DIY: Refurbished Barstools

“From Craigslist to Chabby Chic!”

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This is one of the cooler DIY projects we’ve done. We took some barstools we got for $25/each, splurged on a can of nice paint, and sanded the edges for a worn look. It took some time but it was well worth it for how polished they turned out. They match fabulously in our new apartment with the white marble countertop.

They were completely plain when we bought them. The first step was to coat them in the chalk paint we purchased. The brand is Annie Sloan and the shade is graphite.

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After going over them with two coats of paint, we took to sanding them down for a worn look. We used sandpaper from Home Depot and this process was not difficult at all. If you messed up, you just painted back over it! It’s simple and completely customizable as to where you place the “weathered” look. We tried to make them all match, in a sense, but none of the chairs are identical.

After sanding down the chairs to what we were happy with, with sealed it with two coats of polyurethane. We also purchased this from Home Depot and made sure to get a kind that is easy to clean/wipe down.

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I think they turned out fabulously! They are certainly a conversation piece, and we saved a lot of money on nice barstools. It was a fun project and now we know how to redo some kitchen furniture.

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DIY: Rustic Coffee Table (gray stain)

“All credit goes to Ana White and the incredible plans she puts online!”

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Who’s ready for a fun (and manageable) DIY project?!

Full disclosure: I owe all of the credit to my fiancé for putting this together, but I will say my take on this was the gray stain to fit our “modern rustic” theme.

Before we jump in, here is the plan for the coffee table, and the matching end tables. Yes, we made both! And we followed the directions precisely. Our wood came straight from Home Depot, along with the screws, gray wood stain, etc. etc.

Above you will see how the wood looked when we bought it! Plain and normal looking. Andrew built this all by himself with tools he had at home plus a rented sander from Home Depot. Just follow all of the instructions step-by-step and you’ll achieve the same finish!

Below is a look at how our end tables turned out (before the “x’s” were added). They are essentially smaller versions of the coffee table.

Once the assembly was complete, we took to staining it! We used a light gray wood stain from Home Depot (they should really sponsor me at this point lmao). The table only needed one coat of the stain and we worked in sections to ensure an evenness in color depth. Below is how the table top turned out before assembling – exactly the way we envisioned it!

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And lastly, here are a few pictures of the finished products! It was really fun to put our own spin on this DIY project, and you can really paint the table/end tables any color you’d like to match your décor. I love the way this looks in our apartment with a few rustic touches and of COURSE some fall decorations/candles.

Did you build any of the furniture in your home? Have you heard of Ana White before? Her plans are all over Pinterest so I’d suggest checking out her website if you’re interested in putting together some unique furniture.

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