Once upon a time, The Hubs and I bought a Bekvam stool at Ikea. It was cheap, it was functional and it had that nice safe “beech” look that fit in with everything.
Years passed– we used that little step stool to reach the high places when painting our first home together, The Hubs brought it outside with him and used it to hang Christmas lights on low eves, I used it in the kitchen while cooking to reach high up places, the kids used it in the bathroom to brush their teeth. Over the years it was covered in paint speckles, footprints, kitchen splatters and toothpaste. It was a functional stool, that got a lot of love, but it had become… well… unsightly!
What is a creative girl to do when she has a piece of furniture that is functional but no longer fabulous? I decided to be this little stool’s crafty fairy godmother and give it a beautiful makeover… of course!
I’ve long admired hand painted stools that I’ve seen on Etsy and at craft shows but haven’t had the expendable budget to buy one. One of the things I’ve come to love about Ikea is that the neutralness of a lot of their furniture is the PERFECT canvas for customization. So I decided to customize our Bekvam Stool myself and give it the facelift it deserves.
This took me an hour or two over one weekend. It’s so easy that ANYONE could do it. Perfect for the beginner who has the desire for custom handmade furniture but not the skill (like me… hee hee).
Here is how you can make one yourself! (more…)