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From a simple IKEA STIG to a unique farmhouse stool

I’ve been transforming my house into a farmhouse style and I wanted to replace my IKEA STIG bar stools for more rustic ones.

farmhouse kitchen

I even considered the INGOLF stools but I couldn’t find it in plain wood colour, just black or white. Besides, I couldn’t afford to buy new stools at this moment. So, I decided to grab what I had and make my own version.

It took me 2 days building this, once the frames had dried properly. I ended up spending less than €20,00 in total for materials. (Not including the stools and tools I already had.)

IKEA items used: 

  • 2 IKEA STIG Bar Stools
IKEA STIG bar stool

STIG bar stools | IKEA.com

Other materials and tools: 

IKEA STIG to Farmhouse style bar stools

First, I started by removing both plastic seat and back leaving only the metal structure.

Spray painting in bronze

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Second, I painted the structures with the bronze Rust-Oleum spray and put them aside to dry.

Then I grabbed the wood board and with the help of the old seat I drew two new ones in the wood board and cut them out with a jigsaw.

I also cut two slats at 10x40cm for the back. After that, I sanded them down and varnished both seat and back with an old oak varnish I already have.

IKEA STIG to farmhouse style bar stool

After everything was dry, I placed the seat over the structure. With the help of a power drill, I made two holes on each side to attach the seat to the frame with the screws and nuts.

IKEA STIG to farmhouse style bar stool

Did the same with the back but with a hole on each side at the same distance.

After everything was attached, I then measured the distance diagonally from the screw of the back to the seat and cut 4 metal bars to the same length, rounding off the ends.

I drew a hole on one side and fixed the bar to the existing screw on the back and the other end of the bar against the back support diagonally. I drilled again from side to side and fixed with screw and nut.

What do you like most about the hack? 

With this hack, the stools gained a lot more character and they look much better in my decor. 

IKEA STIG to farmhouse style bar stool

What was the hardest part about this hack? 

Waiting for everything to dry and cutting the metal bars with an old metal scissor. It took a long time and it gave me blisters on my fingers.

Looking back, would you have done it differently?

I would have bought a new pair of scissors. I could also have painted the structure in black. Either one would be great although with black, it would have given a much more industrial feel.

Hope you enjoy my hack!

~ by Ana Vicente