Thursday, November 17, 2016

Making an Old Stool New Again!

In Sofia's new room I plan on hanging bookshelves on one wall.  In order to have space for books I will need to run the shelves up the wall higher than she can reach.  So I decided to put the stool that we have had in our bathroom for the past 7 or 8 years into Sofi Sue's room so she could reach the higher shelves.  Of course, I didn't want to put it in the room as is!  When on an Ikea trip recently I purchased the cutest wrapping paper.

MYTISK Gift wrap, roll IKEA

I don't usually waste money on wrapping paper.  When we used to get a newspaper I always used that to wrap presents and now that we no longer get a newspaper I purchase the large rolls of brown painters paper from the hardware store and wrap with that.  But I wanted this paper so badly I decided that I would get it for Sofi Sue's room and figure out what to do with it later.  Enter, the stool redo!  Here is the stool.

I bought this years ago for a couple of bucks at a yard sale.  It was originally a light wood but I painted it white.  That wasn't necessarily the best choice for something that would be stood on by dirty little children and it looks a bit worse for wear.  And this is how it looks after I tried washing the dirt and stains off!  I traced the sides of the stool onto the Ikea wrapping paper.

I also measured and cut the paper to fit over the steps.  Using Mod Podge I glued the paper to the stool and then put several coats of Mod Podge on top in the hopes that the stool will hold up better over time.

I'm glad I got the salt in that shot!  It looks ok but definitely shows better when it is not in direct sunlight.  I was disappointed that there were many air bubbles trapped under the paper and all the smoothing in the world wasn't getting those suckers out.  Oh well, the stool is now done and as I'm getting closer to building the loft bed (hopefully we'll be doing that this weekend!) I'm excited about getting all the little things I've made and plan on making into the finished room!

Here are some of the other things I've made so far for Sofi Sue's room:

Wire basket for stuffed animals

T-Shirt rag rug

Jeez, is that it?  I'd better get cracking at all of the fun stuff I want to make for this room!


  1. I am constantly impressed with how creative you are! I can't wait to see Sofi's room at Christmas!

    1. thanks mom. we're working on the bed now, hopefully we'll get that done soon and then i can start working on all the finishing touches!