His & Her Bar Stools

bar stools, espresso, painted bar stools, personalized bar stools

Every time my parents are over for dinner they end up standing at the kitchen counter and chatting with us as we prepare the meal. It never fails that my mom says something like, “You know it would be really great if you guys had some bar stools right here.”

And my response is always something like this, “Yeah yeah, I know. It’s on the list.”

Well, instead of going out and purchasing some new bar stools, I remembered that we had an old pair out in the garage that just might do the trick. For the past few years we’ve been using them as our painting stools and besides a few paint splatters they are in really good shape. So I decided to give them a new look :)

First, I gave them a good cleaning. Then, I sanded down all of those paint splatters so the finish was smooth again.

I wanted a dark espresso color and at the time this was the darkest brown I could find.

After the first coat was applied I was less than thrilled with the color. It wasn’t the rich espresso I was looking for.

After a quick run to the store to pick up a richer brown, I gave this cute pair another coat and I was HAPPY.

I made the stencil myself with just a quick project in Word ($.00). I originally wanted to do more than just the ‘W’, but I ended up liking the simplicity of it and decided to stop while I was ahead.

Here’s the finished product…They aren’t perfect, but for less than $10 and a personalized touch? I’ll take it!

espresso bar stools, painted bar stools

espresso bar stools, painted bar stools, spray paint


Taryn is the owner/editor of Design, Dining and Diapers, a lifestyle blog that focuses on DIY home decor, design, seasonal crafts, easy recipes and just being a mom! She is all about making things for less by upcycling thrift store finds and using what’s on hand. Taryn lives in the greater Seattle area with her husband, 3 year old daughter and 1 year old son.

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  1. says

    We have a similar set of bar stools and I hate them. But your makeover turned out amazing. I will have to try it on ours. I would love for you to stop by DIY Home Sweet Home today and link up your bar stools and any other projects you would like to share. Happy Monday!!


  2. Kim says

    These look amazing! I would love to know the name of the 2nd spray paint you used. I want to do this project myself. Thanks!!! Kim

    • says

      Hi Kim! I am so sorry but I honestly don’t think I could give you the correct name. I did these a long time ago and unfortunately I don’t have the cans anymore. I really apologize :(

  3. Heather says

    I love these, great job!! Did you have to put on a clear coat or poly? Are they holding up nicely to all the use? I am just getting in to refinish some of my furniture (barstools are first on my list) but I am wondering if I am going to need to clear coat/poly everything to withstand the test of time.

    • says

      Hi Heather! I did these several years ago and I have actually switched them out since then. I didn’t do a coat of poly on them at the time, but it wouldn’t be a bad idea, it would definitely help them with wear!

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