When I first posted about my bar stool dilemma I had a new plan in mind, but had yet to put it into action. Well, shortly after writing that post I went to work and built the new stools. My confidence in these new stools was so high I actually built both of them at the same time. That might possibly be a first for me. I tend to be a bit wishy-washy when committing to furniture that needs to be built in duplicate. Thankfully my confidence was not misplaced. I love them and the kids do too.
Our new counter height bar stools…
I built them using this plan from Ana-White’s site. Fairly easy to build with the only exception being all the angle cuts which will give you a headache if you’re not careful. I just had to remind myself to be patient and not try to rush to the finish. The stain is in Espresso from Minwax. My current favorite color of all time. I did two coats to get a nice dark finish and then topped that with two coats of a poly in semi-gloss.
I covered them with some thick leather-look vinyl I found at JoAnn’s as I wasn’t willing to commit to the real thing with both of my kids climbing all over them daily. I used 4″ thick foam for the cushions (which I already had from a previous project) and upholstery tacks to hold it all in place. I found a great tutorial for covering the seats here.
Things I would do differently… The building plan is straightforward and easy to follow, so no changes there. Now when it comes to covering the seats there a couple of things I would change. One, go slower when tapping in the upholstery tacks. Why? The end result would be a neater more even line of tacks around the seat. Also, the tacks don’t pull out easily and most become useless once pulled out. It’s okay to lose one or two, but having to buy another box of these little suckers because of my impatience is a little silly. Another minor change would be to glue the foam down to the top of the seats to ensure it stays put. When I covered the stools, I pulled the vinyl super tight, but with the kids bouncing up and down on them every day I’ve noticed the foam will shift a little to one side or the other.
Things we love about the stools… The seats are super comfortable, both kids commented on that the moment they sat down. They look good. My son has dubbed them the “fancy stools”. Of course, compared to what he was sitting on for all the months prior to their completion they truly are fancy. The style is timeless. Whatever style direction I take the kitchen I know these little stools will fit right in.
So there ends the bar stool journey on a happy note.