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Step Stool Redo

One of the main things I noticed as the house was being done was that the closets all are super tall. Both girls (and the baby) can’t reach the top shirt rack of their closets. So I looked into finding step stools for them all. The main thing was that it had to be pretty tall. Alexa could do a shorter one, but Maren and the baby’s closet will be tall for them for a while. Plus they both will need one for their bathrooms.

The best and cheapest one I found by far was Ikea. Of course Kansas City doesn’t have an Ikea anywhere around (although we are getting one in 2014!), however, they do deliver. I was pretty shocked, because the items they are willing to ship are slim pickings. I also picked the natural wood ones so I could do whatever I wanted with them. These are the final step stools I decided on: IkeaStool
Click here for a link to the stool.


I’ve bought other unfinished items from them and they are perfect to stain or paint. I knew they would come without varnish on them.

I started searching around the internet and found tons of people have done Ikea hacks on this stool. The one I really loved was this one:
IkeaHackClick here to see the website with this stool.

It came like this:
Ikea Stool Project (5)

I went through and laid out all of the parts and grabbed the ones I wanted painted verses the ones I was going to stain.

Ikea Stool Project (7)

Ikea Stool Project (8)

I kept hesitating to bring them in because I didn’t want to move them while they were wet or bring in the paint smell into the house, so of course I pushed my luck and it started raining. Jay had to run out with an umbrella through our muddy back yard and grab them for me. Luckily I was able to dry them and no damage was done.

Next I had to stain the steps:
Ikea Stool Project (9)

Then I assembled and added the felt to the bottom to avoid scratching.
Ikea Stool Project (6)

And finally done! I am still trying to decide on whether or not to polyurethane the tops or leave natural.
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Ikea Stool Project (3)

The girls loved their new stools. Now I need two more, one for downstairs and one for the baby’s room.
Ikea Stool Project (1)

1 Comment on Step Stool Redo

  1. Midsommarflicka
    01.12.2014 at 5:12 pm (3 years ago)

    Totally forgot to say: Thanks for using my little project as inspiration. I love it, when I can inspire others :)

    Love, Midsommarflicka

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