Ever since I showcased a few stools I DIY'd on TV, my life has completely changed. I can't go out of the house without getting stopped all the time - at the mall, on the street, in restaurants - I'm basically world-renowned as the "Ikea step stool girl." It's hard to go anywhere without the paparazzi photographing me, the media asking me questions, and the fans asking for my autograph. It's a tough job being famous, but I'm humbly shouldering the job.
Oh wait, you don't remember that? All that above is just a dream? You don't even remember my step stools - or even WHO I AM?
Ah dang. I knew those daydreams were too good to be true.
Well, just to prove to you I did have five minutes of fame on local television - check out this behind-the-scenes shot of the famous step stools. I even helped style the set. Three step stools and a handful of paint supplies don't just look pretty on their own, people.
Alright, down to biz. If you wanna know how I did it - and I know you've been DYING - here's the quick and dirty on how you can do it at home.
Start out with the $15 Ikea Bekvam Step Stool. That's cheep peeps. If you've never dabbled in the art of DIY - don't be afraid of this one. You can attempt any DIY project for $15.
After you've spent seven and a half hours assembling it, or making your husband assemble it (although I would never do that), tape off the legs. I taped mine 4" up the leg, but there are no rules - you pick your distance.
I just snagged a ruler and marked with pencil where I wanted it. Then I took painters tape (or frog tape) and taped it off. You'll know if your line is level if your tape matches up when the ends meet. Took me at least three tries on every leg - so hopefully you're better at eyeballing than me.
Next, you're gonna paint. Since I used chalk paint, I didn't need to sand or prime at all, I could just throw on that kelly green paint without a care. But if you're using "normal" paint - be sure to run a piece of sand paper over it just to rough it up a bit, and thrown down a coat of primer before picking your color. I literally had about 24 hours notice to make this puppy, so I went with the quick route.
Once your paint has dried, rub in a bit of wax to seal it. I didn't get a before pic, but check out this post on my first experience with chalk paint to see some pictures of this exact paint in action.
I used a different brand of wax this time - I was all out of the Annie Sloan, so I picked up some Minwax. I liked it, but not quite as much as the "real" stuff. But the Minwax is two or three times cheaper, and available within a 10 minute drive from my house, so I suppose it wins out. My only frustration was that it was a little more difficult to rub into the piece and at times, left a bit of yellow debris that I had to flake off. Confusing to explain, and confusing in real life. So. Yeah.
I did two coats of wax on the body, and three on the steps, just to give it a bit of extra protection. If you're working with regular paint, I'd seal it with a water-based poly instead.
Once you're finished waxing, you're done!