Tuesday, March 26, 2013

"K" is for Kids Step Stool

diy kids step stool

Build your own kids step stool using plans from Ana White's book The Handbuilt Home or similar plans here.

diy kids step stool

A fast build using scrap wood, painted soft pink and personalized on the top step:

personalized kids step stool

kids step stool made from scrap wood

The edges are distressed and smooth and the cutout detail on the sides gives just a bit of vintage charm:

diy kids step stool details

diy kids step stool details

This stool is very similar to the Pottery Barn Kids step stool except mine cost almost nothing to make!

pottery barn kids step stool

Here's how to make the step stool:

1. Use the step stool plans from Ana's book The Handbuilt Home on page 92 or similar plans here and build the stool.

I used pocket holes throughout:

how to build a kids step stool

I even attached the steps from the underside with pocketholes:

how to build a kids step stool

how to build a kids step stool

2. Paint two coats Behr watermelon pink (1 part) + 2 parts white.
Print out name to fit step then trace letters with ballpoint pen to create slight indent: 

how to personalize a kids step stool

3. Paint on and inside indent with white enamel.
Seal stool two coats clear satin poly:

diy kids step stool for girls

7 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness - it looks even better than the Pottery Barn stools - love it! And I love your trick on hand painting letters - brilliant!

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  2. This turned out so cute! I think I want to make this stool my new "baby gift" item.

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  3. I've bookmarked so many of your projects to make myself- both building and sewing (except appliqueing letters- I've tried that once and I couldn't manage it. lol) But then I realized I rarely comment and tell you how much I appreciate your blog and your projects. :) My kids are a little big for step stools, but I may have grandbabies someday... ;)

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  4. Love this! I am pinning it for a "to do" later when the twins are older.

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  5. Love this stool, I could use one myself, especially in the kitchen to reach that cabinet over the refrigerator :)

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  6. That stool is just super cute and yours does look waaayyy better than the PB ones!! Thanks for posting your how-to Jaime!

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  7. I truly am in love with this project...I could actually do it (I love power tools), and I need to! Our sinks are all a little bit high for my youngest, and for visiting littles. I love the pink you finished your step stool with. Beautiful! Lynaea @ EveryDayBloom.com

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