I had such a great response to my last DIY post that I wanted share with y’all another one: our IKEA kitchen barstool hack! During the kitchen design process, I knew that I wanted some sort of upholstered stools for our island. I searched for days and couldn’t find any that felt just right (and weren’t hundreds of dollars).
And then I found IKEA’s bar and counter stools. The perfect shape, cushion, and (best of all) price. Only issue was that they looked the opposite of my vision… nothing a little paint can’t fix!
STEP ONE: Pick up (or order online) your IKEA barstools. The one I ordered was an option without a cushion cover, since I planned to purchase that elsewhere.
STEP TWO: Purchase your custom slipcovers! I contacted Michelle and she created a custom order with this fabric I found on Fabric.com. The processing time was SUPER fast and the quality is outstanding!!
STEP THREE: Assembly + paint! Assemble your barstool(s) and spray paint your legs the desired color. To make sure that the look was nice and crisp, I removed the metal foot plate and covered the velcro (on the cushions) with painters tape. TIP: When using spray paint, more thin coats is best. It took four coats to get a flawless finish, even over top of the nearly black legs.
STEP FOUR: Let the paint dry. This is really important – you don’t want to rush this part and ruin your perfect paint! I suggest moving the stools somewhere either indoors or sheltered and then letting them sit for 12 hours. After the paint has dried, reattach the metal foot plate.
STEP FIVE: Put on your custom slipcovers and enjoy! It really is that easy to create totally custom barstools!
Bonus: Don’t forget felt pads for the bottom of the stool legs!
Michelle also makes custom slipcovers for other IKEA furniture, so you can transform pretty much anything! Check out her shop here.
Our island was another IKEA project that I’m super proud of. The short version is that our island is made of Sektion lower cabinets attached to a custom frame, and then topped with a countertop from a local company. Overall that was a pretty detailed project to plan and execute… definitely one for another blog post!
Have you transformed any IKEA pieces?