July 16, 2012

Step Stool Refresh

We purchased Ikea’s BEKVÄM step stool nearly three years ago. And then it sat in our last home’s kitchen; unpainted, unfinished. Which was fine for maybe a week, and then we used it. Three years later, it sits in our new home’s kitchen; unpainted, unfinished, and completely trashed. Foot prints, paint spots, drywall mud, all the good stuff. Hello, get on it already??

The stool has great lines. Clean, simple, and dying for a fresh pop of color. So yellow she went.

We chose Ben Moore’s ‘Yellow Brick Road’ using just a sample quart we picked up at our local Sherwin Williams. It is in your face, which I love for such a small piece. On four walls? Not so much. We started by giving her a good sand. Years of built-up gunk had to go. We decided to skip the priming step, not exactly sure why, but we lucked out and the paint covered great. After about three coats of yellow she was ready for some coverage. We layered on an additional three coats of water-based polycrylic to keep those future foot prints from destroying her new look.

I love how a fresh coat of paint can bring an entirely new look into a room, even with small accent pieces.

And if nothing else, Zoey loves collecting her magnetic letters on top of it.

Any quick fixes for you guys this week? Fresh pops of color sprucing up a room? Love to see them :)

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6 thoughts on “Step Stool Refresh

  1. Sierra

    So cute! I just bought the exact same stool a week ago but with a stain finish and now that it’s home I’m just not feeling it! I’ve been thinking of painting it and now I’m sold! Great house by the way, you have a really nice style.

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  2. Jayan

    Im curious. I would be buying mine brand new, would i still need to sand the stool down? Once painted, is it tacky? Does the paint chip off over time? Does the paint come off if scuffed on the walls or dragged on the floors? I have laminant. I would appreciate your thoughts.
    Thanks so much.

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    1. Jessie R. Post author

      Hi Jayan,

      I can’t imagine that it’d need sanding if you’re starting with a dull finish. The paint isn’t tacky, just make sure you apply thin coats to avoid that. We haven’t experience any chipping at all or any of the paint scuffing walls. Although, I do remember just reading another blogger running into her red paint rubbing off onto kitchen cabinets where they were repeatedly bumping. We used a clear water-based poly on top of the paint, so that might be a good idea to prevent that situation. We also used a few felt pads on the bottom of the feet to avoid direct contact with the hardwood. Hope that helps!

      xo,
      Jessie

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  3. SJ-Va

    Love this! We just bought this stool actually and are planning to paint it too but I’m a furniture-painting-novice. Did you use brushes or spray paint? Did you brush on the polyurethane or wipe it with a cloth?

    Thank you for your advice!

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    1. Jessie R. Post author

      We used a brush in the tight spots and a foam roller on all the larger flat surfaces. Same for the poly. Hope that helps!

      xo,
      Jessie

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