Easy Painted Stepstool

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I think a lot of people – especially a lot of women – are afraid of DIY projects. What if the project doesn't turn out? What if I don't have the tools? What if I wasted money? I have a simple tip that will make all of those DIY fears go away: start small. And even if you are an experienced DIY-er, embrace the small, simple projects, because there are times when you don't want to be in the middle of a renovation/large room redesign/big project. And if you are in the middle of a large project, sometimes just taking one simple part and just getting it done helps.

So if you're looking to start with a small project, this one may be for you. Take an Ikea Bekvam step stool – the unfinished one is only $14.99. One of the best things about Ikea is that many times, all you need is the allen wrench inside the package to assemble the project. This is one of those times!! But wait—don't assemble this quite yet!

First, you need to decide on your finishes. I decided to stain the 2 steps (because they will be receiving most of the abuse) and paint the rest. I selected a medium dark stain (Minwax Brazilian Rosewood Gel Stain) and a light aqua paint (Clark and Kensington Sweet Retreat). I also used clear and brown wax, as well as paintbrushes to apply the paint and stain, and an old rag.

Apply the paint and stain to all the pieces before you assemble the stool. Allow to dry, then assemble according to the lovely diagrams that Ikea gives you. I then coated the whole thing with clear wax to give an extra layer of protection. I wanted to make the stain justa hair darker, so I applied some brown wax all over the stained portion. After the wax was dry, I buffed it to a low gloss.

This project took less than a day, including drying time. It's amazing how completing one little project makes you want to be so much more productive!

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