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

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, CB2 interior round wall mirror, 36", $249; Impression hand towels, $10 each; and Conway extra-large white basket, $199, Crate & Barrel Turkish-cotton 800-gram bath towels, $27 each,

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


What you need


How to do it

Part 1

Step 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.

Step 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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