Creating a burlap bar stool is not difficult. The difficult part is not covering the entire house with burlap!
I just love the rustic feel of it and the earthy tones. You can add lace, stamp, print, recycled jewelry and create all sorts of things.
When I was decorating my home bar (it all started here), I decided I wanted a rustic feel to it.
If you look at my front bar chairs redo I chose burlap and added some prints to create a “faux” coffee bag look to them. Coffee bags can be pricey and burlap is not.
So it was easy to just recreate the coffee bag look with stamps and save a ton!
But I needed more bar stools and tables for the home bar, but I didn’t want them to be as big as the ones in front of the bar.
The Burlap Bar Stools had to Start Somewhere
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I found these simple bar stools for only $16 bucks each. Not bad considering I needed at least 6 of them.
Because I wanted to create that rustic look I decided to add some dings and chips. This is optional.
I just used a hammer and chains and worked on the legs (the only visible thing after I added the burlap). Then I applied some light stain over the legs to enhance the dings.
Let it dry for a few days (don’t forget to do some light sanding over the original varnish or the stain will never stick).
Materials for the Burlap Bar Stools
- Bar stool (choose the height that is appropriate for your counter or bar height)
- Burlap (you can choose an earth tone color or any color that goes with your decor)
- Painter’s drop cloth or any fabric liner matching the color of the burlap
- Foam (choose the density according to how “tall” you want the cushion to be)
- Upholstery Stapler
- 7/8″ Electro Galvanized Roofing nails
- Spray Glue
- Stamp or Stencil (your design choice)
- Paint for the design (choose a contrasting color that matches your design)
- Spray paint for the nailheads
Putting the base foam and liner together
Start by cutting the foam using the stool seat as your guide. I just used a cardboard to create my pattern. Easier that way, instead of balancing the stool over the foam.
Once you have the foam sized, spray some of the spray glue over the wood seat and place the foam over it.
Let it dry for a few minutes.
Notice I improvised with my foam and used a piece of mattress topper because the foam I had was too thin and I was sure the husband would complain about that. Sigh!
Once the glue is dry you can start stapling the liner:
Be sure to pull the liner tightly to avoid bunching on the side of the stool. You don’t want any lumps showing under your burlap.
Here it is with the liner all stapled:
It’s not suuuuper perfect but it will do.
The Burlap Bar stool is finally taking shape
After the liner is in, it’s time for the burlap. This part is exciting because you can see your progress very quickly.
So just like the liner, start stapling your burlap, being careful to pull around the sides as you staple.
Now, silly me forgot to take a picture of the bar stool after stapling and before the nail heads so the pic above is just a close-up.
The next step is the fun part.
Prepping the nailheads
You will need a cardboard or any styrofoam you have available so you can line up the nails for paint. You will need quite a few nails for each stool you are creating (about 35 nails on average).
Simply stick each nail onto the cardboard or styrofoam so they are standing. Do not press all the way in because you still want part of the “stem” of the nail painted to make sure nothing shows on the side when they are nailed onto the stool.
Spray away!! They will be ready to go in an hour.