Barstool Fix

Sometimes for practicality’s sake, you have to purchase some “for now” furniture. Maybe there’s not room in the budget right now for that perfect “forever” piece that will become a family heirloom, passed down from generation to generation.

And so, growing weary of enjoying your daily bowl of Cap’n Crunch from the floor, you set out and find something – anything – to sit on.

That’s the position we knew we would be in when we purchased our foreclosure home last year. The priority was of course cosmetic fixes to make our home livable. So we had to get creative with our furnishings budget. One of the items we knew we could make do with a temporary fix was barstools.


Ethan Home Saddle Stools

We purchased these babies for a whopping price of about $150 for all four online.  They were the right dimensions for our bar, they were simple, they were upholstered, they would work. And of course as with may things in this low price range, “some assembly” was required.

Brothers are the best!

Brothers are the best!

With the help of my awesome little bro Preston, we secured all 16 legs by Allen Wrench and had ourselves a place to eat breakfast!  But just because we had to start with these lower-end pieces did not mean that they had to look like Plain Janes forever.

Zig Zag by Premier Prints

Zig Zag by Premier Prints

When we got a bit more settled in the house,  I gave them some personality by recovering them in a chevron fabric by Premiere Prints that was less than $10 a yard. It only took a couple of yards for all four stools, and I hand stapled it all myself, so it was very affordable.


I added a couple layers of Scotchgard to protect the fabric and voila! We had ourselves a pretty darn cute and very affordable seating solution that met our needs. Sure, maybe they still require a leg-tightening session with my trusty Allen Wrench from time to time, but I’ve learned to look forward to our tune-up time together.

Last but not least, I covered and added the button tuft back in the center of each seat… but I’ll show you how I learned to do that in more detail in another post!


  1. Jeannie Steger says:

    Hi Kathryn,
    I would love to see the photos of your barstools after you recovered them, but for some reason, I can’t get the pictures to open up.
    The link to the Ethan Home barstools will open up, but the other pictures won’t.


    • Kathryn LeMaster says:

      Hi Jeannie! I am so sorry that the images weren’t showing – I believe there was a glitch, but hopefully they are showing up now. Let me know if you still can’t see them for some reason and I’ll look into it again. Thanks for bringing this to my attention! -Kathryn

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