When my alma mater's architecture school closed for renovations, many of their old Lyon industrial steel stools were thrown out. Thanks to a friend who still lives near the university, I now have two of them awaiting a little TLC before being put to re-use in my kitchen. My initial reservations about using them in that room were relieved when I remembered that it's exactly what Martha Stewart has in her kitchen in Bedford. Bring on the Lyon stools!
As for my own stools, I plan to strip or sandblast the paint, then give the raw steel a clear coat for protection from rust-inducing moisture. The feet may need some special treatment, too, as they're pretty rusted and worn. I am considering dipping them in a rubber coating.
What do you think of these simple industrial staples being used at the kitchen counter? For more on Martha's kitchen where these stools are featured, check out The Martha Blog.
Find them: Lyon All Welded Steel Stool at Amazon, $72