Barstool Update

I can’t believe it has been a month since I started our kitchen makeover! A lot has happened in these last four weeks, and awesome friends, the end is in sight!!

This is the last project I have to share before the big reveal!! If you are new here, you can see what our kitchen looked like before HERE.

Today is Trash-to-Treasure Tuesday and I’m sharing how I updated our barstools, even though they aren’t exactly what you’d call trash:

These were a Christmas gift from my in-laws a few years ago and were originally from Ballards. Such a generous gift, and I was very grateful for them. They were just beautiful!

Our kitchen got a fresh new paint job since that photo was taken and the tops of these stools were starting to look a little worn, so they were in need of a refresh.

The tops were vinyl and were easy to wipe clean so I decided to stick with vinyl for this update:

Barstools covered in white vinyl with chrome nailhead trim from

The white is so fresh and clean in this bright new space. I decided to swap out the old nailhead trim for chrome nailheads:

Barstools covered in white vinyl with chrome nailhead trim from

They work nicely with the chrome cabinet hardware and new pendant lights:

New chrome pendant lights

I purposely took photos that didn’t show the new backsplash. It is all complete and looks so pretty, but I wanted to save it for reveal day!

Barstools covered in white vinyl with chrome nailhead trim from

To recover these stools, I started by removing the old nailhead trim. I decided to keep the old vinyl in tact and just cover over it. It was stapled in place along the entire edge and I wasn’t looking for that much work.

Luckily the look I wanted worked out great since I could reuse the old nailhead holes…

I inserted a new nailhead in every other hole. They are what is holding the new vinyl in place… no staples this time. I measured the new vinyl from edge to edge both ways and used my rotary cutter and straight edge to cut it to fit.

I started by adding a few nailheads to each side to secure it in place…

Then I pulled it as taut as I could in the corners, trimmed the vinyl as straight as possible, and then inserted the nailheads to hold it in place. There is one small fold on each corner that was unavoidable.

Barstools covered in white vinyl with chrome nailhead trim from

Works for me!

And did you notice what else I got done?? I cleaned the tile grout! I shared how I did it without noxious chemicals in my bathroom makeover post HERE.

SO much better! You can see how gross it was before in the photos I took while I was working on the stools above. I bought grout sealer but still need to do that.

Barstools covered in white vinyl with chrome nailhead trim from


Barstools covered in white vinyl with chrome nailhead trim from


Barstools covered in white vinyl with chrome nailhead trim from

If you’ve missed any of my kitchen posts so far, you can get caught up here:

Backsplash Sneak Peek

Knife Block Makeover

New Pendant Lights and we have Glass!

DIY Range Hood Cover

Kitchen Island Makeover with Beadboard

Kitchen Makeover Progress: We have paint!

Kitchen Before

Don’t forget my favorite treasure-maker friends have Trash-to-Treasure makeovers to share with you today too!

1.  Girl in the Garage

2.  Prodigal Pieces

3.  Bless’er House

4.  Artsy Chicks Rule


You can visit all my Trash-to-Treasure Tuesday posts HERE

I’m hoping to share our finished kitchen Thursday if I can get it done, but if not, definitely by Tuesday!

UPDATE: Our kitchen is finally complete! See the big reveal HERE



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  1. Mary Kaiser says

    Wow they look amazing now. Simple changes make such a amazing difference. You lucked out that you were just able to cover the old vinyl. They look beautiful in your kitchen. Looking forward to seeing your finished kitchen.

    • Thank you, Mary! I really did luck out with these as they weren’t too bad to redo at all! Can’t wait to share the whole shebang! XOXO

  2. ColleenB.-Tx. says

    WOW! Two thumbs up. With your kitchen being updated; Everything looks Amazing; like walking into a whole new kitchen. Kitchen looks so much brighter. Great job.

    • Thank you, Colleen! It really is so far from where it started. SO glad to see the finish line in sight! XOXO

  3. The stools look great, and I can’t wait for the kitchen reveal!!

  4. Lori troxclair says

    Every morning when I wake up I think “Is today Tuesday or Thursday ?” That’s how I anticipate seeing your makeovers !!!!!!!

  5. Christina in SW FL says

    Oh my, nicely done Christy! I adore the white vinyl. I admit I would have been concerned the new nail heads wouldn’t stay put in the old holes. Go you! You did it! And your grout looks fabulous as well. You’ve been one busy woman!! I bet you are loving your new kitchen. 🙂
    Enjoy and have a marvelous rest of your week. I look forward to Thursday. 🙂

    • Thank you, Christina! Those nail heads are so dang hard to get out, and almost as equally difficult to get back in, so hopefully they are there to stay LOL! I can’t wait to share the whole space!! XOXO

  6. Love the stools! You did a great job on them as well as the floors. Can’t wait for the reveal!

  7. Very nice; the grout is unbelievable!!!!!!!!!

    • Thank you, Sharon! I’m so glad I waited to see how the grout cleaned up before making a decision on the floors because I think it came out so good! XOXO

  8. You did a great job refreshing these counter stools, they are just perfect!

  9. They look so good, I never thought of white vinyl but how modern and practical! I did notice the grout in the photo of you sitting down, I thought well she either cleaned the grout or she’s worrying over nothing. LOL. Looking forward to the reveal. They say kitchens sell houses so your hard work and talent just raised the value of your home, plus you get to live in it and admire it every morning!!

    • Thank you so much, Gina!! Yes the grout was pretty disgusting before. That is one of the things I am the most excited about LOL. And I never even thought about our kitchen raising the value of our home… Excellent point! XOXO

  10. Great job! They fit your space well. That grout!!- amazing difference! I still LOVE those lights too! Can’t WAIT to see the finished space! You are SO good at diving in to a project and moving things along! I mean, you FINISH things, haha! I get distracted and have to get tough with myself to get anything truly done. Well done here!

    • Thank you so much, Becky! Honestly, I think it would take me twice as long if I didn’t blog about each step along the way LOL. You guys keep me motivated and moving! XOXO

  11. Robyn Wright says

    You have been working your little tail off! BTW: Is everything you do self-taught? Everything looks so beautiful! Congratulations!

    • Thanks, Robyn! I have…looking forward to slowing down for a bit when this space is officially done lol! And yep…I’ll pretty much try anything once ha ha, but my parents were the same…always working on something! XOXO

  12. Oh my goodness! Those look fantastic! I just redid some stools with rush seats. Would love to make cushions for them. I’m inspired now! And wow, girlfriend! I think I need to clean my kitchen grout now. Looks great. Can’t wait to see the whole reveal!

    • Thank you, Cecilia! I bet your stools are beautiful! And yes, clean grout really makes a huge difference, right? This is one of the projects I am most excited about LOL! I guess because it’s been a long time coming! XOXO

  13. Your bar stools look spectacular and the grout… omgosh…what a difference!!! Have an amazing day Christy! XO

  14. Marcie Lovett says

    The stools add a bright, fresh touch and didn’t take as much time as your other projects.You mean the grout wasn’t tan? OMG, what a difference!

    • Thank you, Marcie! And Yep the stools weren’t too bad at all! As for the grout… It was so gross LOL. That’s one of my favorite projects so far ha ha! XOXO

  15. Love them! Perfect in the updated kitchen.

  16. OMG! I hate this abbreviation, but it’s the only thing that seems fitting! I had to scroll back up because I couldn’t believe it was the same stools! Great job!

  17. Definitely an improvement in the look of the barstools. I like it.

  18. They look SO good now! So fresh and bright! And the grout looks amazing too! Just like new! 🙂 xoxo

    • Thanks, Nancy! They work so much better in the space now. And I think the cleaned grout might be my favorite thing in this space lol! XOXO

  19. Wow, what a difference even though it was a fairly simple makeover! Love the new look, Christy – can’t wait to see the full kitchen reveal! xo

  20. Wow, it’s so pretty. I to have a small cabinet to the right of my sink. I’ve been thinking about also taking down the cabinet. I Can’t wait to see the end results!i have the same layout.

    • Thank you, Jackie! I replaced that cabinet with shelves and it looks so much better! 🙂 XO


    Love the transformation. I have to ask…..Where did you find those barstools? They are perfect.

  22. Looks great!! I just ruined a couple of barstools (don’t let anyone tell you that you can spray paint vinyl) I’ll do anything to get out of having to recover a piece of furniture. But now, this is my only solution besides throwing them to the curb. Can you please tell me how much fabric or vinyl you used? Would 1 yard cover them both? If I hate recovering furniture, you can only imagine how I feel about cleaning grout! Good job. Looking forward to your reply.

    • Thank you, Beth, and oh no! I’ve never tried to spray paint vinyl before, but I have used chalk paint on vinyl suitcases before and it did great. You might want to google it and see if that might work for you? One yard should be enough if you decide to recover…there’s three feet in a yard. Good luck! XOXO


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