Grain Sack Bar Stool – Before and After

It was half-price day at our local thrift store, and my husband spotted this slat back stool and brought it home for me.  I love this style of stool, but I didn’t love the vinyl seat cushion or the chrome foot rest bar, so a makeover was definitely in order.
Thankfully, the cushion was still in good condition, so it was going to be a quick and easy project to recover it…or so I thought.

I painted the base solid black, then picked an antique seed bag for the cover, cut the fabric and stapled it in place.  I cut another piece of the seed bag to cover the bottom of the wood, since it could show a little when it was done.  I was all ready to reassemble the stool, when I realized I had stapled the seed bag upside down onto the wood, so I pulled the fabric back off the bottom and removed all of the staples, turned the fabric around…then realized I didn’t have it on wrong after all!  I’m not sure why it looked wrong to me, but I went back and restapled the seed bag onto the wood again, and glued the fabric over the bottom…again.

Once I had it all put back together, I decided to add some twill tape around the lower edge, so the raw edge of the lower fabric wouldn’t show.  I glued it on with E6000 and pinned it in place until it dried.

It looked good at that point, but seemed like it needed something to soften up the look a little, so I added some antique crocheted lace onto the twill tape.

The wooden slats had become dull looking, so I wiped a little stain over them to revive the finish.   I haven’t decided what I’m going to do with this stool yet.  I love it, but don’t have a place for it and don’t really need it, so it will probably end up my shop.


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  1. The still looks great! And I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who makes extra work for myself by being silly. Lol

  2. Wonderful new look:)

  3. Fabulous! The seed bag couldn’t be more perfect and the idea of putting lace around the edge is just what it needed. Great makeover Angie.

  4. That sounds like something I would do. Pfft!! :o) It looks great!

  5. Oh my gosh, if I lived close enough I would come and grab that right up! I love it!

  6. Oh, the after is so much better!

  7. You do realize everyone who just put one of those chairs out at their garage sale, brought it back in the house right?

  8. You are so creative! Every time I read your posts, I am amazed at your work. Such an inspiration. Have a great day 🙂

  9. Wow, it looks great.

  10. that lace edge makes it complete. I love it.

  11. Love the look … the lace edge makes it look really special. Great job.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  12. Nice job!!

  13. another fabulous project Angie! sooo sweet and girly!


  14. Great !!! Very Nice Post. Bar Chairs and Stools

  15. Amazing blog thanks for sharing

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