Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Skirted Bar Stool


I have been looking for bar stools for our kitchen for almost 5 years now... I finally found some at Goodwill for $6 a piece!
They were green, but the perfect height.  I took them.

Our kitchen is teeny so I wanted something that would tuck away completely and almost hide when we had them pushed in. Or so I thought. I spray painted the legs gray, did another coat in white, and then sanded them to distress them. But they were just TOO plain.

If I'm having a bad day or I just feel kind of gross I put a skirt or a dress on.  I don't know what it is, there's just something about a skirt that makes me feel a little more special.  I think you see where I'm going with this...  Little wallflower bar stools, I'm about to upgrade you.

And here they are in all their knife-pleated glory (this was my first attempt at knife pleats, so I'm a little excited)

I love them.  I named them Nellie 1 and Nellie 2.  Let's be honest, they look a little like the Nellie Olesons of bar stools
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I've had this fabric for a while... I bought it at IKEA in the "you know there's something majorly wrong with this thing we're trying to sell so we'll make it really cheap" room.  They were $3.99 curtains that had some holes in them, but I loved the color and texture so I bought them.

I made some piping in white canvas.

Then I pinned the top part of the slipcover inside-out on the bar stool and sewed it, using my zipper foot.

I ironed the pleats into the fabric, using a piece of cardstock (it was actually a coupon) as a template.

Then I pinned the piping and skirt onto the main piece and sewed it with the zipper foot.

I thought I had sworn off the zipper foot and any kind of piping or welting after sewing the slipcover for my sectional.  I guess it's been long enough since that project that I forgot how much I struggled with it.  These "slipcovers" were actually a lot easier.

I'm loving my "new" bar stools!  Let me know what you think...
Blessings,
Jamie
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49 comments:

  1. Those look awesome!! Good job :)

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  2. those are adorable and so perfect!!!!!! i love the skirts! and i think they are a little more like mary- she was pretty, but sweet, too, even if she did go blind. ma and pa would be so proud of you.
    sorry we are still using our stools here, but they are still yours if you want them when our kitchen gets redone! :)

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  3. They seriously look amazing. I would love for you to come and link this up to my Winter Blues Wednesday party that is going on right now.

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  4. woo hoo....those legs look great in skirts!! And now I know what you did over the weekend ;) You know i love these! And I didn't religiously watch LHOTP but Nellie always creeped me out for some reason. And I love that section of Ikea!!!

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  5. Amazing! Someday I'll learn to sew. Great job!

    Maxwellhouseinteriors.Blogspot.Com

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  6. I think your pleats came out great. The stools look wonderful.

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  7. They are beautiful - I love the white piping AND the pleats! Awesome!

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  8. These are stinkin' cute - love this idea!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  9. These looking a bit too stylish for a bum to sit on! Great job!

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  10. jamie, i am so glad you stopped by today and said hi! i LOVE LOVE LOVE these barstool covers and am pinning them! let's be friends... :-)

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  11. but wait! i can't pin anything on this page! even by clicking the "pin it" button. help :-)

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  12. Love the bar stool covers! We have some that have gotten pretty beat up over the years and this would be a great fix! Also thanks for the comment on my blog! And don't even worry about your son talking late. Some kids just start out a little slower, but end up being among the best! :-)

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  13. I....love....these!!! Gorgeous! I wish you could buy them because I can't sew well enough to make my own.

    I will be featuring these on my blog tomorrow for Feature Friday. I hope you'll stop by and check it out!

    Valerie- www.occasionallycrafty.blogspot.com

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  14. They look great, Jamie! I love how you made these! Such a great idea to dress up plain stools, too.

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  15. Oh wow Jamie! Those pleats are perfect! Thanks so much for sharing at our Be Inspired party!

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  16. These are so cute! I save the pic to my computer for a project down the road...thanks so much for sharing these at my link party.

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  17. Those are amazing! You got some sewing skills. I love 'em!

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  18. LOVE these! Love that you are so creative and did a "not your typical" slipcover!

    Would love for you to stop by @ toddlindsey.com

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  19. So jealous of your sewing talents! These look adorable yet classy.

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  20. They look great! I wish I could sew. I have some square barstools I want to do this too. I love them.

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  21. These are great! Thanks for sharing!

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  22. Your stools are so cute! What a transformation.

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  23. Your silpcovers turned out so nicely, very pretty!!

    Thank you for visting my blog and leaving nice comments, you are so sweet Jamie!

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  24. Really nice...love um...I'd like to invite you to share them at @CountryMommaCooks "Link & Greet" party....And have a great weekend!

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  25. These are just great. I can def find some plain jane bar stools at the thrift store and then I will just need to refine my sewing:) I am taking a sewing class this month and am SO excited!I would love for you to come link up at my party going on now through Sunday night!
    http://kim-toomuchtimeonmyhands.blogspot.com/2012/01/get-schooled-saturday-6-and-e-book.html

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  26. These are so stylish I'd hate to sit on them. And I love that you named them after Nellie! Thanks for sharing at this week's party!

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  27. What a great idea. I also love the way you made the pleats. Great tip.

    Cinthya
    www.eyeheart.ca

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  28. Wow, what a difference! I don't sew either but it was fun looking!

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  29. You've really dressed up the bar stools beautifully. They actually blend in better with the kitchen. Love them!

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  30. You did such a good job! Your slipcovers are amazing!

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  31. Very Cute! I love it. Perfect way to take cheap stools to a beautiful custom level. Way to go. Little Bit from DecorateWithaLittleBit.com

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  32. Those are adorable!! Would love for you to share them in my first ever Link Party going on right now. www.thesweettalkshop.com

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  33. Your bar stool covers are so cute! I would never have thought of doing this! I found you through Think Pink Sundays. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  34. These are just so Cute!!! I am going to have to steal this idea as I am slowly redecorating my home and I have 2 barstools I can't bare to part with but wasn't sure what I was going to do with them, now I know!! Thanks so much for sharing :)

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  35. What an improvement! You did a great job. Nellie....I love the names! Lisa~

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  36. They look awesome! I have similar stools that may need this makeover.

    Christine @ Projectsaroundthehouse.blogspot.com

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  37. These are so cute! Thanks for sharing and inspiring! Visiting via Creative Bloggers' Party and Hop

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  38. Gorgeous! Gives the stools a great finished look!

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  39. Those look amazing! I'm going to do that with mine :) I'd love for you to share this idea at my new party:

    http://flourmewithlove.blogspot.com/2012/01/mix-it-up-monday.html

    I hope to see you soon :)

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  40. These stools look amazing! Too cute to sit on! :) Thanks for linking up to Strut Your Stuff Saturday. We hope you come back and share more ideas! -The Sisters

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  41. These are so fun! I am going to feature these tomorrow on Blissful and Domestic

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  42. LOVE these! I kind of want a skirt to match them :-)

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  43. what a great touch! i love it! Thanks for linking up to the Tuesday Talent Show! I hope to see you again next week!
    -Nikki
    Chef in Training
    http://www.chef-in-training.com

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  44. Absolutely the perfect touch. Love them!

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