and extent around the sides. Cut the material to extend over the bottom edge or even with the edge. Next slather, and I mean slather the Mod Podge medium over the area to be covered, making sure to extend all around the edges and under side where the fabric will be placed. I used a sponge for the initial coverage.

Bar Stool Project

Bar Stool Project

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ow take a brush and with less Mod Podge, brush a thin coverage over the material, working into all of the fibers if you are using material. Let dry then repeat 4 or 5 times. You can sand in between each layer if the material is rough like burlap is. Let dry after each layer.

Bar Stool Project

Bar Stool Project

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fter you have allowed the layers to dry, take polyurethane and apply thin layers once again. Allowing to dry in between each layer and sanding if rough. I used 3 layers for my burlap. This seals and softens the seat.

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