Finding inexpensive and unique barstools for your home can become costly. Luckily, it is incredibly easy and a whole lot more thrifty to create a custom design than purchase one. These whimsical floral monogram barstools incorporate scrap fabric that you probably already have around the house.
For this project, you will need (per barstool):
– Unfinished wooden barstool (available at craft supply shops) or an existing wooden barstool with no fabric elements
– Medium or fine grit sandpaper
– Tack cloth or other soft cloth
– Krylon Indoor Outdoor Primer in All-Purpose White
– Krylon Indoor Outdoor Paint in a coordinating color
– Krylon Spray Adhesive
– Floral print scrap fabric
– Fabric marking pen
– Fabric scissors
– Three inch tall lettering stencil
– Polyurethane sealant
– Sponge brush
– Newspaper and/or a large drop cloth
To start, cover where you will be working thoroughly with old newspaper sheets and/or a large drop cloth. If the barstool you are using for this project is existing, remove any paint and/or stain with thinner prior to starting. Gently sand the wooden barstool, either existing or unfinished, with medium or fine grit sandpaper. Use a tack cloth or other soft cloth to remove any grit after the sanding process.
Spray the entire barstool with Krylon Indoor Outdoor Primer in All-Purpose White. Let the barstool cure for a couple hours before continuing on. Paint the entire barstool a solid color using Krylon Indoor Outdoor Paint in a coordinating color of your choice. Wait an hour, apply a second coat of paint, and dry overnight. (Note: If the color deepness is not enough after two coats, continue to add layers until you are happy with the shade.)
Lay the piece of floral print scrap fabric flat. With a fabric marking pen, transfer the three inch tall monogram from the stencil onto the fabric. Very carefully cut out the letter shape using fabric scissors.
Spray the back of the fabric letter with Krylon Spray Adhesive. Adhere the letter to the center of the barstool seat, smoothing with your fingertips as you do to prevent any wrinkling in the fabric. Let the stool dry for an hour or longer. Use a sponge brush and a generous amount of polyurethane sealant to coat the seat of the barstool. Keep adding coats of sealant according to the manufacturer directions. Let the stool cure and dry for several days before using.
TIP: Basic colors, such as black and white, work best for the main paint color of the stool. This tends to lend more attention to the fabric motif itself instead of detracting from it.