When Kevin and I moved into our house, the previous owners left several items behind that we have used in various ways. One of those left-behind goodies is this pair of barstools:
Ugly? Yes. Beat up, scratched, and overall in a state of serious distress? Absolutely. But we actually used them until we got our cute & comfy permanent barstools. What to do with the old ones? Throwing them away was out of the question, but repurposing them? Totally in my wheelhouse.
After thinking about it for awhile, I decided our upstairs guest room needed bedside tables . . . so that’s what they were going to become: nightstands. I started by cleaning them up and a light buff with a sanding block. Then I spray painted them a creamy color I purchased from Lowes. Once they dried, I used a thicker twine (Blue Hawk 108 lb, 3/8 in Twisted Sisal Rope purchased from Lowes) to create 2 shelves using the foot rungs.
You have a few options when attaching the twine to make your shelf: hot glue, strong double-sided tape, even tacking it to the rung. Unfortunately, I did not have any of those options the day I decided to do this project. Solution: duct tape. The brilliant thing is because you wrap over your ends, no one will ever know. Although I want it noted that I did use a cream-colored duct tape and not your standard metallic silver (so I think I should get some style points for that!)
Cost: Barstools (free) + sanding block (already had) + 3 cans of spray paint ($12) + twine ($25) = $37 for 2 ah-dorable nightstands. That makes me one happy girl!
I wasn't the only one who enjoyed this project:
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