DIY Accent Stool – Repurposed Barstool

I purchased two barstools back in 2011 for $6.00. I’m sure you’re asking me why I still have those stools, but honestly I knew that I would be able to put them to good use at some point. I originally purchased them to move into an apartment my senior year of college, but that ended up falling through and I moved back home… But for some reason, I kept the stools.

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Fast forward to 9 years later, I finally knew what I wanted to do with the barstools, I wanted to repurpose them into accent stools for my bathroom.

I ended up using supplies and tools that I already had at home so this project literally cost me $0.00 out of pocket. I’ll admit that it did take a bit of time to cut down the legs, sand, stain, prime, and paint… but I couldn’t be happier with the results.

Here’s the before and after!

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If you’re interested in completing a project like this at home here’s what you need. I’ve also outlined the steps for you below. CLICK HERE for a visual of my entire process.

Tools/Supplies

Method

  1. If your stool is assembled, use your drill or screwdriver to take it apart.
  2. If required, cut down the stool legs to your desired length.
  3. Using your sander and 80 grit sandpaper, sand the wood pieces you plan on using in your finished stool. You want to make sure there’s no paint or gloss on the wood pieces.
  4. Once all the old paint or gloss is removed, re-sand with the 120 grit sandpaper. This step ensures a smooth finish for the stain, paint, and polyurethane.
  5. Stain the legs of your stool and let dry completely.
  6. While your stain dries, prime the top of your stool.
  7. After the legs of your stool have dried, tape of your legs at the desired height using painters tape.
  8. Once legs are taped off, use a foam roller to paint primer to the top half of the stool, remove painters tape, and let dry.
  9. After the primer is dry, retape the legs and paint the legs and stool top with your desired paint color. Remove the tape while the paint is still wet and let it dry for 2 hours.
  10. After the paint has dried, re-tape the legs and paint the top and legs on final time. Remove the tape while the paint is still wet and then let the paint dry completely.
  11. Once the paint is dry, use a foam roller to coat the stool in an initial layer of polyurethane on the legs and top and let dry for 20 minutes. Recoat two more times.
  12. Let the stool dry overnight to cure.
  13. Once dry, reassemble the stool!

Protect the Pantry: Croutons

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Last week I posted an introduction to my “Protect the Pantry” series. If you didn’t have a chance to read it, please do so by CLICKING HERE!

The goal of this series is to create dialogue and conversation around food waste. There as so many ways we can grocery shop in our own kitchens and create food and meals with items we already have. I also want to encourage you to recycle or re purpose foods you might otherwise toss out.

Recently I purchased a loaf of Italian bread. I’m not sure why, but I did. By the end of the week i’d used only half the loaf, with no intention of using the rest. As I was sitting there meal planning for the week I wanted to find a way to re purpose this slightly stale bread.

Then I remembered, there’s almost no better way to re purpose bread than using it for croutons. Here are 4 simple steps:

Step 1: Tear or cut leftover bread to bite sized cubes.

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Step 2: Toss in olive oil, melted butter, or a combination of both — being sure not to saturate the bread.

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Step 3: Season — I typically use Italian seasoning and Parmesan cheese but be sure to try your own flavor combination.

Step 4:Toast in a 400°F oven for 5-10 minutes until your desired crispiness! Enjoy on top your salad or as a snack! Store in an airtight container. 

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I decided to base my weekly meals around ingredients that I could use in multiple recipes and that used ingredients I already had in my pantry and fridge. I settled on a Black and Blue salad as a backdrop for my croutons.

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My salad was inspired by Creme de la Crumb. I used romaine lettuce, skirt steak, caramelized onions, tomatoes, avocado, and croutons. I topped with Honest Fare’s Guitless Blue Cheese Dressing

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