That's when I remembered I had seen the Bekvam step stool Ikea quite a few times during my trips to the store. At only $15 it was a pretty good deal considering it's solid wood - it's just ... plain looking.
I love unfinished solid-wood furniture. All the hard work is done, all I have to do is give it a bit of paint to personalize it and make it fun. So I transformed it into this:
Here's how I did it:
- Painted it with primer.
- Painted it with a custom-mixed mint green paint. (I used leftover white tester paint with a bit of blue and a bit of green paint to achieve the color I wanted.)
- Once I let everything dry and harden, I applied some leftover 2" gold wall decals that I purchased from WallsNeedLove.com to decorate the inside of the nursery closet. I love these decals and would highly recommend them to anyone. They're thin, so when you apply them, they take on the wall's (or in this case - stool's) texture, so they really do look like paint.
- Sealed the stool with a semi-gloss polyurethane - I gave it two coats on the actual steps and one all over. I'm so glad we did this step, because now the stool wipes down easily if we get any dirt from our shoes or slippers on it.
A few more pics: