this old stool had been sitting in my basement since we moved in three years ago. it was just awkward sitting alone anywhere and to be honest, i hated the color and the finish. it's solid wood, but that shiny honey oak just wasn't doing it for me.
i saw this idea on pinterest (surprise, surprise) to turn your old bar stool into a night stand. perfect! we needed an extra night stand in our newly updated room and i'm not all into the matchy, matchy so this was a perfect idea since we only had the one stool. (don't ask me how that happened.)
here's what i started with:
an old barstool (sanded to get the finish off)
an old rag
a piece of plywood that leshia's husband cut into a circle for me--we measured the top of the stool and went 2" out on each side
i put two coats of the stain on the stool and it was still a bit light for me, so i added a coat of minwax provincial, too. it darkened it up nicely, but by itself i think it would have been too red. i like to use a rag for projects like this instead of a brush. sometimes brushes apply the stain too thick and leave runs in places you can't see.
after i let that dry, i painted the top with a coat of a satin paint. sorry, i'm not sure of the name of it. it was just something we had down in the basement. i wasn't happy with the finish...it still looked a little "undone", so i sanded the edges and rubbed stain where i sanded to distress it a bit. after that dried, i applied two coats of polyurethane to seal it from any wear and tear.
here's the finished product. i do love it!
oh, and i attached the top to the stool with a nail. can't see it a bit, now. you could also use glue or epoxy of some kind.