DIY Gold Dipped Bar Stools

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Have you ever had one of those days that no matter what you do everything that you bake does not turn out? Well, today was one of those days for me. I like Sundays to be my baking days. That’s when I make a few treats for the week and also our lunches for the entire week. I’m not a huge fan of cooking when I get home from the work during the week, so Sundays are the day. Today was definitely not that Sunday. I started off making buckwheat pancakes this morning which were actually pretty good but I knew I had a few tweaks to make before posting them for you. Then, I started overachieving. I should have probably stopped there and just perfected the pancakes. But no, I kept going. Three batches of overly spread flat cookies later, I was left with some cold  pizza to eat for dessert. I don’t know what’s with me today, but apparently it’s just flat cookies. So I gave up for the day and decided to show you these awesome bar stools that I just finished instead!

After I moved into my new apartment I was on the hunt for some new bar stools for my breakfast bar. Being the cheap lady that I am, I scoured Craigslist for a good find and found NOTHING. Then I settled on ponying up $50 each for bar stools that I liked from Target. They were completely acceptable bar stools, but they didn’t have that wow factor I was yearning for. Then, my friend Brittany and I were hitting up Goodwill for some decorations for her wedding and I saw them out of the corner of my eye. Yes, $5 ugly stools that were in desperate need of some TLC. Britt and I shoved those stools into my car and went on our merry way. Then the fun stuff happened. I found some great fabric from the HGTV line at Joann’s, some turquoise paint and metallic gold spray paint. I have a slight obsession with all things gold, especially with furniture that is dip dyed gold. I saw some inspiration from Pinterest about a year back and had to give it a try. And in no time, I had some barstools that I was absolutely in love with! I hope you give part of this project a try, even if its just reupholstering your stools, painting the wood, or dip dying your furniture in gold!

And now for the before/after photos…


Wooden Barstools

Upholstery Fabric (I used 3/4 yard for two barstools)

Paint with primer (I used Benjamin Moore Aruba Blue Semi-Gloss paint)

Can of Metallic Gold spray paint

Staple Gun

Painters Tape


Minwax Water-Based Polycrylic Finish


Remove the cushions from your barstools. Paint the stools your color of choice. I used a paint that already had a primer in it which helped it to adhere to the stool better. Allow dry. Repeat with 1-2 more coats until the stool is completely covered and no more wooden streaks show through. Allow to dry completely.

To make the gold legs, tape off each leg with painter’s tape at about 8 inches from the ground. Cover the rest of stool by taping a trash bag around the upper parts of the legs so that the spray paint does not go on unwanted areas. Spray the bottom 8 inches of the legs gold in a light and even coat. Allow to dry completely before applying another coat.

Once the spray paint is dry, cover the barstool with a coat of polycrylic to seal it.

Now let’s reupholster the cushion. My original cushion was white fabric so I decided to leave it on as it wouldn’t show through on my new fabric. First, set your fabric print side down on the ground. Then, place the cushion upside down in the middle of the fabric, so that the plush side is facing down. Cut the fabric to match the shape of the cushion, giving yourself 3-4 inches around the cushion. Make sure that the fabric is carefully lined up where you would like it on the cushion. Then, pull the fabric taut and use the staple gun to attach the fabric to the back of the cushion. Repeat, until the fabric has covered the cushion completely. Reattach the fusion to the barstool.

Voila, upcycled bar stools for less than $15 each!

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