July 18, 2013

Ikea Bekvam Step Stool

DSCF1023I bought this stool from Ikea (well, I don’t live close to Ikea, so I had my parents buy it and bring it with them when they visited) probably about a year ago.

I originally planned to use it in the bathroom so that the kids could reach the sink, but it didn’t work out so well in there so we keep it in the kitchen now.  It’s perfect there!

It didn’t come with a finish on it it, but I wasn’t sure what I would want it to look like or if it would be better to leave it unfinished.  So it stayed that way until recently.  During it’s time with us, it had acquired some stray crayon marks (got used as a desk) and also was looking grayer than it shows in the picture at Ikea!

I got a few ideas of what I wanted to do:

Lilyfield Life

Yesterday's Sweetheart
The Gold Jelly Bean
It seemed like I liked the two-tone look that still showed some of its wooden qualities.  So in the end, I decided to go with something like the second picture and make it white with natural-look steps.

After some sanding, I gave the steps several coats of Natural Stain and then a couple of coats of Polyurethane.  Then I used some white satin finish paint and did the rest of the stool.  It turned out so cute!  My kids love it and push it around where they want to get a better look at things.  

We also added some feet (the kind you hammer in) because it made a scuffing noise no matter how you tried to push it.  And with the kids being still quite small, they can only push it.  The feet make the scooting noise less intense and it slides a little better.  The feet are so discreet you don’t even see them in the picture!


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