Tuesday, November 16, 2010

*Before & After* Painted Step-stool

Last week was the last of our "nice" days (as in warm days).  One afternoon, during Ella's nap, I decided to throw open the windows and redo a step-stool for Ella.  She is getting to the point where she wants to be where I am...all.the.time.  Which will be a bit easier once she's at counter height, rather than knee height!!

(Before - ick!)
Here's the step-stool before.  Lexi and I picked it up in the "returned items" section of Ikea two years ago, and it has been spending most of the time since then outside as a plant stand.  Now it's stained, dirty, yuck.

(After - yay!!)
After giving it a cleaning and light sanding, I whipped out some blue and yellow paint samples and a can of olive green returned paint (as in, the original recipient didn't feel it was quite the right shade). 

The green paint is an indoor/outdoor paint, so that was the first all-over layer.  I then painted the steps blue and edged them in a creamy-yellow. 

For a whimsical touch, I stamped the alphabet on the front of the steps and a few letters on top.

All in all, I'm really happy with how it turned out.  It's a bright touch in our kitchen, and best of all, Ella is now able to see what all the fuss is about during dinner prep!


Kat said...

Love it!

Pat said...

Love it and I can just picture you and Ella in the kitchen together!


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