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Cane bar stool painted black with black fabric seat


Breathe new life into an old stool with this quick and easy D.I.Y. upcycling hack. From drab to fab! Here's how.


1Gather your tools and materials

Below are all of the tools and materials you’ll need to complete this project.
Old cane bar stool and tools and materials for this project

2Remove the top of your stool

Before you start, remove the fabric part of your stool – this makes sanding much easier. Use a screwdriver to unscrew the seat from the frame, and remember to hang onto your screws for reattachment later. Set everything aside – we'll get to the top part later. 

Person standing next to cane bar stool with seat removed on a work bench

3Sand the stool base

Grab a flexible sanding block and get to work on the legs of your stool – you want to give these a good roughing up so the new paint adheres well. You'll also want to remove any old varnish or paint. Don't go too hard though – sand just enough to get the gloss off the frame. Once you're done use a microfibre cloth to wipe away the dust.

Person sanding a cane bar stool with a sanding pad

4Spray the stool frame

We are using black quick-dry enamel paint. This comes in a spray can – give it a good shake before you apply. Hold the can about 20cm from the stool, and spray in long, even strokes, applying two coats for a nice, glossy finish. 

Handy hint: After you've finished spraying, clean your nozzle by holding your can upside down and pressing until just clear gas comes out. And remember – pop down a drop sheet and wear your mask and eye protection. 

Person spray painting a cane bar stool with black paint

5Re-upholster your stool seat

Grab your chosen fabric and lay it flat on your table. Place your seat top-down in the middle of the material – you'll need to make sure you have enough material to stretch right across the top of it. Use scissors to cut around your desired length, then grab a staple gun and attach your fabric to the seat. Do opposite ends first, before the rest of the circle. Fold over and staple the fabric on each fold – this ensures your seat won't be too bulky on the sides.

Person attaching new fabric to a bar stool seat using a staple gun

6Re-attach seat and frame

And you're done! How great does your new stool look? Remember, you can customise your stool in any colour, using any fabric you like. The sky's the limit!

Person attaching seat to a bar stool using a screwdriver

7Watch the full episode

Check out the full episode from Make It Yours season one for more kitchen and dining inspiration with Hause of Cruze.

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.