please step all over me [IKEA hack]

ikea bekvam step stool hack

I’m baaaaaaaack!  Whew…that was a fun, jam-packed, exhausting August!  Two week trip to FL.  Daughter’s 7th Birthday Party.  Return to School for Both Kiddos.  My Birthday. The last few weeks have kicked my ass and honestly my little blog has suffered.  Oh, dear blog I do love you so and I promise to be more attentive.

Before we left for Florida, I tackled a DIY that I’ve been wanting to do for years!  Yep, YEARS!  If you have kids, or are vertically-challenged like myself [I'm 5'3" and swear I'm shrinking!] then chances are you probably have an IKEA BEKVÄM stool somewhere in your house.  Ours has been a permanent fixture in the past two kitchens as I cannot reach the top cabinets.  My husband thinks it’s “so cute” that I have to use this stool. Men!  ;-)

After many years of dirty feet, food, dog spit, kids’ spit, paint, little bums, you-name-it, our poor stool looked like this [everytime I look at this thing I hear horror music ringing in my ears]

ikea hack step stool_adding photos

I whipped out my gloss spray paint and gave the stool two coats [skip painting the top]

adding photos to ikea step stool

Let it dry and cure for at least a couple hours before tackling the next step.

personalizing an ikea step stool

I rounded up a few of my favorite pictures of the kids, hub, myself [very few of those exist] and made black+white copies on our printer.  I cut off the excess and laid them down to get a feel for where they would look best.

ikea step stool gets personalized

To attach my photos I sprayed the back of each with a light mist of this Krylon spray adhesive.  When spraying pictures or paper, it’s important to choose an acid-free adhesive.  This will ensure the paper doesn’t disintegrate.

an ikea step stool gets personalized with family photos

After all the pictures were in place, I let the adhesive completely dry for an hour.  Then I ran my [sharp] utility knife around the top of the stool to cut off the excess paper.

how to ikea hack a step stool

To preserve this very personal treasure and ward off any spills that are headed its way, I applied 3 light coats of this heavy duty oil-based poly.  It dries clear and even though the finish is satin, it dries a bit glossy which was just fine with moi.  [be sure to do this either outside or in a well-ventilated area and always wear a mask]

ikea hack_personalizing a step stool

I let this dry outside for at least 3 days before using it.  This should ensure that any toxic fumes are gone and that the poly has cured completely.

Now you can enjoy stepping all over yourself for years to come!  ;)

how to makeover ikea step stool

ikea hack_step stool

how to hack an ikea step stool

I swear my little man is going to be the next “Emeril” cuz the kid loves to cook.  As soon as my picture-taking was done, he asked if he could make his famous souffle [strawberries, blackberries, salt, honey, balsamic vinegar, pepper, and I think he sneaked some mustard in there as well.  BAM!!  ;)

ikea step stool gets a makeover


makeover an ikea step stool


how to makeover an ikea step stool


I love this project and it was so easy.  I love these personal ones especially and everybody loves seeing themselves frozen in time.  I think this would make a special [Christmas] present for the grandparents!

ikea bekvam step stool hack


See you soon!!


5 Responses to please step all over me [IKEA hack]

  1. Shanice says:

    I absolutely love this! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams, starts on Fridays :D Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party.

  2. patraphilips says:

    This is super-duper cute!! I wonder if you could decoupage it instead?

  3. What a great idea Amy! So glad to have you back in action and at our party again! Hope you had a great summer :) We need to get together again!

  4. So cute and easy! Great way to personalize an everyday item most people wouldn’t think twice about. Thank you for sharing with us at the Merry Monday Link Party! See you again tonight at 8pm CST!

Leave a Reply to Shanice Cancel reply