When we first started building our home I knew I needed bar stools for our large island. I searched and searched for something that would go with what else I was planning and pretty much everything I loved was at least $100 per stool. My husband really wanted a back which made my options even slimmer.
We went to Ikea and when I saw these Franklin IKEA bar stools I knew they had some potential. The original gray of the metal would not look very good with my shiny chrome cabinet pulls and the gold I had all over the rest of the house. Enter spray paint.
I am a little bit spray paint happy. The first step is admitting you have a problem, right? It’s just so easy and can make things look so pretty! Especially gold spray paint.
I’ve tried several types of gold spray paint but this Rustoleum gold has become my go to. (I can assure you this is not the only time you’ll see me using this.)
What you’ll need
This DIY is so simple. But it does require the following:
- IKEA Bar Stool
- Spray Paint
- Spray Grip (optional. But not really. Get one of these!)
- Philips Head Screw Driver
- Hexagon wrench
- Painters Tape
Some other barstools that can work for this (or that I would do something similar with!):
- I love the adjustable factor of these. I also like the black of the seat a lot.
- These are little more pricey but I love this style so much!
- These are by far the least expensive option and are great if you don’t want a back. Plus, they’re also adjustable!
Start by unscrewing the back and seat off the metal parts of the bar stool. I made sure to lay them down exactly how I unscrewed them so I could remember how to put it all back together.
Tape off the parts you don’t want gold. I wanted to keep the little feet black as well as the foot bar.
Start spray painting! A few quick tips I’ve learned about spray painting: shake the can more than you even think is necessary. Regularly. It will make your life a lot easier. Spray at about 6-8 inches away or your paint might run. If you aren’t using the little sprayer attachment, make sure to note if buildup is occurring on the nozzle or it could drip globs of paint where you don’t want it.
I put the screws that would be visible back in after the first coat so that they could get some gold too.
Put your stool back together and enjoy!
We have three of these and I personally love the look of them in our kitchen. They look pretty nice for only $40 each if I do say so myself!
- $40 stool
- $4 spray paint
- $5 spray attachment (optional)
- $3 tape
- Total: $52
I had a few of these things on hand so only needed to spend $40!