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Upcycled Bar Stool into Home Decor

There is no doubt over the years that I’ve made purchases that cause regret. From busted furniture I was told wasn’t (evidence HERE) to those I did know was damaged, but felt compelled to rescue (more evidence HERE). Today, take a peek at what I paid for, but did not realize the issues it had. Coincidentally, I feel an upcycled bar stool project coming on. ahem.

Damaged Bar Stool Before Upcycle | prodigalpieces.com

To begin with, I see the stool in a store and leave it to go pick up my kids. However, it dawns on me that it would be close match to a damaged one I have at home from my set of 3. (see their makeover in this past post). It isn’t until I get it home after asking my daughter to get it for me that I see the disappointment. TWO…yes two missing rungs AND the repair to the top.

Damaged Bar Stool Seat | prodigalpieces.com

The top isn’t so bad, but I’m boogered by the missing spindles. So, now I need to figure out the next steps.

DIY TIME

First, I figure that I can at least salvage a spindle from this broken bar stool to fit into mine. Here’s my beauty by my kids using it like a ladder. tsk.

Broken Bar Stool Rung | prodigalpieces.com

And, here is after I cut up and take apart the upcycled bar stool. Win-win! Now it just needs paint to match.

Replaced Broken Stool Rung from Upcycled Bar Stool | prodigalpieces.com

NEXT STEPS

Next, now that I have the spindle issue figured out, I scheme what to do with the rest of the upcycled bar stool. Nothing goes to waste around here, that’s for sure! I pull out my jigsaw and cut off the base of the stool.

Cutting Upcycled Bar Stool with Jigsaw | prodigalpieces.com

Then, I paint it and it’s good to go. Hang on and I’ll show you it in a minute.

Painting Upcycled Bar Stool | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

However, before I call it quits, I want to make use of the leftover base as well. I pull out my Shaker pegs and have some fun with it.

Broken Bar Stool Legs Upcycled | prodigalpieces.com

THE REVEALS

Last, are you ready to see what I created with my “buyer’s remorse”? Check out this lil’ cutie…

Farmhouse Milking Stool from Upcycled Bar Stool by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #diy #upcycled #furniture

Chippy Blue Farmhouse Milking Stool by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #home #diy #furniture

Who doesn’t love a small stool, right? I tell ya I’m a sucker for them each and every time.

Vintage Milking Stool from Upcycled Bar Stool by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #diy #home #upcycled

Last, but not least, here are the two bar stool base legs that I upcycled into these coat racks. This time, though, I went with this fun green.

Upcycled Bar Stool Leg Coat Rack by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #upcycled #diy #home #homedecor

Repurposed Coat Racks from Upcycled Bar Stool by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #storage #farmhouse #cottage

Not only are the fun, but they are perfect for coats, towels, keys, tea cups…you get the idea. Where would you use them?

Reclaimed Bar Stool Coat Racks by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #reclaimed #diy #home #furntiure

Reclaimed & Upcycled Bar Stool Vignette by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #upcycled #diy #home #cottage

Also, If you’d like to own either of these fun decor pieces, you can find them available in my online shop.

  • Handmade Linen Ottoman by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | shop.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #shopping
    Linen Ottoman ~$75

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Take that broken find and create home decor with an upcycled bar stool. Come see all 3 projects by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #home #diy

Up next, it’s time for Part 3 of my thrifted table trio. Stay tuned! You can see Part 1 and Part 2 by clicking each text.

Trio Set of Thrifted Tables | prodigalpieces.com

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Also, more furniture makeover like this upcycled bar stool:

From damaged to Boho beauty, this vintage Ikat Mid Century Modern Dresser Makeover is one you need to see. Full step-by-step video tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.come #prodigalpieces #diy #furniture #home #homedecor #homedecorideas #bedroom #boho #midcenturymodern #vintageCheck out this super fun upcycled bookcase headboard hutch. From funky vintage to farmhouse chic. Full tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces at prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #handmade #home #vintage #homedecor #furntiure

 

Comments

  1. Rebecca - NC says

    So clever and so cute!!! 💕

    • Larissa says

      Well, I’m glad you think so as I was buggered to think of what to do. haha. Thanks, Rebecca!

  2. Amy says

    Amazing upcycling of a not-that-interesting piece! How do you think of these things?

  3. Joan says

    Hi Larissa, I love little stools as well, and this one is a cutie! Clever use of the spindles: but i have a question: how do you attach them to the wall?

    • Larissa says

      Thanks so much, Joan. My favorite go-to is keyhole hardware. Safe and works with heavy items.

  4. Minnie says

    Love the fix!
    And I do have a thing for little stools ❤️
    They are always useful and helpful.
    Love the way your brain works!!!🤗
    Blessings to you
    Minnie 💜

    • Larissa says

      You and me both. One can’t have enough. tee hee! Thanks so much, Minnie.

  5. Marie - Interior Frugalista says

    Love that this remorse bar stool purchase was the stool that kept on giving. Love that it was just what you needed to repair your kitchen bar stool. But then make not one but two sweet farmhouse towel racks and adorable little stool. So handy as a decor riser, plant stand, step stool, and the list goes on. Great save my friend!

    • Larissa says

      You should have seen my face when I got it home…meh. Ah well! Thanks so much, Marie!

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