Trash to Treasure(ish): Rescuing Bar Stools

My husband has been bugging me to get some bar stools since we moved into our house. We sold our old ones with our house before moving cross-county so have been bar stool-less since moving in. Really it comes down to the fact that I haven't found any that I really love and I don't want to buy something just to fill the void. Much to my husband's chagrin, I noticed some neighbours put some stools out for large item pick up day I went and grabbed them (well after they sat there for a day or so because I was a little embarrassed to do so. I eventually got over it and got them before the truck came round). They were in rough shape and were obviously put out due to the cracking pealing fake leather. This got worse with time as it took me awhile to get around to making some covers. I finally did that this week.

One of the things that makes my frugal and environmental soul sing is that I was able use fabric salvaged from hemming our curtains. I had about 12 inches that I cut off from each of 8 curtain panels for our main level. I was also really happy to get this job finally done after having 1 pair left for about 10 months. It feel so great to get jobs you've procrastinated months off the to do list.

 I pieced together the fabric until it looped over the chair.

Then I pinned the fabric in place and sewed along these lines. 

This isn't my best and in fact screwed up a bit going around the chair top adding in some pleats, but overall I'm really happy with how these turned out as they now match our decor and flaking pieces of vinyl aren't being spread all over the house. 

We will still likely get two nicer stools in the future, but will keep these to use when friends come over with extra kids. They are far from perfect, but they are done and I'm quite pleased with getting something decent and useful for us completely free and giving an extended life to items destined for the landfill.


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