Banish those basic step stools in just an hour or two with this idea for an easy step stool makeover using scrapbook paper and Mod Podge! You’ll make a huge difference for little effort and money!
Making our closet more functional by adding more storage along the top of the closet system came with a little problem for this short girl.
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I was going to need a step stool to get to those baskets on top that I would occasionally need. I didn’t just want any basic step stool though – this was a great opportunity to add a little color, pattern and personality to the closet!
I found a step stool on clearance and turned it into this beauty. This little step stool makeover was one of the most fun projects I’ve ever done. It was super easy too. 🙂
Colorful DIY Step Stool Makeover
Supplies and Materials Needed:
- Step Stool – I found mine on clearance at Home Goods.
- Spray Paint (if you need to paint your step stool first.)
- About six pieces of scrapbook paper in your choice of pattern or color – I used this tropical leaves print.
- X-Acto Knife and Self Healing Cutting Mat
- Satin Mod Podge
- Small Paint Brush
- Upholstery Trim of your choice – I used this colorful tassel trim.
- Hot Glue Gun
If needed, spray paint your step stool first.
Mine started out looking like this and that most definitely would not work for my closet. 🙂 The entire stool won’t be covered with scrapbook paper; you’re going to have some of the edges showing, so pick a color that works well with your scrapbook paper.
I gave my stool a couple coats of semi-gloss white spray paint as I knew that would be a safe bet to go with my tropical leaves paper.
After the paint has dried, lay out one piece of your scrapbook paper along one of the steps.
Fold the paper over the step front to create a crease.
Put the paper on the cutting mat and place the ruler a little ways in from the crease.
Cut along the edge of the ruler. You want to leave a little space between the ruler and the crease to have a border of the white on the stool around the paper. To me, doing this just makes it look more finished.
Put a coat of Mod Podge on the step you just cut the paper for.
Apply the paper to the step and put a coat of Mod Podge on top of the paper as well.
After the Mod Podge has dried, apply one more coat over the paper.
Repeat the above process on each step and the sides of the step stool.
For the sides of the step stool, I had to use two sheets of paper as shown below.
Again, remember to cut the paper slightly smaller than your creases to allow for a white border around the paper.
Once you’ve applied all the paper, coats of Mod Podge and everything has dried, you’re ready to apply the upholstery trim.
To do this, simply run a small bead of hot glue around the edges of your step stool, then apply the upholstery trim.
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Isn’t this the happiest little stool you ever did see?
Want more great, but simple DIY projects?
DIY Agate Slice Lamp Finials – you won’t believe how gorgeous these are, but how simple they are to make!
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