6/4/12

{modge podge} Step Stool

Modge Podge may be one of the greatest things ever.  And while it's not even the most expensive material to purchase at your local supply shop, it's even easier to make!   Half and half, school glue and water.  That's it.  The secret is out...

But before we go any further, have you seen the Ginger Snaps Giveaway that I'm hosting this week?  What a darling {hello} sign for your door.  So cute!  And it could be all yours!  A few simple steps (and a few more if you want extra entries)  Be sure to check Ginger's shop, blog and the giveaway out {here}

And now back to the project at hand.

But for this project, I used the real thing, mostly because I had some leftover from my DIY coasters you can find {here}.  The hubs had put together these step stools for Liv to use at the sinks and counters awhile back and he's been on my case to do "something creative" with them (as the ugly, primed white boards weren't exactly en vouge)



Then it came to me - I LOVE the paper I used for those coasters, and I had nearly the entire mat stack left over.  Why not patch-work something together and see how far I could get?  Turns out, I had just enough!


Get your stuff together:  Modge Podge, foam brush, paper you intend to use rather than trash 
And if you're doing this inside, like me, I'd recommend a drop cloth - you'll see my ugly, painted-splattered one in a few photos





See why it needs to change??


Start gluing.  First a coat on the wood, lay your paper down, and a second coat over it...


...keep going...


...and going until you're satisfied with the coverage and beauty of it all.  
Because ours is used around water, we sprayed it four times with a clear coat.
Highly recommended step.


Perfect for little feet.


Dirty little toes.
But I still love them.


And the step folds up, so I don't continue to trip over it as I go from the couch in the living room to the fridge to refill my wine glass.  See, always thinkin'


Not too shabby!

And if you want to know how to make the step stool itself, let me know.  I'll have the hubs draw out the templates and post it here for you!  

14 comments:

Cajun Cowgirl said...

I love this! It looks so easy and I've always got paper lying around. How did you get the corners so perfect?

Liz said...

Thank you! I either layed the paper so the straight edge was right on the corner OR allowed for plenty of overhang to modge it and tuck it over. The bottom is far less pretty than the top!

Hopeful1 said...

That is so cute!
- Hope : )

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Shannon Dew said...

Well now how cute is THAT!? Adorable! I'm pinning it!

Kim (TheMoney-Pit) said...

That is so darling! And so are the little feet.. :)

Connie said...

Wow! Love this, please share it! Link it up with me on my Wow Us Wednesday, ok? Over at www.familyhomeandlife.com

Bronwyn said...

Oh! This is awesome! I love the mix of papers you chose! What alovely way to jazz up a plain old step-stool. I have a stool just like this and you've just inspired me to "do it up."

By the way, I am a new follower.
Bronwyn @ Queen B Creative Me

Shelby @ The Bean Sprout Notes said...

You say it folds up? how clever is that!

Melanie @ bear rabbit bear said...

Cute! Thanks for linking up today!

tracie said...

That step stool is super cute! I want to make one now!

tracie
weddedblissplusbaby.blogspot.com

Kathryn Pepper said...

So cute! It looks way better now :) I'm featuring this at the link party tonight. Thanks for linking up!

Kathryn
destinationcraft.blogspot.com

Trish - Mom On Timeout said...

What a fabulous idea! I love how it turned out! Pinning right now! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

Katie's Nesting Spot said...

We have a basic white step stool I need to break out the papers and make over ours.

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