Saturday, May 7, 2011

Stools for the Kitchen

I found these stools on craigslist for $10 for the pair.
I immediately threw out the awful green checkered cushion covers.  Yuck.  Then I tried to figure out what in the world to do with them.  I had no use for them and thought of redoing them and selling them.  After a few days contemplation, I decided that they might just work in my kitchen.  They are the perfect height to go under the table and the perfect height to raise the kids up a few inches higher than the regular kitchen chairs do.  So I went looking through my crafty stuff to see what I could find to redo them in without having to buy anything. 

First, I sanded, primed, and painted the bases blue.  I love blue.

So now, what to do, what to do?  Hmmm... I had several options of leftover fabric to choose from...

I ended up going with the brown polka dotted fabric because using it would tie the den and kitchen together a little more since the den chair was recently covered in his fabric.  Since we knocked down the wall between the kitchen and the den, the rooms are much more visible to each other.  I have to put a little extra effort into coordinating the two than I did before. 
Another reason I went with this fabric is that I know the kids will be sitting on these to eat and therefore the stools will probably endure their fair share of spills and stains.  The darker fabric will cover the messes better than my other two fabric options. 

I broke out the sewing machine, which was very dusty and sad.  It's been a while since I've sewn anything.  The kitchen curtains were the last thing I sewed and that was before Thanksgiving last year.  My biggest concern, or challenge rather, with this project is that I have never sewn anything round.  I have made lots of sets of curtains, I've made a crib skirt (when my big girl Lilly was in a crib), and tons of pillows.  But never anything round.  Here we go.

 It wasn't as hard as I expected.  In fact, I was surprised at how easy it was. I think they turned out quite nice. 

What do you think?  I think the kids are going to love sitting on them instead of the chairs.  Not bad for a $10 purchase!


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