The base is one of those winding, industrial, screw type bases (I have no idea what this type of base is actually called, but I do know barstools with this type of base can get pretty darn expensive). The bases were very rusty, but I thought they could be salvagable and worse case scenario I would spray paint them. The chair part was in good shape, but I knew I would
The first thing I was going to do was unscrew the top from the bottom so I could derust the bottom. So I removed the pin in the bottom of the screwy part of the base.
I just took my pliers and yanked that sucker right out. Then I unscrewed and unscrewed and unscrewed. I could not get the top off for the life of me and I have no idea why. I still have no idea why. So onto plan B it was. I removed the chair from the base.
Super easy. So next, I got to the derusting. I'll teach you my super easy trick for derusting stainless steel in the next post. I feel like if I add it to this post, it would just be too long.
So even though there was a significant difference and the stools were looking pretty darn good, they just weren't good enough. There were so many knicks and scratches in the stainless steel, I decided to paint them afterall. Although, the derusting gave me a smooth surface to work on. I painted the stoll bases flat black to match the screwy part. I simply used foil to wrap the parts I didn't want painted.
Why foil you ask? Because plastic bags just weren't working for me on this day. The foil was there and it worked.
So I went to Lowes to pick up a piece of 2X10 for the chairs, but when I got there after walking up and down the aisle trying to decide if I should go with 2X10 or something bigger I found a simple piece of round wood, pre-cut and about 2 inches thick and 15 inches in diameter and only $7 per piece. Which I later discovered the average barstool is 16 inches in diameter. I would have been way too small with a2X10. So I brought these round guys home, stained, lacquered, and sanded them before I screwed them onto the stools.
My roadside barstools have turned into designer knock-offs for less than $20 (1 can spray paint, 2 round pieces of wood, I already had the stain and lacquer on hand). So now I will leave you with one last before and after.