I found these two sturdy swivel bar stools in my NYC building’s basement. Someone had decided they didn’t need them anymore – so I scooped them up before they hit the curb (and ultimately then the landfill). They were in almost perfect shape, except the cushions were a bit stained and the plush fabric gave it a feel from the 80’s.
I picked up some faux leather fabric from the Garment District in Manhattan (2 yards for $7) and began to transform the stools.
First, I removed the cushion from the main stool by unscrewing the four screws that held it to the base. Then, using a screwdriver and needle nose pliers, I carefully removed the fabric and all staples.
I used the original upholstery as a guide to mark the new fabric, double checking with the seat and cushion before cutting.
Here are all the tools needed:
I then start stapling the fabric to the seat. I begin by stapling on opposite sides, pulling the fabric tightly around the edge until I have eight equidistant points around the edges. Then I carefully begin pulling, folding and stapling small sections in between – like making pleats but keeping it smooth on the edge.
Here is a photo showing half of the first stage and half of the second:
Then I trim the excess fabric
Once the staples are all in, I reattached the seat to the base and VOILA!
A new, improved swivel bar stool!