My Rustic Country Kitchen Barstools

As many of you know my husband and I are photographers and recently have started doing real estate  photography. Awesome, right? Maybe not so much since after our first model home that we shot I told Landon (my husband) I wanted a new house lol. That's basically what lead to our kitchen remodel. Stay tuned for the full blog on how we remodeled our kitchen for $500! For now I just want to share a little DIY Project that we fell into as we worked on our kitchen remodel with our small budget. 

If any of you have been on the market recently for barstools, you can vouch for me in that the price are ridiculous! Seriously barstools that don't look like they are going to fall apart if a 40 lb child sat on it cost anywhere between $100-$180. I needed three barstools, so we definitely couldn't do that since that would have blown through our entire kitchen budget! So We got "SAVVY" and repurposed our old barstools and it cost us a whopping $10!!! 

Materials Used:

Log Round
20" Chain Saw (If you don't have one you can use a hand saw and lots of elbow grease)
Paint Brush 

This is our original barstool. As you can see, very outdated and gross from use and abuse by my toddlers....and the hubsters lol. I decided after just a couple days of searching that I would have to make these work because finding something new would be too expensive. I thought upholstery , but as I took this picture and saw how gross the seat looked from having stuff spill on it, that option was quickly shut down. Luckily for me we had some logs, that we picked up for free from a friends yard, sitting in the garage from a previous DIY Project that never happened lol. I like to think that things happen for a reason because this logs diameter couldn't have been more perfect. Plus, my husband has been dying to use his chain saw for something so what better way to kill two birds with one stone! Here are the step by step directions on our DIY Barstools. 

Step 1. We unscrewed the seat off the legs but left the swivel screwed on. I haven't tossed the seat yet just incase I get inspired and decide to use it for another DIY project later but thats up to you ;-). 

Step 2: We cut a slice off of the wood log about an 2 inches think and sanded it down flat on both sides. After sanding it was about 1 3/4 inches thick. 

Step 3: After sanding the slice of log flat and the bark off we sealed it with Watco Laquer Finish Semi Gloss. I bought this at Lowes for $10 after taxes but I couldn't find it on their website so I hyperlinked the product on Amazon just so you could see exactly what I used. This seal was clear because I wanted the natural wood color enhanced not covered but feel free to use whatever stain and seal you like. We applied the seal with a paint brush and let it dry overnight. 

Step 4: We saved the screws so that we could reuse them when it was time to place the log on the swivel. We grabbed a drill bit that matched the size of the screws to pre-drill the wholes for the screws.

Step 5: We placed the log upside down and the barstool on top of the wood to set the marks for the screws placement. 

Step 6: We pre-drilled the wholes a third of the length of the screw. Pre-drilling is recommended to prevent any cracks on the log. 

Step 7: Screwed in the original screw that the barstool came with 

and wallah 

I love the industrial country look that it has given my kitchen! Feel free to leave comments below or your results! Take pictures of your DIY Project and submit them for a chance to be featured ;-) .

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Setting your child up for success!

Summer is over and school is in session. If you are like me, you probably gave your child a break during the summer. I normally try to avoid that, but with a soaring wedding photography business, wifely duties and an infant to add to the mix, my four year old got lucky that mommy wanted a break this summer too! As the first day of homeschooling approached, I feared that I would be starting from scratch. So I created a back to school entry exam for my toddler so that I could see what she needed a refresher on and what we could check off the list. Mind you that I have already gone through all pre-k curriculum with Kylie (my four year old) last year, so this test will include everything your child should know by the end of pre-k. Even if you are just beginning with your toddler this will give you a starting point so you can see what your child knows and how they progress over time. This exam is a great guide for what your child should know by the end of pre-k and will help you structure a lesson plan. It is a great way to set your child up for success in kindergarten, wether your child is homeschooled or will be attending a traditional school. Subscribe to my blog for future post covering learning activities for alphabet, phonics, math, and science.

Below I have included the first three pages of my Pre-K Assessment I have put together for my girls. This is also a great resource for stay at home moms who are contemplating on homeschooling but don't know where to begin. Even if you are not choosing to homeschool it is a great way to make sure your child is set up for success when they start Pre-k/ Kindergarten. It gives you a starting point and helps you organize your activities and assignments to cater to what your child needs help with. Take this assessment once a month to see how your child is improving.

Assessment includes:

  • Name recognition and spelling
  • Color Recognition
  • Number recognition 
  • Pattern recognition
  • Upper and Lower Case recognition
  • Letter sounds
  • Shape recognition
  • Shape Attributes
  • Months of the Year
  • Days of the Week 
  • Seasons 
Purchase full assessment for $5.00

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