My Fair Ladies

April 29, 2009

Today I searched high and low for a barstool solution for my kitchen peninsula.  Here’s what I found at Pier One:

I found these for $99 each:

And turned them into these fair ladies:

I wasn’t satisfied with the plain wood top, and I didn’t like any of Pier One’s cushions, so off to the fabric store I went to make cushions for comfort.  

I cut some foam, and used an old T-shirt for batting:

Then I stapled my new fabric to the seat:


Then I reattached the seats to the counter stools for a custom look.

The paint color on the wall is a dijon yellow and the center island is a complementary shade of butternut.  Right now, there are touches of red throughout the kitchen so this fabric works very nicely.

A custom look at an affordable price!


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21 Responses to “My Fair Ladies”

  1. Kristen says:

    LOVE them!

  2. Jen says:

    Oh my gosh – so cute and so creative! I once re-cushioned some kitchen chairs, but that was before I was married or had kids or was homeschooling. . . .hmm, maybe I just need to MAKE the time!

    Good work – so cute.

    BTW, I just hopped over from Jen’s Harried Mom Of Four blog.

    :) (another) Jen

  3. A Slice of Drywall says:

    Perfect!!! Much better then the other benches. And using a t-shirt as batting…..GENIUS!!!!

  4. Emily from says:

    That does look quite nice. I’m impressed with your speed!

  5. Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick says:

    I was going to make cushions for our chairs but was considering just attaching fabric right to the seat…I’m going to try this!! Yay! It looks great!

  6. Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick says:

    And I can’t believe you did this in ONE day? I swear you are my sister.

  7. Stephanie says:

    MUCH better! I love those! Plus, they’ve got to be more comfortable to sit on.

  8. Susan says:

    So much better! These are great and I love the fabric.

  9. Jen says:

    Those stools are fantastic and it never would have occurred to me to cushion them. Will you come redecorate for me??!

  10. Christine says:

    That is amazing – I can’t believe you found new stools and made new cushions all in one day. And they look beautiful!

  11. Liz says:

    I’m with the others, I never would have thought to do this! I’m totally filing it away in my mental “to-do” list. Looks fab!

  12. Erin says:

    I love how you just whip up totally custom things when the kids are at school.

  13. Lindsay says:

    So nice!!!! You are so crafty/handy! I wish I could do all of the awesome projects that you do!

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  16. G+D says:

    Looks great! So much cuter than tie-on seat cushions. Excellent work as always CG!

  17. Dawn@Embracing the Ordinary Life says:

    I adore the idea of using an old tee shirt for the batting…great way to recycle!!

  18. Yolanda (the callipygian chronicle) says:

    Can I just say how much I admire your bravery here? While I might timidly run out and buy new bar stools when the ones I had weren’t working for the space, and I might realize that they would be more comfortable and attractive with a cover, I’d probably be too chicken to take that leap and drive a staple gun into my new chairs. But that’s difference between having a space that looks good versus great.

  19. Simply Jen says:

    BEAUTIFUL! Simply put.

  20. Gayanah says:

    The stools look awesome!! Love it. You gave me an idea!
    Just wanted to share that if you want to cut the foam, use electric carving knife. It cuts through very straight like butter. Try it and you’ll want to do something out of foam just to use the Electric carving knife.:)

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