Remember last month when the kids and I road tripped to Nashville? We had the best time with our sweet friends, and even squeezed in a few projects. I was giddy to have a new house to brainstorm projects for, and even more excited to have my friend as a partner-in-crime. Unless I need an extra set of hands, I’m usually alone when working on projects. That gets kind of isolating, so it was way more fun creating with her! After giving her a new Family Drop Spot, we went after the barstools.
Before we started, they bore the results of a frustrated cat. My friend had been looking to replace them, but hadn’t found the right ones yet. So instead of apologizing for them everytime someone came over, I suggested a quick makeover.
We have five kids between the two of us, so you know the effort that takes to go shopping! Instead we rooted around her house and found the supplies we needed….a seldom-used Dwell tablecloth, an extra crib mattress protector, scissors and staple gun. (We were both shocked to find the staple gun!)
Fortunately, the seats were just screwed to the base, so removing them was easy. Instead of ripping off the old vinyl cover and padding, we just covered the entire seat with the mattress protector. It’s nice and thick so the black didn’t show through, and creates a smooth surface. We pulled it tight, stapled it to the edges, and then cut away the excess.
Let’s widen out the shot a bit….look who’s supervising our work behind-the-scenes. It takes a village, I tell ya.
Then we took a break to check out Arrington Winery with these cute faces. I wasn’t the only one excited to spend time with sorely-missed friends!
The next day we laid the tablecloth out and chose the areas we wanted to use for the stools. Those swatches were cut and stapled the same as the protector, making sure the pattern was kept straight on the other side, and the fabric smooth.
So many of you ask how I get projects done with kids at home….here’s one way…my
sister-wife friend distracted the kids with piles of colors and stickers.
I also recruit them to help me with certain parts of the project. They like to feel part of things, but usually get bored with it quickly, so they
don’t pester me leave me to it. But since I couldn’t figure out the highly-complicated staple gun, I really needed my son to step in.
And Babygirl’s tiny hands were perfect for the smallest screws ever.
So after about an hour (separated by long stretches of play time), our group-effort barstools were complete!
They are so cheery in her vibrant Breakfast Room, and what’s even better is, they didn’t cost a penny! You’d be surprised by the supplies you can rummage up in your house!
My friend’s not apologizing for the cat anymore! Check out this Before & After!
Have you done any makeovers with only supplies you had on-hand? Do you have a frustrated cat wreaking havoc in your house?