One of the easiest DIY’s I completed in Eli’s nursery was a makeover of the Ikea Bekvam step stool. Because our house has very little storage, we have to maximize the use of any and all closet space in the house. Eli’s closet has lots of shelves, and while we can reach most of them, Mike and I can’t quite reach the top shelf so I figured a step stool was in order.

Ikea Hack: Ikea Bekvam Step Stool DIY

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:

Ikea Hack: Ikea Bekvam Step Stool DIY

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.