Monday, July 30, 2012

DIY Sisal Wrapped Bar Stool

I've been able to hit a couple of garage sales the last couple of weekends. I always feel lucky when I run across a deal. At one particular sale I seen this little bar stool for $2.00. Yes, it looked rough but it is all wood and I knew with some elbow grease to clean it up, some sanding, stain and some sisal rope it would look darling.
I remember seeing in blogland, someone redoing some high-back bar stools, wrapping the foot spindles with rope and attaching it with hot glue (sorry don't remember who) but I thought it was a cute idea. Altho I knew it wouldn't work around my home for that purpose because someone's foot would undo the sisal rope. So, my version is to use my little bar stool as a stand, maybe for in the bathroom with a little wicker basket on top filled with fluffy towels.

 Before work begins in its ugly state.

See the foot rungs and how most of the paint is rubbed off, this stool has sure held the feet up off the ground. That is why I knew this stool wouldn't work for seating after the rope is attached. 
First I sanded the entire piece down, then I painted the legs and rungs with white paint. Next I distressed it some on the edges to give it a little age. Then I used Minwax Walnut stain and rubbed all over the leg areas, waited about 15 minutes then buffed the areas off. For the top piece, after sanding it I wanted it to have a two tone look, so I used Walnut stain for the rounded edge and then stained the top with Minwax Pecan stain. Buffing between the two different stains after they had time to do their magic. Gave everything a day to dry, then applied a clear sealer all over. (Finished photo at the bottom)

For the leg rungs I used Sisal rope.

 I turned the stool over then I tightly wrapped the rungs about four to five times around with the rope then attached the rope with my air gun with 3/4" staples. Then continued this pattern of wrapping and nailing on all eight leg rungs.

Here's the underside of the stool. I didn't want staples to show on the topside of the rope.

Finished new/old stool.
diy sisal bar stool

Simple project to do and for $2.00 I have a little piece of functional furniture to use as a stand.
For added info~you can dye your rope with stain if you want it darker. I took a small piece of rope that I didn't use and stained it but for this piece of furniture I like the look just as it is.

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  1. Your project feels perfect for summer! Give yourself a huge pat on the back. Well done!

  2. What a great idea! I have some old stools that I've been trying to decide how to refinish annnd I have some leftover rope too. Thanks for the inspiration! The stool turned out great.

  3. Looks great, I would have never thought of doing that. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Love the stool. You did a great job on it. Also, thanks for visiting our blog and commenting. We're so glad you visited.

  6. Love it. Such a fun idea, and is perfect for a coastal cottage look. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  7. Love this, such a little change for such a big impact! I'm now following, have a blessed day!

  8. Brilliant! love it, thank you for sharing this great idea!


  9. You sure did "purty" it right up!

  10. A great nautical, rustic or even western look. This piece could blend in so many ways. Thanks for sharing this week.

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  12. I never would have considered sisal--how creative! This looks really terrific and I'm going to keep the sisal/twine idea in mind for future makeovers!

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