DIY Barstool Desk!

Hey guys!!

I just replaced my old barstools with some new metal ones that I LOVE.  I was happy to see the old ones go!  When deciding who to give my old barstools to, I had a bit of an epiphany.  Love those.

I knew my oldest two girls were in need of a desk so I decided to turn these 2 shanties into something CHIC!

Let me tell you…

This is a building project that requires very little building skill… Woohoo!

I got my old barstools here on Amazon over a year ago. $29 a pop.  You could also make a great desk using stools like these from Target.

I started by spray painting the stools.  This is the color I chose…

Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch in Berry Pink

While that was drying I cut some planks from a furring strip for my shelves.  Mine were all 15 3/4″.   I stained them with Rust-Oleum Ultimate wood stain in Dark Walnut… I know.  Shock. 😉

After my stools dried I attached them with nails like this.

For the top I used a 20×48″ pine project panel for the top.  You can get these at Lowe’s in several different sizes to fit your space.  Mine was $16.  I stained it and let it dry.

Then, I laid the barstools upside down on my top like this and used 1 3/4″ wood screws to attach the stools to the top.

That’s it!  Pretty darn simple, huh?? And cost for me??? $18!! Woohoo! My kind of desk! Shanty to oh so CHIC!  Here are a few more pictures!

Thank you so much for stopping by!!

Here are just a few more goodies I have made for the girls’ room!

Shanty Memo Frame!

DIY $20 Platform Bed

I would love for you to share and pin their desk below!! Have  a great weekend!! 😉



  1. Arabella Davies on December 10, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    This side table looks so good with that pop of pink!

  2. JoAnn @ SweetPepperRose on January 9, 2014 at 5:30 am

    Clever thinking! a portable desk 😉

  3. Jennifer on October 17, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Hello! Thank you for the inspiration, I’m writing to ask about the Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch pink spray paint. I recently repainted my nightstands and I used regular ol’ Valspar paint and a sponge. It was long and tedious, two coats, three on top, and took forever to dry. Can you tell me why you chose the spray paint route? Thanks!

  4. Donna on August 30, 2012 at 6:13 am

    This desk is beyond fabulous! I have these same stools…hmm… Love the frame treatment also.Do

  5. Heidi Fowler on August 20, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Absolutely awesome! Great job! Now I’m dying to find some old bar stools!

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  6. Nichole on August 19, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Yes, I am too wondering where you got the metal stool that you are using with the desk. Thanks.

    • Shanty2Chic on August 20, 2012 at 5:56 am

      I found them on They were 2 for $79 with free shipping. These are the new barstools in my kitchen and I love them! The brand is Tabouret. Hope this helps!

  7. Michelle on August 18, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Where did you get the gray metal stool?

    • Chicjosselyn on November 6, 2013 at 6:31 am

      I found a very similar one at bjs where I live. I’m thinking at some point Targer even online.

  8. Kim Miller Rowland on August 18, 2012 at 7:40 am

    Perfect idea! Absolutely fabulous way to repurpose them. Now, I’ll be looking for some that shape and size!

    • Shanty2Chic on August 18, 2012 at 9:48 am

      Thanks so much Kim!! I appreciate your sweet comment!

  9. Marie Carroll Cheek on August 18, 2012 at 1:33 am

    Brilliant idea! I have those stools too! I haven’t replaced them yet but when I do a desk might be the perfect use for them.

    • Shanty2Chic on August 18, 2012 at 9:48 am

      Perfect Marie!! If you do I would love to see some finished pics! 😉

  10. marjoycek on August 18, 2012 at 1:10 am


  11. Mindi Carwin on August 17, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    I LOVE this, I think re-purposing is the greatest thing! This turned out so cute! I love the cute yellow box as well! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Shanty2Chic on August 18, 2012 at 9:49 am

      Thank you so much Mindi!! I appreciate it! 😉

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