Burlap Bar Stool redo amigas4all.com

How to Create a Charming Farmhouse Burlap Bar Stool

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!

amigas4all, bar decor, rustic stool, rustic chair, burlap

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.

See here:


And because I needed quite a few stools for each of my bar height tables (the big table and the corner table) they had to be cheap and smaller. 

The Burlap Bar Stools had to Start Somewhere

This post contains affiliate links. I may make a commission from any purchases you make through these links without any extra cost to you. This is how I make sure my foster birds have plenty of wooden toys to play until they find their forever home

I found these simple bar stools for only $16 bucks each. Not bad considering I needed at least 6 of them. 

Burlap Bar Stool Redo image before redo amigas4all pic

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

  1. Bar stool (choose the height that is appropriate for your counter or bar height)
  2. Burlap (you can choose an earth tone color or any color that goes with your decor)
  3. Painter’s drop cloth or any fabric liner matching the color of the burlap
  4. Foam (choose the density according to how “tall” you want the cushion to be)
  5. Upholstery Stapler 
  6. 7/8″ Electro Galvanized Roofing nails
  7. Spray Glue
  8. Scissors
  9. Hammer 
  10. Stamp or Stencil (your design choice)
  11. Paint for the design (choose a contrasting color that matches your design)
  12. 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.

Burlap Bar stool redo cardboard image on foam amigas4all pattern

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.

burlap bar stool redo with foam upside down liner

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:

burlap bar stool liner amigas4all

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:

Burlap bar stool redo stapled amigas4all

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.

burlap bar stool seat after amigas4all

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.

burlap bar stool nailheads prep amigas4all

Since I wanted to match the nailheads on my bar tables and the actual bar, I chose I rusty brown color for my nailheads.

burlap bar stool redo nailheads painted


amigas4all nail heads pipe table








Not quite the same color but close.

I wish I could afford real “clavos” but they are oh so pricey.

I think the “faux” ones turned out great and at a fraction of the cost.

The box comes with over 300 (1lb) of these guys and I had plenty left when I was done. The real “clavos” cost an average of $0.50c each or more. Considering you need an average of 35 nails per stool, it can add up.

Time to add the nailheads to the stool

This part can be fun or frightening at the same time. You don’t want to hammer your fingers but you also want to see the finished product too.

The first thing you need to do is cover your hammer with a little bit of foam or a folded up piece of fabric at the head of the hammer.

The reason is, if you don’t cover the hammer the painted nails can flake off or scratch and you also risk bending the nailhead.

Here is my nifty hammer:

Burlap bar stool redo hammer head amigas4all

The next step is nailing these babies to the side of the stool.

When you do, you can use a needle nose plyer to help you hold the nail while you hammer far enough that the nail won’t fly off your hand. 

But before you do all the hammering, you have one more little step:

Cut a 2 inch wide strip of burlap that is long enough to wrap around the circumference of the stool plus an inch extra just in case.

burlap bar stool strip cut amigas4all

Next, fold it on one side (1/2 in), and then fold the other side over it (you can use an iron to flatten it and make things easier).

burlap bar stool redo fold one side amigas4all

burlap bar stool redo folded twice amigas4all










Insert a nailhead onto one end of the burlap strip right in the middle:

burlap bar stool redo folded with nail

Line up that first nail with the base of the bar stool seat and hammer away, adding and separating each nail by one inch. Like so, as you continue to hold the folded strip of burlap:

burlap bar stool redo with nailhead and strip amigas4all

Here it is after all nailheads are in:

burlap bar stool all nailheads in amigas4all

Final Touches!

Now that the burlap was in, it was time to add a final touch: a printed design to spice up the decor. 

Since I was going for “Old West-y/Mexican Rustic” I decided to use a Fleur de Lis design.

You can certainly choose other designs depending on the style you are going for like seashells, starfish, arrows, the sky is the limit here.

You can buy or create your own stencils or use stamps (see my stamp tutorial here).

Here they are!!

burlap bar stool redo 3 chairs amigas4all

burlap bar stool redo 3 chairs sides amigas4all

burlap bar stool final 1 amigas4all

and here they are around one of the tables.

bar height table behind the counter left

I hope you enjoyed this project. Below is another project I worked on to add character to my home bar.

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Pinterest for more projects and updates. Also, sign up for our email list below and receive new projects right in your inbox!

Until next time!


image of bar stool redo with diy coffee bag amigas4all

Bar Decorating Part 3-Bar Stools!

The bar decorating continues with more updates to these rustic bar stools a friend found on Craigslist.

Bar stool redo amigas4all amigas4all, bar redo, chair, rustic stool, rustic chair, bar decor, burlap

I showed you in part 2 what I did to bring these bar stools back to life by cleaning them up and staining them in a light color just to give them some “hydration”.

Today, I will show you how I made my bar stools more comfy and how added stenciled letters to give them some personality! Follow me in this new and exciting chapter of my bar decorating saga (it all started with the first chapter with my bar decorating post).

Personalizing the Bar Stools

This post contains affiliate links. I may make a commission from any purchases you make through these links without any extra cost to you. This is how I make sure my foster birds have a home until they find their forever family

Now that the bar stools were breathing again, I decided to hide some of the imperfections I mentioned on part Deux like the warped seat for example (see below).

bar stools redo amigas4all

To do that I decided that cushions would do the trick. I could also tell that these chairs were pretty hard to sit for a  long time.

We all know that if the game is on it can take a long, looong time to end (yes, the hubs complained also about the hard seats!). So, I figured I needed to make them a little more comfy.

At first, I thought about buying “ready made” cushions from my usual “decorating on a budget stores”. I reaaally wanted these cushions I found on Amazon.


They were comfy and the right color. And I could still personalize them.

Unfortunately, my bar stools were too weird of a size and nothing fit. Sniff! 

The seats are pretty wide and all the cushions I found for purchase were two inches too short in every direction. I thought if I used smaller cushions they would look goofy. So buying was out and I was going to make the cushions myself.

Deciding the materials for the project

When I decided to make cushions I realized that making individual removable cushions would take too much fabric because of the size of the seats. The easiest and cheapest way to do this was to just upholster the seat instead.

Since I wanted to give it a rustic look I thought burlap would do the trick. Burlap is cheap and very versatile (You can get a good quality burlap here for a fraction of the cost).

The other thing I wanted to do was personalize it and make it look like old coffee bags. Let’s get this party started!

materials you will need for the cushions: 

How to upholster The Cushions

I started with foam cut to size.

amigas4all, bar redo, chair, rustic stool, rustic chair, bar decor, burlap, foam

(notice I had to add more foam to make it the size of the chair-I used what I had a home).

Then I cut the burlap with enough material left to cover the foam on the top, sides and under. Once the burlap was lined up, I stapled it to the underside of the chair.

bar stools redo amigas4all

Be careful with the corners! They can be a little tricky to fold and staple. But if you are old school like me I am sure you covered your school books with paper to protect them. So you will know what to do with the corners.

Or if you never did that you can just fold them carefully like an envelope or a “V”. Staple them firmly so they don’t pop out or look bunched up.

amigas4all bar redo rustic bar stools bar decorating corner

It’s not the best picture but you get the idea.

So now that all 4 chairs are “burlapped TM”, it was time to give them a little more personality.

Since I used new burlap I needed to make them look a little more “used”. Or better yet, I wanted them to look like discarded coffee bags!

Of course, because us DIYers fell in love with the whole rustic “everything” these coffee bags have gone up in price. A lot! I have seen coffee bags as high as $50 a piece!!

Luckily if you go to Amazon they have a good selection of decently priced coffee bags for you. Unfortunately, because of my weirdly sized chairs, I needed everything custom sized.  So I had to make my own “faux” coffee bags. It’s all right. I like a challenge like that anyway.

materials to MAke the “faux” coffee bag 

It was actually easy. All you will need is burlap and paint! Ok, you need a few more things but here is the list:

As for the colors, since I’m going for the coffee bag look I thought I would use blacks, blues, reds and greens.

The trick to getting the “coffee bag look” right

The colors in these coffee bags tend to be bold colors. But they have to look worn too so you need to go easy on the amount of paint or they won’t look right. Like these, for example:

amazon coffee bags

Make sure when you paint that you grab just a little bit of paint first with your sponge. Then use a plastic lid or another surface to tap on your sponge before applying it on to the stencil. 

You can use ready made stencils or even print letters and other designs online. You can also create your own stencil. It all depends on the look you want and if you have the time to cut each letter (that’s a lot of work!).

I chose a ready made stencil and used the letters and the cut outs to create more letters and design different logos for my “coffee bags” like the ones below:

amigas4all, bar redo, chair, rustic stool, rustic chair, bar decor, burlap, stencil

amigas4all, bar redo, chair, rustic stool, rustic chair, bar decor, burlap, bar stools amigas4all, bar redo, bar stool, bar decor, rustic chair, rustic stool, bar stools 

Wrapping it up! Pun Intended!

For an extra special touch of Mexican Flair (the theme of my home bar), I wrapped these Mexican scarves to the back of the bar stools (see below). I saw something similar done in a restaurant in Cabo San Lucas (my favorite place in the world!) and I wanted it for my own bar.

It was so cool to bring a little piece of paradise into my home!

amigas4 all, bar redo, stool, rustic stool, chair, bar chair, bar stools

And here are all my “pretties” together, singing in harmony!

amigas5all, bar redo, stool, rustic stools, bar stools, bar chair redo

You can certainly create even more designs and use different style stencils. For my bar I wanted them rustic, “beat-up” and “worn”. I think it’s pretty close.

And yes, I know none of them have coffee written on them but you get the idea. Aren’t these chairs the coolest?! I hope you liked them.

Join me in the next episode of the bar decorating saga. I will show you how I transformed some run-of the-mill bar stools into more seating for the bar. And without taking too much space.

You will use the same concepts we learned today (yes, more stools! and yes, it will be worth it!) .