Barstools & Bench Makeover

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We have been updating things all over the house this week.
Seriously though, when are we not painting or updating something in our home?
You can see the small changes in the living room that I postedthis week {here}.
This weekend I really wanted to update our barstools & bench in our kitchen.
They were a little dark for the space & I have been really wanting to brighten things
up in our dining/kitchen area. So, with some white paint, new cushions,
and some pillows I freshened up the furniture quite easily!



These barstools were looking a little dark before & needed a fresh coat of
white paint {I used linen by Better Homes & Gardens} & I used my
DIY chalk paint recipe which you can see {here}. I wanted them to
be a little shabby chic with out distressing them so I didn’t worry about
being to precise and neat on the barstools, & I love how they turned out!




The cushions were purchased from Pier 1 from their outdoor cushion
department. They work perfectly for seat cushions for the barstools & give
the stools a whole new look. Also, they are easy to wash!






The place mats were a wedding gift {going on 6 years ago!} & I still love them. The dishes are from
Bed Bath & Beyond. I have an obsession with square white plates. The napkins and the chalkboard
napkin rings are from Target. The rug in the dining room is from The plates on the
wall are all from TJ Maxx except for the bird plate, that is from Pier 1. All the other decor
items are antiques or from local boutiques. The boxwood box on the hutch was a DIY project
that you can see {here}.




This little antique bench sits in our dining room & it’s usually a place
where we sit and take off our shoes, or sit and talk to each other
while we cook. So I wanted to make this spot more comfortable
& a more inviting place to sit…


I painted the bench the same color as the barstools.
Again, with my DIY chalk paint & not trying to be to precise to get a
shabby chic effect. I wanted the age of the piece to really show.
I then placed a long outdoor cushion from Pier 1 on the bench to
give it some comfy cushion & added a few pillows that I made.






Seriously I can not get over how some white paint and cushions can brighten
up a space. I’m really happy with my decision to paint these pieces & I suggest
these little updates to you too! You could go with any paint color, any finish,
& any cushions to completely update the look of your current
barstools and benches that you already have. Think of all the possibilities!

What do you think of this little update in our dining room? Stay tuned for
more changes and updates in this room! Ps. If you want my updates on
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  1. Looks pretty, nice job.

  2. We’re did you get the rug under your dining room table? I love it! Also love the look of the “new” stools.

  3. The lighter color looks so great! We inherited a bench, almost identical to yours, when my husbands grandmother passed away and it is still unpainted! This just made my mind up as to going light instead of dark.

    • Thank you so much Sonya! & yes, I’m glad I chose light because it was a toss up for while. I’m so glad your mind is made up. I hope you paint it soon and that you love how it comes out :)

  4. Love how these came out! Been thinking of painting my kitchen bar stool chairs for months now but still haven’t gotten around to it. This is good motivation for me, I LOVE how much it brightens your kitchen! Also need to sand and refinish our kitchen table…but that’s a more involved project for sure!

    • Yes Jennifer I was seriously so shocked at what a difference it made and how much it brightened up the space.. I would for sure recommend it. & Dining room tables are more of a project for sure… but again, worth it! I’m so glad you are motivated it took me a while too. I honestly don’t know where the motivation came from, but I’m thankful I had it haha

  5. LOVE!! The barstools & the bench look so pretty in their new shade of white!! And your plate gallery wall is just perfection!! Love it all Liz!!

  6. Love the changes! I also love the napkins and napkin holders! Can you share where you got those from?

  7. Looks great! I too think everything looks just a little better with a coat of white paint. Watch out, the fresh feeling of white is contagious!

  8. Awesome transformation Liz!! Now I want to go paint my bar stools! I think I just might!

  9. What a transformation–the bar stools look amazing! So fresh and light… I love it :-)

  10. Love what a little bit of paint can do! And I absolutely love your wall of platters…such a statement!

  11. Wow, the white really brightens up the whole area!

  12. everything is so darn pretty Liz. I love the bench and the bar stools clean and white, I also LOVE that you have some wood colors in your decor, sometimes to much white is just “to much white.” I love the earthy tones of the woods, and that natural elements that they bring. XO jen

  13. I totally want to curl up on your bench with a cup of coffee and eat breakfast at your counter! I really hope that doesn’t sound creepy but it is just so cute!

  14. I love all the plates on the wall!

  15. The plate collection looks so amazing above that bench! How did you hang them?

  16. Hello Liz, this is so random, but where did you find that vase and flowers you have on your kitchen table? .. I love the whole look of them and how it brightens the room up! .. I am always looking for the perfect flowers cause I just love how they make a room feel. Thankyou, Jordann.
    BTW, your stools and bench look much cuter and cozier! Love them :)

  17. We must have both bought our original furniture at the same time, because all my seating is black too. I want it white now- just like yours. I’m so glad to see the black covered so well with the white. I’d better get busy. I LOVE your cute bench, cushions, and pillows! Thanks so much for sharing. Have a wonderful day!

  18. Where did u find all those great platters on the wall?

  19. Everything just looks so much better in white :)

  20. I love the white accented by the gray and green. Very refreshing.

  21. Beautiful barstools and benches, girl! Swooning over the pastel color for your cabinet, too! Would love for you to come share at the party! xo Bridgett

  22. Looks beautiful!! I love painting everything white too. My hubby bugs me all the time {are you going to paint me white too? Um no. You’re not furniture ;)
    Have a great week!
    Jamie ~ Better With Age

    • hahahaha that is so funny my friends and husband say the same thing to me!! lol well we are just two peas in a pod.. You can’t go wrong with some white paint ;)

  23. Love how clean and fresh they look – I’m in the process of painting my bedroom floor white lol

  24. This is absolutely gorgeous! I love love love the bench with the plates!!

    I would like to invite you to my linky party, Thrifty Thursday!

    Hope to see you there!


  25. It looks wonderful. Your bench is great, but what caught my eye was the wall of plates above it. You did such a great job arranging them!

  26. Love them Liz Marie! They are so pretty in the white and I love the cushions. I have a white bench similar to yours that I painted and I have been looking for a cushion for it forever! I’ll have to check out Pier 1 again. Thanks so much for sharing at Clean and Scentsible. I will be featuring this on Sunday. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  27. Love it all. The bench and bar stools look amazing in a coat of white. Fabulous idea!!

  28. These are beautiful and so inspiring!

  29. Great makeover – got to love the white paint and the freshness it imparts! Also loving the plate display! Hope you can stp by the enchanted oven to say hi.

  30. By seeing your redos, I now know what color to paint my chairs in my studio…white! Love what you did!

  31. Hi, I’m new to your blog, and will follow – your home looks so lovely! Yep, I always say nothing like white paint, a picket fence and lavender to transform a place! :-)

  32. Everything about this room is so bright and fresh! I love it. Maybe after the kiddos are bigger I’ll be brave and try lots more white :)

    I’d be thrilled if you’d link up at this week’s Off the Hook!

  33. much much much prettier after! they look beautiful, great job :)

  34. What paint color is on your walls? I love it!

  35. I love the color of grey you have on your wall. May I ask what brand and color name it is?
    Thank you :)


  1. [...] Welcome welcome welcome to the “paint it” linky party. We all know I am always painting something around my house so it was easy for me to find something to blog about for this weeks party. I painted our barstools and our bench in our kitchen to brighten up the space, & boy did it really make a difference! You can see the full post {here}. [...]

  2. [...] fits the chair perfectly. & this cushion matches the cushions I used in our dining room for the barstool & bench makeovers as well.  The pom blanket was purchased at meijer a few years ago & the burlap [...]

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