Mid Century Modern Slatted Bar Stool Makeover

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This mid century modern slatted bar stool makeover with a completely new look using paint and napkins!

Woohoo, it’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday! And today my friends and I are sharing our latest “trashy” makeover with you all. I have a fun one today, something I picked up while we were in the Outer Banks at our beach place this past weekend.

Today is also my Dad’s birthday. He would’ve been 89 today. Even though I still struggle with him being gone, I am doing better.
As I know from losing my Mom almost 10 years ago, it takes time. Ups and downs, sadness and smiles, remembering our lives and experiences in the past. I know that I will have both for a long while. Happy Heavenly birthday, Dad!! I love you!

Mid Century Modern Slatted Bar Stool Makeover (with napkin decoupage)

Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom so you won’t miss the other makeovers today!

wood slatted bar stool before

Solid wood and in great shape. I snagged this one!

I came home and lightly sanded it all over, cleaned it up, and sprayed it with white primer.
Once that was dry, I painted two coats of Casement (love this white) with my fave paintbrush.

Then I was stumped! haha! I wasn’t sure what else I wanted to do. I knew I didn’t want to just paint it white. Boring! ;)
Well, maybe not but I just wanted to give it a little something more. Know what I mean??

So I went digging in my stash and found these napkins I used on another project some time ago.

floral napkins

I thought I could do something with this.

So I played around with placement and decided on this…

floral napkins on a white wood stool

I cut out the flowers/leaves and then applied them using our Decoupage & Transfer Gel.

brushing on the decoupage gel napkins

One napkin was not long enough to go the whole length so I cut another piece to add to the end …

brushing on the decoupage gel onto the wood bar stool

adding the napkin to the bar stool

I did the same thing on the bottom seat area …

adding the small piece of napkin to the seat

Once that was very dry I came back with my exacto knife and cut in between the slats.

cutting the excess with the exacto knife

Where I wasn’t able to cut well, I use a piece of fine sandpaper to “sand” gently off the excess.

napkin up close

A coat or two of Tough Coat topcoat to protect it and done!

colorful floral bar stool

I’m really pleased with it!

I love how you can use simple ole napkins to create such pretty things like this.

bar stool finished with napkin decoupage

up close of napkin decoupage on seat back

top view of bar stool with napkin decoupage

Isn’t that fun??

A whole new and completely different look for this one!

white bar stool with colorful floral napkin decoupage

Have you tried napkin decoupage before?? 

Here’s a few other projects I’ve done with napkins:

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This mid century modern slatted bar stool makeover with a completely new look using paint and napkins! artsychicksrule.com

Don’t forget to check out my friends’ makeovers below!

This mid century modern slatted bar stool makeover with a completely new look using paint and napkins! artsychicksrule.com

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Have a wonderful week, friends! I will see you right back here later this week!



  1. I enjoy seeing your ideas so much! This one for me was a huge hit! Love it! Thanks for the inspiration as always.

  2. I love using napkins for deco. This is a fantastic makeover. Enjoy your beach abode. It looks inviting.

  3. Hi Nancy,
    Your chair turned out sooooo beautiful! At first the flowers looked hand painted. You were right; who knew you could make such pretty things from napkins. I would never have thought to use them on a chair. Great job!

  4. How adorable! I have used decoupage napkins only on greeting cards. That stool is WAY, WAY more charming now.

  5. Hi Nancy, I’m so glad you reposted this barstool!
    I had difficulty on one of my first pieces years ago that was a slatted headboard, turned shelf, and never thought to sand off the excess between slats! I learned something today! THANKS!

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