Barstool Refab & Refinish

I got these two stools for $20 each on Craigslist. I ♥ Craigslist!


They were solid wood and they were stained a dark mahogany. They were well loved as evidenced by all the scratches and dings on them. But I wanted wooden barstools, countertop height, no swivel, with a back on them, for cheap. Plus I didn’t have to drive out of town to get them they were right here in G’wood.

Here is the original stool. I wanted to paint the stool black and then stain the seat to match the table and chairs we have in our kitchen.

Here she is with her seat taken off and all sanded (with 120 grit sandpaper) and ready to be painted black.

Next onto the seat… I normally use Jasco Paint and Stain Stripper first but I was too lazy to get it out. So I just used an electric hand sander with 60 grit sandpaper and got her sanded down to bare wood. Then I sanded with 120 grit, then 180, then 220 grit. So now she is nice and smooth and ready to stain. You can see the one on the left is all sanded down and the one to the right is ready to be sanded down.


Before staining I applied a pre-wood conditioner. This is an important step. You will be tempted to skip that step but don’t. If you do your stain will be blotchy and yucky. Take it from me… it ain’t pretty. Then using an old t-shirt I applied a (water-based) Minwax Stain in English Chestnut.

I had to wait a full 24 hours (torture) before applying Minwax Polycrylic to the top. Here is the seat drying. I waited 2 hours and then lightly sanded with 220-grit sandpaper and then applied two more coats (sanding in between).

Meanwhile I spray painted the chair black (Canyon Black by American Accents) with this.

I ♥ this paint sprayer.

For those of you who asked… Yes, you have to use this paint sprayer with an air compressor.

And I can’t stop there. I lightly sanded the edges with 120 grit sandpaper to get a worn look. Because…

I ♥ Sandpaper on Painted Wood Furniture

Don’t they look fab? I am very pleased with the way they turned out. My son came downstairs after his nap and touched them and said “Wow I really love them.” That is success my friends.

Hey stop peeking at my island!! The kitchen is 99.9% done. I just have to install the knobs on Monday (they sent the wrong knobs) and then you will get the big kitchen reveal. I can hardly wait to show you.