Refinish your old kitchen stools to updated accessories

Posted by JessicaO on Monday, September 3rd, 2012

Refinish your Old Kitchen Stools into a Trendy Accessory

by: Jessica Ouzts

 Before   After

Before                                            After


I wanted to add Kitchen stools to the bar in my kitchen, but I didn’t want to spend a lot of money, and I love DIY projects. The Riley Blake Laminates are perfect for this project! They are water resistant so they are easily wiped with a moist cloth. I found two stools at a yard sale- $7 for the set. They were sturdy, just used and dirty. I painted mine to match the color in the fabric. You can follow my link at the end of this tutorial to see how I refinished the paint.


-          1 yard Riley Blake Laminate fabric (this measurement is for my stools, you should measure the seat of your stool before purchasing fabric to ensure you have enough)

-          Kitchen stool of your preference

-          A staple gun with .25” staples

-          Marker (I love my sharpie!)

-          Batting or Foam cushion (I used polyester batting because it is what I had on hand, but you can get foam cushions at the fabric store in differing widths)

-          Spay adhesive


Put the batting down on a protected surface. This will keep dirt and scratches off your finished project.

Use the stool seat as a template by placing the seat on the batting and tracing around the seat onto the fabric.

Trace stool seat onto batting

Using the traced mark cut the batting.

I used a spray adhesive to attach the batting so it wouldn’t shift while I was attaching the batting.

Cut batting to fit stool seat

 Place stool seat upside down on the wrong side of your laminate fabric.

Prepare Fabric

You can cut away the bits of excess; this will help so that you don’t have to fuss with too big of pieces. WARNING! While you are trimming make sure you leave enough to reach around the lip of the seat. This is what you will use to staple the fabric to the seat.

Double check size of fabric

Turn your stool so the legs are on the straight side of the fabric so you can pull the corners of the fabric up around the lip of the seat.

trim fabric

 Make sure that you pull snugly on the fabric. Too much pull and you’ll have puckers, not enough pull and you will get puckers. Once you have the fabric where you want it, staple about a half inch from the bottom of the lip. Do this for all four corners.

Wrap corners around the lip of the seat, staple

In between two of the staples start tucking and stapling the fabric to the bottom of the seat. Continue to tuck and staple around the entire seat. You can pay attention to the directions of the tucks or let it be random like I have done.

Tuck Fabric

Staple fabric       

Now that you have secured the fabric to the stool go around and make sure you have plenty of staples. I made mine almost touching.

Trim the excess fabric close to the staples.

Trim away excess fabric

You can cover the staples with a bead of glue and some super cute Riley Blake ribbon. But because the staples were at the bottom, I left them uncovered.

If you would like to refinish the seat with paint visit my blog

I Hope this project was as much fun for you as it was for me!


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