our new step stools

Most of my projects these days are big ones – like painting rooms and tearing out carpet. Not much to post on those things until they are done. I guess I could write weekly painting updates, but that would be pretty boring. I did sneak in a two little projects recently. We needed a couple step stools: one for the studio sink and one for our pull-up bar. I used the Bekvam stools from Ikea at $15.00 each.

For the studio stool, I used basic acrylic paint in Behr “Cool Melon” color. For the pull-up bar stool, I used “Fortune” color inย Americana Decor chalky finish paint; it was my first time to try chalk paint.


I’ve never used chalk paint before, but have wanted to try it for a while. My favorite color is green, but it is difficult to decorate with for me. It can be so bold and over powering. I thought I would start with a small stool. Eventually, the stool will be in a room with gray walls and white floors. I used Americana Decor chalky finish paint in the color Fortune. As far as the chalk paint goes, I was a little frustrated at first. It goes on so differently than acrylic paint. However, I soon got my groove with it. I played with adding water and white paint to the green. It was so much fun. Once I added the wax top coat, I understood what all the hype is about regarding chalk paint. I ended up painting a nearby tabletop white too.2.14stool-5

You can see the different tones in the green paint. This is from thinning it with water and also adding some white.2.14stool-6

The step stool in the studio has been super helpful for the kids…and it is cute!2.14stool-8

The green stool will look much better in its new home when its new home is finished! You can see in the pull-up picture the gray I’ve added to the walls. I’d paint the pull-up bar too, but my guys won’t let me!2.14stool-102.14stool-12

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  • kelly - What a great idea! I have one of these stools hanging out in my kitchen. It needs a good sanding, but this would be perfect for it!

  • Anastasia - You are rocking again Ashley:) Great job turning plain stools into bright nice-looking pieces ) Now I am all inspired to go and paint my whole house….wonder what my guys will say to that? ๐Ÿ™‚
    And I absolutely LOVE Ikea! Nicely Done!

  • stephany - I have two of those stools that I haven’t painted yet! You have inspired me…

  • tammy h - Did you use a special tool to paint those neat (as in tidy) grey strips? Even when I use painter’s tape, my paint bleeds.

  • Katie - Love the stools! So cute!
    Just a tip, we have those & added on nail on rubber feet from our local hardware store – so much sturdier that way.

  • Amanda - This is awesome !!! Yay for chalk paint!! I knew you would love it!!!

  • Alison - Green!! Jordan Ferney at Oh Happy Day just did some enviable things with the color green (http://ohhappyday.com/2014/02/studio-kitchen-makeover/). The step stools are ADORABLE! Great color choices.

  • Necole@seriouslysassymama - Green is such a great color. I am thinking about updated my girls room, and using this as the accent. Those stool are on my list for my next Ikea run.

  • AnnMarie - I just got a Bekvam for myself a few weeks ago and painted gold “socks” on it. Spotting the Bekvam stools in people’s house could almost be a game — they’re everywhere! For good reason, though, since they look great and they’re infinitely customizable. And I got such a kick out of the warning sticker Ikea includes with the stools (you can see that here, if anyone’s interested: http://littlelessy.com/2013/05/ikea-bekvam-stool-makeover).

  • Angela - I’m so glad I saw this. I was about to buy some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to paint my cedar chest. I am excited about this new line I can try for way cheaper. Now just picking a color will be the hard part.

  • Katie S - So what changed about your opinion about chalk paint after using the wax? What is all the hype about? ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Bree - If you have a hard time with them sliding on slick floor, we added rubber from a car belt to the bottom, it was the perfect width, and we just cut it into 4 pieces to fit on the feet. Glued the crap out of them, and haven’t had any issues with it coming off. Ours slid out on my 2 year old and resulted in a busted chin on the cabinet.

  • Taylor - I love updating unfinished furniture and this looks so cute! Did you put a coating on it at all?



  • Tami - Hi, Sorry to bother you. I am just wondering how you got that look on your cement floor? I pulled up the carpet in my daughter’s room and want that same look. Thanks!

  • AshleyAnn - Tami – it is new concrete. When we built the room, we knew we wanted to keep the floors concrete, so the guys that poured the concrete worked hard to get it super smooth. We haven’t sealed or stained it yet.

  • AshleyAnn - Taylor – I did put a clear coat on the pink stool. I have not done any coating on the green one.

  • Izzy - The step stools look so cute I love both colours! The chalk paint looks fun.

  • Jen O. - I’m with Katie S. what changed your mind about working with the chalk paint?

  • AshleyAnn - Katie – before I put on the wax it just felt chalky..not smooth or easy to clean. The wax smooths it all down and adds a hard finish. I’m going to be using chalk paint a lot more now ๐Ÿ™‚

  • AshleyAnn - Jen – I just posted a reply

  • Cat - What do you use for the wax top coat?

  • Michelle W - What a brilliant idea! We have several of these stools in our home but, I never thought to paint them. Such a great way to accent color and cover up stains and footprints on the tops of stools :/ Also, that pull-up bar…family fave ๐Ÿ™‚ Miss you Ash!

  • AshleyAnn - I used the DecoArt wax that is part of their line

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