DIY Reupholstered Thrifted Bar Stools

The hunt has been on for temporary bar stools since we’ve been in this home. New ones have been out of the budget, and truthfully my interior style has been changing so often that I knew I did not want to splurge until I truly knew what would be the perfect option to flow with our living space.


I had seen several DIY videos showcasing easy to do reupholstering and I knew it was a project I needed to try whenever the opportunity presented itself. For this reason, I invested in a staple gun. So glad I did because a few weeks later I scored two bar stools from Goodwill for $10! They were having a half off sale and I knew with a little TLC they would look practically new.


Here are the simple steps I did in order to update these bar stools. Fabric was the only thing that needed to be changed, as everything else was in perfect condition.

1. Remove screws holding the seat together from underneath the chair. Pop out the piece

2. Begin to remove the black covering

3. Use scissors if needed to remove the fabric

4. Cut appropriate sizing using fabric of your choice. I used drop cloth that had previously been pre-lightened with bleach. Wrap chunks of fabric taught and staple in place

5. Complete by stapling in final piece for a cleaner look. You can choose to use a newer piece, but I stuck with the older one and didn’t mind since no one will be peeking under!


Here’s the final result! It’s easy as pie and looks updated + fresh.

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