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  1. I love them–they are absolutely perfect for your kitchen! Such a complement to the honeycomb light above the sink ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Those are so pretty! I have the same stools, but I have left natural for the time being while I decide how to paint them. I love your idea. How will the paint wear, I wonder.

    1. So far so good on the paint wear. I’ve had them like this for a week now. I’m sure it would be a different story had I painted the top of the stool.

  3. My favorite type of post…cheap and adorable! I’m in need of new bar stools as well, so I will have to keep this in mind. Love it.

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  5. Anonymous says:

    Hallo Julia,
    Germany – twelve points!
    They look perfect, what a great idea, Glückwunsch!
    Grüße, Katrin

  6. Megan @ Rappsody in Rooms says:

    Wow! What a quick and easy transformation that really packs a punch! I love these, especially the teal around the top!

  7. These look great and these stools are found in so many homes so I know tons of people can be inspired to jazz up their less-than fabulous stools Julia style!

  8. I really like the stools. They fun and the colors are light and airy. I love the pendant, too.

  9. pam {simple details} says:

    Perfect idea for a custom look, and the accent color is such a fun detail! Awesome photos, too!

  10. Anneke at This, That and Life says:

    They turned out SO great Julia! I love how they look with the other details in the kitchen. And yay for Germany! ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. Hi Julia! I love them! They look awesome. I love that you’ve added the blue accent. I adore them with the rest of your kitchen! Great job.

  12. Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies says:

    ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚
    I WON! WOW!
    I will be so excited when my Jonathan Alder Ear Bud arrives….
    WOW WOW WOW

    The stools might now have cost a million, but they look it! They are perfect! They look great in the space and the light compliments it beautifully!!!

    Thanks again….A wonderful way to start the day!

  13. Love it! Very sweet. I have the same bar stools and recently did a little makeover myself. It’s neat seeing someone do something different with the same piece of furniture : ]

  14. Sarah {Lacquer and Linen} says:

    Love this transformation Julia!!! Your edge work is so crisp, it looks photoshopped! Nice work girl! And I LOVE the light blue with the white and wood!!

  15. Caitlin @ Desert Domicile says:

    Your new stools look great! I love the band of blue and how perfectly the color ties in with your honeycomb pendant ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. I love that you kept the tops as they were! They look great with the pop of blue and contrasting white. You made it work! Love that. Jesse @ Scout & Nimble

  17. soitwasweekend says:

    Oh, they look great! I especially love the colored border ๐Ÿ™‚

    Love, Midsommarflicka

  18. Love, Love them Julia, the way you matched them to your honeycomb light fixture is really nice! a very nice accent color! and they don’t look as if they cost only$15, they go well in your kitchen WOW! great job Julia! (now, I want to spray paint mine too!) YAY! I’m following you now through bloglovin’, glad you joined! ๐Ÿ™‚ (btw, we had dark brown wood floors installed all through our entire main floor back in October and it’s really hard to keep them clean with a 22 month old running around and 2 dogs that enjoy playing outside) ๐Ÿ˜‰

  19. WOW, thank you guys for all the awesome comments. If you aren’t a non-reply-blogger than I already replied to you per email. And thank you sooooooo much for all the other comments. You guys make this world go ROUND for me ๐Ÿ˜‰

  20. Love what you did with the stools…perfect. I love the combination of paint and just the wood top…gorgeous. Looks lovely in the kitchen.

  21. I love this! That little turquoise trim is so simple yet effective. I have some boring bar stools like this that I got off Craigslist when I moved in purely for function. Maybe a trim around the edges is just what they need! Thanks for the inspiration my dear!

  22. I saw your bar stools over at Home Talk but I wanted to pop over to see the full post and tell you how much I adore them. I wish I had a spot in my house for bar stools. Yours look great!!

  23. Sweet colors! Totally on board the saving money and just making them your own. Cute! I love the transformation, HOWEVER, now you’ve got me eyeing my stools, which are rather boring as well! I will pin this and let you know if I copy your idea! ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. I have those stools… wish you lived closer and could fix up mine (and the rest of my apartment)!! Have a nice time with your dad – tell him I say hi! =)

    1. Thank you Claudia and I will tell him you said hello. And I totally would fix up yours ๐Ÿ˜‰

  25. Ah, I love these. Please tell me how you taped off the top!? I cannot figure out how to tape off a circle for painting. Help!

    1. Hi sorry for the delayed response,

      I taped the entire top of the stool, turned it upside down and cut around the edge of the stool (while it sat on a cutting mat) with a craft knife. Keep the blade really tight against the wood. When you turn the stool around again, it’s a perfect circle and you only have to press down the edges again before spray painting it.

      Hope that helps.

  26. Tara Corley says:

    Oh my goodness! I love, love, love your bar stools!

  27. Like your other comments, I would love to know if you have tips for getting such a crisp edge on the circle seats. Please help us other DIYer with suggestions on how to tape a curve for such crisp results. Thanks.

    1. That’s my old color and it’s Rocky Bluffs by Valspar. Now it is white!

  28. Like so many others just wondering how you achieved such a crisp line on the top?

    1. Hi Donna,
      I tried to answer this a couple days ago and just noticed it never went through. I’m so sorry.

      I taped the entire top of the stool, turned it upside down and cut around the edge of the stool (while it sat on a cutting mat) with a craft knife. Keep the blade really tight against the wood. When you turn the stool around again, it’s a perfect circle and you only have to press down the edges again before spray painting it.

      Hope that helps.

  29. I love these and your whole kitchen too! This caught my eye on Pinterest because my son’s name is Landon. ๐Ÿ™‚ Definitely re-pinning!

  30. Love the stools! Can you explain how you did the ring around the top? Thanks!

  31. Nevermind! Just saw your reply to Donna!

    1. Ok good, I’m glad it answered your question. Thanks for the visit.

  32. Christine C. says:

    Viele dank (is that how it’s said/spelled?!). Just discovered your blog. You are so talented, and I appreciate this tutorial!

    1. Thank you and yes Vielen Dank is right ๐Ÿ˜‰

  33. Jane Gordon says:

    This is a great way to add a little style to a basic bar stool and also add a little pop of color to the room! ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. Amazing how something so simple can make such an impact,

    1. Thanks, small changes go a long way.

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