Little Painted Step Stool

I bought this little step stool at Wal-Mart about 8 years ago. I think they still sell the same one.

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It’s been used to reach many things, but my sons probably use it the most to wash their hands in the kitchen. I’d been wanting to do something to make it a little more appealing, but never got around to doing it. Then I saw Andy’s blog header on Poppies at Play and knew what to do. I considered different paint colors, but I kept coming back to black. I love black, but it would also go best in my kitchen.

It felt so good to be able to paint outside today. It got to 54 degrees, but there’s a chance of snow tomorrow. Boo! I’ve been painting in the basement through Winter and sometimes the smell comes upstairs, plus I need to keep the rest of my brain cells. First I sanded it, to rough it up a little and get some of the finish off. Then I wiped it down with a wet cloth to get all the dust off before painting. I know, I need to paint the deck. It’s on my ever growing list. 

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I used Valspar spray paint and painted the underside first. It dried so quickly. Yay, for painting outside. Then I painted the top and let it dry while I picked the kids up from school and ran a few errands.  

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I used my Cricut to cut a word and shape out of vinyl. I decided on “explore” for the boys and a dragonfly for Spring. I was going to use a bird, but then I really would have been coping Andy. I’m really loving how it looks now.

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Ammon wanted to try it out.

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Then Zach had to take it for a test drive.

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I still need to put a clear coat on it before I let the boys use it too much. It was so simple but really does look completely different and matches my kitchen so much better now. Ahhhh, black spray paint!

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{ 36 comments… add one }
  • Becky March 8, 2010, 9:23 pm

    I love the word you used–explore, that is great!

  • Melissa K March 8, 2010, 9:32 pm

    I repainted this exact same step-stool at our house last week! Only I did Heirloom White for our bathroom. Two of mine are still little enough to need a boost. 🙂

    I love the vinyl on yours!

  • Laurie March 8, 2010, 9:42 pm

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  • Suzanne March 8, 2010, 10:09 pm

    Really a cute idea. I love the word “explore” on the stool too. So cute.

  • Whitney Ulrich March 8, 2010, 10:27 pm

    Love it makes me want a step stool just so I can decorate it haha

  • Diane Carlson March 8, 2010, 10:53 pm

    Wow – I am so in awe of you!!! Do you live anywhere Michigan? (JK) My house is so unorganized it overwhelms me, so I just take a nap! I try and try different systems, but nothing seems to work. And nowadays I spend so much time on the computer less gets done. Oh well – I love your energy and enthusiasm – I am definitely marking down your blogsite and hope to visit it often!

    Hugs from Michigan – Diane

  • Allison March 8, 2010, 11:04 pm

    Wow, what a difference. The black looks so good!

    Allison @

  • Kim March 9, 2010, 6:02 am

    Just stumbled on your blog, loving it!!

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    party inspiration

  • Creative Decor by Brooke March 9, 2010, 7:40 am

    The stool turned out darling. Doesn’t it amaze you what a little paint will do. I do have to get me one of those Cricket Cutters.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog, I go to the Tai Pan in Clearfield also. I don’t brave Salt Lake to often.

  • Maria March 9, 2010, 10:50 am

    Hi Leanne, What a cute idea you had with the step stool. I purchsed one of those ugly plastic ones for my kiddies. One thing I want to try is to purchase a coffee table at a thrift shop and make it beautiful (but I’m a chicken to try). I think that if I start with a small item, like the step stool, I’ll get experience and get over my fears of making a huge mess.
    I had so much fun making the washer pendants, thanks for visiting me.

  • Tiffany March 9, 2010, 11:44 am

    Great word to use on a stool! It looks great, so much fun!

  • Rhonda March 9, 2010, 1:28 pm

    How Cute that turned out!! I have got to get me a Cricut!!! Hey, My birthday is coming soon!! uuuummmmmmm

  • Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage March 9, 2010, 3:05 pm

    Wow — what a difference a little paint makes!!

  • Jessi March 9, 2010, 7:37 pm

    Love it! The black makes it pop and become a piece of decor. And I the addition of the type and art make it even better!

  • TammyM March 10, 2010, 4:47 am

    What a cute little stool. I need to make myself one of these just to reach those high shelves.

  • Amanda Formaro March 10, 2010, 6:03 am

    I love the way it turned out! So cute!

  • ColleenwithMurals&More March 10, 2010, 1:33 pm

    I haven’t tried Valspar spray paint yet. I love that it dried quickly. I’m usually too impatient w/spray paints.

    And love the Cricut touches! Really ‘make’ the stool. Very cute!

  • Connie McGhee March 10, 2010, 5:12 pm

    Over the last year, I’ve painted every piece of white wicker, in and out of my house, BLACK! I LOVE it! It looks so stylish and has set me off in a totally different decorating direction.

  • Teri March 10, 2010, 9:37 pm

    That is SO much cuter then the plastic stools I bought at IKEA…hmmm…how long do you need to own a stool before ditching it for a wood one you can make so cute??? I just LOVE it!

  • DENISE March 11, 2010, 8:42 am

    Just adorable!
    Following you over from Shabby Chic Cottage!
    I am a follower!
    Please stop by!

  • Ashley March 11, 2010, 9:27 am

    It’s so cute! When you put the clear coat on, will you tell me what kind you used? I’m having a hard time with my black paint. The clear coat is going on cloudy looking.

  • The Comfort Girl March 11, 2010, 9:33 am

    I have this exact same stool, and I just painted it a dark brown yesterday! I haven’t decided what I’m putting on the top, yet, though.

  • lori March 11, 2010, 6:39 pm

    This is so cute. I love it. You did a great job.

    Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thurs. Please come by next week for another great party.

  • Liz@HoosierHomemade March 11, 2010, 9:53 pm

    Oh! That is super cute! Thanks so much for sharing!
    I’m visiting from Tip Junkie!

  • Jessica Hills March 11, 2010, 10:43 pm

    That is super cute and I am so glad you mentioned where you got it, because I have been looking for one at thrift stores but haven’t had any luck! I would love to have you join my Mclinky party Favorite Things Friday the 19th if you are interested!

  • Maryann March 12, 2010, 3:25 pm

    Love it… perfect for Spring!

  • Andy Porter March 14, 2010, 2:13 pm

    Oh Leanne, it is so CUTE! I love how punchy it looks with the black and white. What a cute font you used and I totally love the dragonfly!! What a great transformation!

  • Jen March 14, 2010, 2:48 pm

    Great job!! I love the font you used for lettering the stool…looks just wonderful.

  • Rachelle March 14, 2010, 6:53 pm

    LOVE IT! my kids would adore that!


  • Kaysi @ Keeping It SImple March 14, 2010, 8:52 pm

    That is super cute!

  • Wendy March 15, 2010, 12:17 pm

    Awesome! Love the word and dragonfly.

  • Rene March 15, 2010, 1:38 pm

    very, very cute.

  • kelley March 17, 2010, 2:53 pm

    love it… I have an old stool that I think could use a facelift… thank you for the idea. =)

  • jenjen March 17, 2010, 9:17 pm

    Your painted stool is so cute. I love that you put words on it too. How fun!

    Thanks so much for linking up to my party. I really appreciate it!


  • Kendall @ Finesse Your Nest March 18, 2010, 8:25 pm

    It turned out SO CUTE! I think I used to have a little stool like that once….where did that thing go?!

    By the way, I featured your family letter wall on my week in review post. Check it out and grab an “I Was Featured” button!

  • Amanda March 19, 2010, 10:05 am

    I bought a stool this week at Michael’s with the sole purpose of decorating. Partly to use as a footstool and partly to use so short little me can reach the top of the cupboards.

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