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Kids' Painted Step Stool

How do you like this apple box? Take the trusty tool used on photo shoots and film sets, give it a custom paint job, and action! It's transformed into a scene-stealing step stool for your little leading man or lady.

kids painted step stool

Photography: Addie Juell

Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 2018

Introduction

The pretty, muted hues on our DIY stool will give any neutral bathroom a lift. Choose a wear-resistant formula that dries to a hard, furniture-quality finish. We used Benjamin Moore Advance semigloss interior paint, top to bottom in Sweet and Sour, Cork, Mountain Moss, and Normandy.

 

(Also pictured: Kohler Memoirs classic pedestal sink, 24", $549; and Purist wide-spread bathroom sink faucet, in Polished Chrome, $550, us.kohler.com. CB2 interior round wall mirror, 36", $249; Impression hand towels, $10 each; and Conway extra-large white basket, $199, cb2.com. Crate & Barrel Turkish-cotton 800-gram bath towels, $27 each, crateandbarrel.com.)

 

For more ideas, scroll through our entire collection of kids' bedroom ideas.

materials

  • Paint (Pictured: Benjamin Moore Advance semigloss interior paint, benjaminmoore.com.)

  • Paintbrush

  • Painter's tape

  • Playground sand

  • Clear adhesive pads

steps

  1. Paint the box sides to go with your décor (the color on this wall is Ralph Lauren's Iceberg), and split the difference on top, using painters' tape to ensure a crisp line.

  2. To make your box slipproof, mix a handful of hardwarestore playground sand into the tray for the two paints on top (traction: check), then add clear adhesive pads on the bottom corners.

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