How to revamp old bar stools

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Revamping a bar stool can turn one person's trash into another person's treasure. Bargain shoppers and garage sale followers know the secret of taking discarded items, updating them and giving them a whole new life. Bar stools are no different. Many times discarded from basements still sporting the 1960’s retro theme, bar tools can be cleaned up, shined up and reintroduced as something new and hip. The trick is knowing how to revamp the old bar stool.

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Things you need

  • Rust inhibitive primer
  • Metal paint
  • Emory cloth or fine sand paper
  • Protective face mask

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  1. 1

    Preliminarily clean the bars tool. Depending the bar stool condition, you might have to clean off dust off surface dust, dirt and grime before you can begin to revamp the old bar stool.

  2. 2

    Detach the seat. In order to truly revamp the bar stool you’re going to have to take some pieces apart. Taking off the seat will allow you to access all of the hard to reach rusted areas both on the bar stool legs and the underside of the seat.

  3. 3

    Remove the rust. Using the Emory cloth or sand paper sand down all of the rusted areas. This will take quite a bit of patience depending on the condition of the bar stool. Continue sanding until all of the rust is removed and the surface is smooth. Make sure you are wearing your protective face mask to prevent inhaling the rust particles.

  4. 4

    Wipe down the sanded bar stool and seat with the old cloth. This step is important. If you don’t wipe off the excess rust particles, the paint will not go on smoothly.

  5. 5

    Apply a metal primer. Make sure you use a primer that is sandable and has a rust inhibitor. Once the primer is applied look around the chair to make sure it was applied evenly. If there are drip marks, wait until the primer is dry and sand the bar stool areas that are unevenly primed.

  6. 6

    Spray on metallic paint. This is what brings your old barstool back to life. The metallic paint will give it a nice chrome finish. Take your time when doing this to ensure that it is applied evenly. Allow to dry.

  7. 7

    Re attach the bar seat. Now that all the metal on the rust is gone and the bar stool metal looks good as new, it’s time to reattach the bar seat.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a well-ventilated area when sanding and painting.

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