A decorative set of barstools is a great way to add style to your homestead. This set of suede and leather star barstools is simple and inexpensive to create, but looks fabulous!
For this project, you will need (per barstool):
– One unfinished wooden barstool
– Medium or fine grit sandpaper
– Tack cloth or other style soft cloth
– Krylon Indoor Outdoor Primer in All-Purpose White
– Krylon Indoor Outdoor Paint in Leather Brown
– Dark brown leather or faux leather fabric (available at craft supply or fabric supply shops)
– Dark brown suede or faux suede fabric (available at craft supply or fabric supply shops)
– Four inch star shaped stencil
– Fabric marking pen
– Fabric scissors
– Spray adhesive
– Newspaper or a drop cloth
Cover the workspace with a large drop cloth and/or several sheets of old newspaper. Sand the entire unfinished wooden barstool with medium or fine grit sandpaper. Prime the entire barstool using a thick coat of Krylon Indoor Outdoor Primer in All-Purpose White. Let the barstool dry for four to five hours. Paint the outside of the barstool with three to four coats of Krylon Indoor Outdoor Paint in Leather Brown. Set overnight before proceeding.
Place the piece of dark brown leather or faux leather fabric flat. With a fabric marking pen, create a circle shape that fits the top of the barstool exactly. (If your barstool top is square, then adjust this step to fit the shape of the top of the stool.) Cut out this fabric piece with fabric scissors.
Lay the piece of dark brown suede or faux suede fabric flat. With a fabric marking pen and a stencil, trace on a four inch star shape onto the suede. Cut out the star shape with fabric scissors.
Spray the back of the star shape with spray adhesive. Adhere the star to the center of the circular leather piece. Once dry, spray the back of the fabric pieces with adhesive. Adhere the fabric pieces onto the seat of the barstool. Make sure there are no wrinkles or bubbles in the fabric by smoothing it with your fingers. Dry overnight before using your new barstool.
TIP: This is a great way to recycle old leather or suede jackets, blouses, and more! Simply choose two contrasting shades, disassemble the article of clothing, and continue with the project as described. Add additional details if desired.