March 26, 2015

DIY Project: Industrial Stool Turned Side Table

Easy DIY industrial stool turned side
This corner of our living room is my favorite place to sit.  I keep my laptop and iPad charger just behind this oh-so-comfy Ikea chair along with whatever book I am currently reading.  I guess you could call this "my spot".  But I was missing a side table here.  A place to rest a cup of coffee and such.  I had my eye on a cute little industrial table from Target, but the online reviews were awful and when I went to see it in the store, I realized why.  The top was made very poorly.  So there in the furniture aisle at Target, I spied this industrial stool on sale for $50 and I knew that there was a $10 off coupon code for furniture online that week.  The stool looked just like the bottom of the table I liked and I knew that we could build a much better top, for much less than the $80 table I had come to look at.

Target threshold industrial swivel bar stool screen shot 
So I came home and ordered this exact stool.  Billy, my husband, put the stool together and made a round wood plank top for it with some leftover pine planks we had in our basement.  First, he cut them into a square and screwed them together on the back.
Then he traced a 23" circle and cut out the round shape with a jigsaw.  Next, he attached it to the top of the stool by screwing blocks of wood through the stool into the table top.  After sanding the edges, we had a new side table.  This was just one of those wing it using whatever you've got on hand projects!  
Easy DIY industrial stool turned side
I wanted the table top to have a weathered wood appearance to go with the industrial base. First, I brushed on 2 coats of regular brewed tea.
Brewed Tea to prepare wood for vinegar
Then, I used a vinegar stain, just as I did with our Ikea hack coffee table.  I simply place some steel wool in a mason jar with vinegar, put the metal lid on, and let it sit for 2-3 days.  Then I just brushed it on the tea stained wood.  I am always amazed at how quickly this stain changes the appearance of wood.  Finally, we added a coat of Minwax clear wax.
Vinegar and steel wool stain for weathered wood
Here is the new "stool" table with the dried stained top.  The vinegar stain dries much darker than when you first put it on and with a more grayish color, like weathered wood:
DIY side table made with industrial
Now my little corner functions even better.
Ikea Stocksund chair in living room with DIY side table made from a
Weathered wood plank top industrial side
Window seat in living
Ikea stocksund chair with DIY industrial side table made from a
We are so happy with how our new little table turned out.  Total cost for this project was $40 for the stool on sale.  


  1. This looks SO good! You are so creative, I love it all. Hope you're having a happy week, CoCo

    1. Thanks so much, Coco! Hope you are having a great week too.

  2. I adore it! So simple and beautiful!

  3. What a great Idea Courtney! Look like it was meant for your little cozy spot!

  4. Courtney,
    I love it! I love the vinegar stain idea. I have never heard of that. It looks just perfect by your comfy chair.
    Gotta love those hubby's with tools and they know how to use them :) Great vision on this.

  5. Brilliant! Great idea! I've never heard, or maybe I just forgot, of the tea staining with vinegar wash after...looks fantastic! ;)

  6. Great repurpose! Love the transformation.

  7. LOVE it! What a cute idea. You are so creative and so lucky to have a handy husband!

  8. That is a cute table and diy for your lovely sitting spot. I really like the patterns of the pillow and curtains with your industrial stool. Thanks for your recent visit and kind comment on my dresser makeover. Just like you said about the dresser, this little table you made is another great piece that can be used in so many places. I am saving an old IKEA thick dresser top for a project like this one day.

  9. Awesome Courtney that turned out perfect and I love it that she got it so cheap! You go girl!

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