IKEA Hack : IKEA Bekvam Step Stool DIY

Hello.

Ironic story I have to tell and I promise it has everything to do with my IKEA stool revamp.

London, Ontario that is, is just under two quick hours from an IKEA. I heart IKEA. I like to wander around the show rooms and look at what clever little ideas they have for their products in “real” situations. Seriously though, sometimes I just want to be like really IKEA the layout of this 400 sq ft apartment is perfect. If you insert a weird wall or pole here it would far more realistic. Onward…

So Cody and I went to IKEA a couple months ago with list in hand. On said list was that cute IKEA Bekvam stool for the kitchen. I needed this, for those of you that have not met me I am short, average short, if that makes any sense. The kitchen cabinets were made for semi-giants, or just people close to or over 6 ft. Icarumba. Shorties out there, am I right or am I right?

Point. We forgot the stool.

It was so cute and only $17. I decided to wait until I could get that cute stool once again. Well this opportunity arose earlier then expected and not at IKEA. I was at Goodwill (the fanciest looking Goodwill ever, someday I will post a picture) during a 50% of sale. Now that is my kind of thrifting. I was mainly going to show my family the fanciest Goodwill ever, why not go in when there is a 50% off sale.

I wandered straight back to the furniture. I love furniture. And what did I find? You guessed it, that adorable IKEA Bekvam stool for $8 so sale price $4. STEAL. It was in great shape and I was going to paint it anyway. We also found a hardly used Trivial Pursuit Genus Edition for the hard to say no to price of $1. Nerdy party in our future.  Also, there may or may not have been a mini photo op between my Before and After shots of the stool with my very own salt and pepper Miniature Schnauzer, Mr. Doodles.

For this stool REDO you will need:

2 Paint brushes (I used foam)

Spray paint in desired color (Ideally a primer coat to begin)

Fine Sand Paper

Acrylic Paint in desired color (optional)

Polyurethane

Step 1: I sanded the stool because IKEA furniture usually has some type of sealer on or maybe this one just had gunk from the previous owner.  I did a thorough job because I was out of primer and wanted this to look well done without a trip out to Home Depot. If however you are doing it the smart way, not the smrt way, I would use Kilz primer in a spray can.

Step 2: Spray stool with desired color. I chose Krylon Fusion in White Gloss. I sanded in-between coats to be sure that it has a lovely gloss sheen to it in the end.

Step 3: I then used red acrylic paint to paint the top step of the stool. I did multiple coats to make sure that the color was vibrant as could be. My kitchen has this red and white theme so I thought it would add more kitsch.

Optional: You could decoupage the steps like A Story Telling Home or do a negative space stencil like this IKEA Hacker or gold polka dots from Oakland Avenue. If maybe you are craving a new look for a piece of your very IKEA looking furniture typing IKEA (insert name) hack into a search engine of choice and watch the possibilities unfold. I choose only a few of the hundreds of choices I had for this stool to show you.

Step 4: I then covered the steps of the stool with 3 coats of  semi – gloss Miniwax Polyurethane. This way the steps would look shiny and new long into the future.

Semi Sage advice: Spray paint is a ladies best friend. Do not be afraid to grab a can a try it out because it opens a world of choices that are inexpensive and not time consuming. Just make sure to use in a well ventilated space, because I need not be blamed for lost of brain cells. You hear me.

Enjoy!

Advertisements

Tell Me What You Think

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s