Happy Hump Day Friends!
Today I’m excited to show you my first of many furniture DIY’s. This one is a small one but I’m still super excited because see this stool… See how pretty it looks? Well… let me tell you…. Before this little makeover this little fella was looking all sorts of nasty and wrong. I’m taking gross food stains thanks to my lovely children. It was filthy and was in serious need of a beauty overhaul or replacement!
I love this IKEA step stool but I find in my house the bare, exposed wood isn’t such a good idea. It grabs on to stains so easily and if it’s light wood like this one, then every little mark shows and some stains are impossible to remove.
So I finally decided on the colours I wanted and go workin’!
I’ve decided that my main kitchen colour is blue. A lighter blue. Like a duck egg kinda blue. I love it. It’s pretty, soft and inviting. I’m adding a fair bit of blue through my home but I think blue is one of those timeless colours that is relaxing, stays one trend and is very appealing to the eye. I haven’t done much in my kitchen at all. I haven’t done much in the house to be honest. We’ve been busy buying and sorting out a million other things. This is what happens when you do a huge international move. Lots to be done and takes months to get organised. Our house is not small either, 5 bedrooms plus all of the other normal rooms like kitchen living etc, etc. So we have lots of space to fill and not enough money to fill it straight away. Priorities people! 😛 (yes… I’m inserting a tongue face just because I like them) 😉
When I found these two beautiful Farrow & Ball colours I fell in love with! I know Farrow & Ball is a little pricier but it’s worth the money. The quality is superior and I just fell in love with their selection of colours.
I decided to go with the Dix Blue and Pale Powder. Aren’t they pretty? I was so impressed with these paints. Working with them was so easy and the coats where so thick and lovely. The coverage was fantastic. I purchased sample sizes as the stool really isn’t all that big. I ended up using one and a half sample tins of the Pale Powder and less than 1 sample tin of the Dix blue. I purchased two of each so I will just have to find something else to paint in this pretty blue colour.
Here’s what the stool looked like before the much needed makeover…..
I know… Gross! Do you understand me now? I tell you, I cleaned this stool many times. Usually daily BUT some of those stains where deep. Don’t even ask me what my kids got on there. I have no clue. All I know is that kids are messy and gross (and adorable) and seem to dirty and stain everything. Just glad I got on to making her pretty for my kitchen!
Here’s what you’ll need to replicate this look for your IKEA Step Stool Makeover:
1. Sandpaper – medium grit
2. Paint Primer
3. Your Choice Of Two Colours (I chose Dix Blue & Pale Powder in Farrow & Ball)
4. Paint Brush
5. Paint Tray
6. Material to protect your workspace
7. Painters Tape
1. Sand back the entire stool until smooth and all visible marks are removed. Wipe down with a dry cloth.
2. Pour primer into your paint tray. Prime entire stool. Let it dry for about 2 hours.
3. Apply first coat of Pale Powder (or your chosen colour) to the entire frame of the stool. Allow to dry for 2 hours.
4. Apply second coat of Pale Powder to the frame of the stool. Allow to dry.
5. Place painters tape to the areas where the step meets the stool frame so that you don’t accidentally paint the edges where the two colours meet. I placed painters tape around the legs, under the steps and wherever I saw that the two colours would meet.
6. Once your painters tape is on. Apply first layer of Dix Blue (or your chosen second colour) to the steps of your stool . Allow to dry.
7. Apply second and final coat of Dix Blue to the steps of the stool. Allow to dry.
All done! Yay! Now wasn’t that easy?!?
Overall I’m so, so happy with the end result. If you’re wondering why no final sealing coat? I asked the assistant at the store I purchased the paint from and she said no top coat needed. I was happy with that. Marks and stains wipe off so much easier now and they certainly not as obvious on the blue colour.
I love how nicely (but very slowly) my kitchen is coming together!
What do you think of the colours I chose? What are your preferred colours?
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Have a fabulous day!!
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