Give your kitchen a nice new look
If your kitchen island or bar could use a fresh look, or if you need new kitchen stools and just can’t bring yourself to pay what they want at the mall, take heart. You can get the latest boutique looks for your kitchen stools without paying hundreds of dollars. All you need are a few inexpensive DIY supplies, a little time, and some creativity. You don’t need to have a lot of artistic talent, either – if you can paint, glue and use a staple gun, you can create one-of-a-kind kitchen stools that will have your friends asking, “Where did you getthese?” All of the following ideas are DIY projects and require only simple skills and a few inexpensive tools.
 

Painted Kitchen Stools

  • The easiest way to freshen up your kitchen stools is to paint them a different color. Many do-it-yourselfers recommend chalk paint for these types of projects, because with chalk paint, you don’t have to sand or prime beforehand, and you can use it to cover almost any surface. Chalk paint is good for achieving the distressed, “shabby chic” finish so popular now, but of course you can use any kind of paint. You can go with a solid color, or two contrasting colors, such as this striking pink and gold DIY stool. A checkerboard, dotted or diamond pattern would be relatively easy to achieve freehand or with painter’s tape, but if you have the ability to draw freehand, you might also do a simple floral wreath or a city scene.

Stenciled Kitchen Stools

  • Stenciling is a quick and easy way to add an artistic look to your kitchen stools. You can buy a ready-made stencil, or make your own, such as this fabulous stencil of a Paris postmark. Other attractive ideas: these vintage industrial numbered kitchen stools would look amazing in a loft condo, and are quick and relatively easy to make. Or you could go with a combination of painting and stenciling, such as this cute country theme.

Fabric Kitchen Stools

  • Covering your kitchen stool in fabric is a quick and easy way to make a radical change, and is a good choice if you’re not into drawing. This clever kitchen stool makeover recycles a colorful braid rug into a bar stool seat. Another completely transforms a plain vanilla kitchen stool into a custom dazzler using a bit of damask fabric, a bottle of Mod Podge, and a can of spray paint. And for a simple, yet clever makeover, simply pop a cushion on top of the kitchen stool and wrap it in knitting yarn!

These are only a few ideas for changing up your kitchen stools. If you have the time and know-how, other ideas might include decoupage (your favorite comic book character, movie poster, restaurant menu or recipes), changing out the seat for a disc of thick, clear acrylic or a log ring; or covering the seat in a passage from your favorite quote from Julia Child, Paula Deen or Rachel Ray.

If you’re thinking about changing furniture that you can’t remodel yourself – such as a sofa – consider having a furniture professional perform a sofa disassembly. You can get a sofa disassembly, a complete redesign, and then a reassemblyNo moving hassles, and a complete new look for less than you’d think!