07th Jun2013


How to Upcycle a Step Stool for Kids

by Dinah Wulf

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I found this step stool for kids at Goodwill the other day.  It was $7.00.  Man, am I lucky with my thrift store finds lately!  Just the day before I almost bought a kid’s step stool at a retail store for $20.00; and it was on sale.  Thank goodness my cheapskate-ness (is that a word?) got the best of me! Naturally, this find resulted in a great trash to treasure project.

I decided that I wanted to pad it and add fabric since I had some left over padding from the $5 garage sale bench I made not long ago.

Here are the materials you need:

  • Wooden step stool
  • High density craft foam (it doesn’t have to be high density, but this is what I had so I used it)
  • Spray adhesive
  • Half yard of fabric
  • Spray paint
  • Drop cloth
  • Sand block and sand paper
  • Scissors
  • Staple gun
  • Staples
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Ribbon

Here is the stool before.

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Thrift store finds can often be questionable when it comes to cleanliness.  After I cleaned the stool, I had to lightly sand and paint it because of the marks and scratches.

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Once it was dry, I cut and pieced together the craft foam to fit the top of the stool.

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I used a craft spray adhesive to attach it.

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I bought a half a yard of outdoor fabric and cut it to size.

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I turned the fabric upside down on my craft table. Placed the stool padded side down and centered and stapled the fabric to the rim of the stool, pulling the fabric taught as I stapled.

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Next I trimmed the excess fabric.

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I hot glued ribbon around the trim to give it a finished look.  Here is an after photo!  My daughter loves it.  She props her little legs up on it when she looks at her books in her reading nook I made her.  It’s adorable!

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Dinah has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from California State University Fullerton. She is a Curator for Style Me Pretty Living, a Blogger at Earth911 and GMC Trade Secrets, and a member of Martha’s Circle. Her website, DIY Inspired has been recognized by Mashable, Parenting.com, and Circle of Moms as a Most Creative Blog. Dinah was featured on Linqia’s Community Spotlight, as an influential community leader.

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