Target Bar Stool Makeover

Me, along with the rest of the world, loves Target. When it came down to bar stools, we couldn’t pass up the deal on the white stools. Now, the only thing that didn’t match our decor is the color/stain of the bar stool top. We decided to take things into our own hands and adjust the colors. Here is how to accomplish this target bar stool makeover.

Let’s start with disassembling the chair bottom from the rest of the stools’ frame.

Run the chair bottom through a thickness planer to cut into all the deep grain stain. We only went down 1/16 of an inch.

Sand the edges with 80-120 grit sandpaper.

Sand the top to 120 grit sandpaper to get the surface ready for finish.

Use a 3/8 round over router bit to make the newly planed edges nice and smooth.

Once the clear coat is dried, use a piece of a brown paper bag, and lightly “sand” the surface area smooth to “cut” all the raised grain from the clear coat. I didn’t need to use a stain because the wood was dark enough. I’m still unsure of what wood species it is, but I think it might be walnut. Therefore, there was no stain needed.

Once the chair bottom clear coat is dry, attach it back to the stool top. Allow 24hrs for the clear coat to dry. Go over it with the brown paper bag once more, just to make sure all of the raised grain is cut down and the chair top is silky smooth.

There you go! A new, lighter color to match the rest of the house!