My Dad was cleaning out his backyard this week, and he was about to throw away this perfectly rusted stool. No way!

Right when I saw it, I knew it had potential. So naturally, I hoarded it. It’s a shame he only had one though. He said he used to have three more, but he threw them out a while ago because the legs were falling apart.  I would’ve loved to have a full set!

I wanted to reupholster the stool with either orange or teal fabric (our website colors), but I couldn’t decide which one, so I posted the question yesterday on Facebook and Instagram: Orange or teal?  The responses were pretty even, with a slightly higher push towards teal.

Reupholstered Vintage Industrial Bar Stool

It was a tough call.  I figured I’d just go to Joann’s Fabric to see what the options were.  Well, none of their orange fabric caught my eye (they were either too bright or didn’t have enough texture), so I ended up going with teal.  Thanks, everyone, for your input!  I ended up buying  1.5 feet of teal fabric.  Total was $3.49 with a 40% off coupon, of course.

I was so excited to get started!  If you ever plan on working on a DIY project like this, here’s a quick way.  It only took me about an hour.

1)  Clean the stool.  Flip it over, and remove the screws.  There was one stubborn screw that would not budge.  It was stripped, and there was no way I was going to be able to get it out, so I worked with it attached.  I just lifted the seat and twisted it to the side, as seen in the next set of pictures.Refurbished Vintage Stool

2)  Spray the seat with adhesive.  One coat is enough.  I made the mistake of spraying two coats, and it puddled in one spot.  It did not dry clear, but I didn’t care much since this stool was going to stay outside in the backyard anyway.  If you notice puddles of adhesive, wipe some off before placing the fabric over it!  Reupholstered Vintage Industrial Stool

3)  Lay the fabric over the seat, and start pulling it underneath the backing.  While you pull the fabric, start twisting the seat back into place.
Reupholstered Industrial Stool

4)  Use a pair of scissors or a screwdriver to live the seat as you pull.  Then, flip it over and continue to pull until all of the fabric is beneath the metal backing.  If you’re able to get the seat entirely off, use a staple gun to secure the fabric.  If not, just tie it on the bottom corners together as tight as you can like I did.  Nobody’s going to see it.Reupholstered Shabby Industrial Stool

And that’s it!  You now have a vintage shabby chic industrial stool!  I placed mine by the garden.  Love how it looks next to the old shovel! Refurbished Vintage Industrial Stool

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