7.16.2011

The Gardner Barstools - Before & After

After we determined where we were moving in May I was on the hunt for some tall bar stools. The thirty inch kind which I found was going to take some time. It took about five weeks and then I spotted these for $15 a piece and was thrilled that I could get what I wanted instead of paying $150 a piece. As you have noticed I RARELY purchase anything brand new. We looked at new barstools but I just couldn't bring myself to do it! The wonderful thing about taking something old and creating something new is you have something that is just yours because chances are no one is going to have a true replica.
We painted these my favorite white which is the Benjamin Moore Aura paint in the color "Frostine". With the usual distressing and recovering the seat covers this is how they cleaned up. One project we will be working on soon is putting black beadboard on the front of the bar. That is just one of the many I have on my to do list.
I already had in mind the fabric I wanted which I quickly found. I imgined a black toile to compliment the splashes of black we have in our kitchen as well as our family room. I think it matches the white paint nicely and provides a clean fresh look. I need to mention here really quickly that I am having so many problems with Blogger lately. I cannot get things to align and center. I am consistently getting additional spacing that I have not entered and just the editing of my final post is time consuming and frustrating! Is anyone else experiencing the same issues? UUgghh. Currently I cannot get my text to center. Lovely!


30 comments:

Kelsie From Our Country Home said...

OMGosh I love these...You have such an amazing eye...I would have looked at the before condition and moved on...but the after *swoon* makes me wish the wee one was old enough for us to have stools at the breakfast bar already....I totally adore the fabric and look forward to seeing them against the black beadboard.

Blessings Kelsie

Pattie said...

Nice job, love what you did to them...

Pattie

Chelsea said...

So beautiful! I want to sit on one and eat cookies with Faith & Brooklyn soon. xox

Mumzie said...

These look great! I think they would be gorgeous in black too...but that's only cause it would match my other furniture. Mumzie

Jen said...

Simply divine! I bet your new home is a complete doll house!

Ann said...

Awesome they look great. I hate wasting $$ on new too!

Miss Kim said...

Think I'll have to do this to our old bar stools! Love the fabric!

Karen @ THEBUSYBUG said...

Beautiful job....TFS

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

These look great. I am trying to get motivated to redo some barstools of my own. I did them red years ago and now I want them green. The original owners from the early 70s left them behind. I am the 3rd owner of the house and barstools 40 yrs later.

The Painted Parlor said...

Oh those stools look amazing! They don't look anything like the 'before' !! Looks like you got your hardwood floors?! Congrats!! It's one of my 'dream home' wishes :)

Julie

darcey said...

Again, Melanie, you have totally inspired me. I have been collecting a small, but growing collection of furniture to try my hand at painting. Your bar stools are beautiful and I just bought a beautiful armchair to refinish exactly the same way. I got home from church with big plans to begin and I cannot for the life of me figure out how to remove the chair cushion so I can recover it. Help! Is there a trick to this?
Darcey

Allison Shops said...

The stools look amazing. I've always loved toile, but only have a little of it in our home.
Dropping by from Met Monday.

Allison
Atticmag

Becca said...

I love everything about these ... the color you chose ... the distressing and the fabulous toile fabric! Well done!

A Lived in Home said...

Beautiful job!! I love the distressing and the fabric! Come visit me and follow along. :)

Kelli said...

These look great, I love them! I found your blog through the blog party at Making the world cutter. I'm one of your newest followers. I'd love if you'd follow back. I love your little blog, thanks for sharing!!

Kelli @ Loveoursimplelife.blogspot.com

Tonya Adams said...

I stayed up way too late last night going through your WHOLE blog! Amazing! I just moved to Portland from Utah and have been re-doing furniture for a little while. You are amazing! Love all your pieces!!!

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Absolutely fantastic! You've got a great eye!! Nice paint job as well.

Tootles,
Kathryn
http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com

imsteelefullofscrap said...

Beautiful stools!!!!

Sarah @ Cozy.Cottage.Cute. said...

Wow, those stools look amazing!

The Accent Piece said...

LOVE these! They're so cute!
I'm a follower of your site now - everything looks great!

Suzy www.savedbysuzy.blogspot.com said...

Such pretty chairs. The fabric is gorgeous! Please consider joining my linky party, Suzy's Open House Thursday, at www.savedbysuzy.blogspot.com.

Jessica said...

These are fabulous. I recently recovered some bar stools, but then immediately after my kids got to them. I highly recommend scotch guard. haha. I found you on the primitive and proper linky party.

Mary said...

Stunning - they went from a 5 to a 10 in one day! Your kitchen is really gorgeous - thanks for sharing it with all of us at Flaunt It Friday's party!

Hugs,
Mary @ Redo 101

Julia @ 551Eastdesign said...

Oh I love the fabric, great choice!

Abby said...

I love that fabric! So beautiful!

Coley said...

What a gorgeous makeover! I love them!

www.whatyoumakeit-coley.blogspot.com

Jake said...

Great job! The color and fabric really gave them new life!

cheryl @ nefotlak. said...

absolutely lovely!
cheryl xox.

Youaretalkingtoomuch.com said...

These are so crisp and pretty! Love them. Love, Me www.youaretalkingtoomuch.com

Ashley J said...

These turned out sooo good! I seriously love them! I would love it if you linked them up to my link party starting tonight! http://mommybydaycrafterbynight.blogspot.com/2011/08/ta-da-tuesday-link-party-1.html

xoxo, Ashley J @ mommybydaycrafterbynight.blogspot.com

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