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Slipcovered Kitchen Counter Stools

all the details about our kitchen counter stools…

counter height bar stools with ticking stripe slipcovers

For months I searched endlessly for kitchen counter stools. Those I loved, like the natural riviera counter stool didn’t feel practical for the girls, but I kept going back to them, and back to them and back to them to the point I was paralyzed {kind of like our kitchen remodel}.

pretty counter stools with ticking stripe slipcovers for farmhouse kitchen

When I finally decided to look outside of the impractical options, Chris and I talked about how we wanted kitchen counter stools the importance of comfort since we hope the island will be a place we, the girls, friends and family gather. While we love the chairs in the breakfast nook and they’re easy to wipe down, it’s not exactly where you want to spend an exorbitant amount of time because the chairs aren’t all that comfortable.

kitchen counter stools from ikea with custom ticking stripe slipcovers

I turned to upholstered counter height stools and hoped to find some in a durable indoor/outdoor fabric after seeing the no longer available Parsons stools. Given that we decided to go with a wood island, I wanted a little contrast, too, so needed a cream base. I agonized, as I almost always do, and then decided to do it…

counter height stools from ikea with custom ticking stripe slipcovers

I decided we needed to design our own and braved IKEA. I mean, just walking in the door and my heart starts running away. So we parked, entered and spent 45 minutes attempting to find the stools to verify the height, depth and etc {I’m a visual person and makes me feel anxious not knowing what lies inside those boxes}! Then I worked off the previous evening’s wine with a walk to the warehouse where I located the stool, questioned everything I had decided, the height, the width and is this really a good idea? An hour and a half later the Henriksdal bar stools were loaded and there was no turning back, because it will be months before I could brave another trip to IKEA.

padded upholstered kitchen stools

My talented friend Lisa from Farmhouse on Boone kindly offered to make slipcovers using a cream and soft blue ticking stripe fabric I found to create beautiful counter stools for our kitchen. You can get the tutorial here!

french country kitchen with slipcovered counter stools adapted from ikea

I’m head over heels in love with how comfortable and practical they are and can’t wait to have them painted. Slipcovered kitchen counter stools may be a little more challenging to come by, but adapting the IKEA Henriksdal bar stools is an inexpensive way for custom kitchen stools.

kitchen counter stools from ikea with custom ticking stripe slipcovers

Do you have a fear of IKEA, too? Please say I’m not the only one!


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9 comments on “Slipcovered Kitchen Counter Stools”

  1. I love the white cabinets with the gold accents. The flowers are a cute nice touch. Love this.
    xo, Meghan

  2. I only fear the checkout and return lines at IKEA – especially the return lines!!

  3. I really love your kitchen! All of my favorite things! What type of wood did you do for the island and what did you decide on the finish? 

    Good luck getting the project finished – that must be frustrating. Can’t wait to see more – we are also planning on a panel-ready refrigerator. 


    • Oooh! I’ll ask my husband the stain that was used. It was supposed to be unfinished oak covered in Modern Masters Dead Flat for minimal protection. Unfortunately our carpenter made it in red alder which required a stain to achieve the color we wanted and then we put Modern Masters over it, which isn’t ideal because stain is a different base.
      Another thing I learned is a panel ready is different than an integrated – I personally prefer integrated because the metal is hidden. Hope that helps!

  4. Your kitchen is exquisite. I love your marble countertops and am wanting to replace mine. My husband loves to cook but he’s pretty messy. Do you think the Danby marble is conducive to a heavy cooking kitchen? Italian marble is not recommended. Thank you!

    • Thank you, Brenda! I love Danby and you can use comet (on honed) to eliminate etching, but if you want fuss free, quartz would be a better fit for you.

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