A DIY IKEA Hack Project – Farmhouse Style

Industrial Farmhouse Style IKEA Step-Stool Hack


I so wish that we had an IKEA close by.  The closest one to us is about 90 minutes away {sad face} so I only get to go once or twice a year. Therefore, Marco and I try to make it a date.  Even though my girls are older – they can still get a bit whiny with a huge shopping event.  Since I enjoy all three floors of bliss and most of it is window shopping, I prefer for them NOT to spoil my fun! I do love them dearly though!

My husband tells me that the reason he doesn’t offer to take me to IKEA more often is because of one small tiny incident where I may or may have not thrown snow in my husbands face while we were leaving the store. Now if I had thrown snow in his face, it may have been because he shot a straw wrapper at my child (she does it to him all the time and I don’t say a word) and Momma Bear had to take care of Baby Bear!

For this project:

  • BEKVÄM step stool from IKEA
  • Minwax gel stain in walnut
  • Valspar paint sample from Lowes in Posh Red (Ever wonder who gets to name paint colors?  I seriously think I could love that kind of job!)
  • painters tape
  • stencils
  • foil washi tape from dollar general (only 2 bucks and there are two rolls in the package)
  • upholstery tacks
  • sponge brush
  • chip brush
  • and an hour of time

I took out all of the pieces and made sure i had everything (nothing worse than driving four hours to find that your are missing a screw),  We were all good. 


I then used the painters tape to make my lines for the top and the step.  Once it was taped off (Confession – I rarely measure) I took out the gel stain and applied it with a small chip brush by manufacturer guidelines, then wiped off the excess.

While the stain was drying, I opened my paint sample. I started painting the supports and sides with the foam brush.

Now for my favorite part -THE REVEAL!

I seriously love taking the tape off and seeing my beautiful stripes.  I love stripes. and polka dots and chevron. {Sigh} they all make me smile.

Do you love patterns?  Anything specific?


I used two coats of the red. It dried fast like a stain so was easy peasy!

Next, I stenciled my letters on.

None of Us are Perfect, so…

  1. Started with me stenciling “no.1,” I did it on the top. DUH. That is the second step up.  Not step one!
  2. Plus, I didn’t pay attention to my placement and it actually ended up backwards when I went to assemble it all.
  3. Epic fail number three came quickly behind the other two- when I was assembling the sides I put those on backwards too!  As my beloved Gram would say: BROTHER REBA!



So let me fix all of these errors {must have been new blog jitters?}  Once I got myself and the step stool back in order I completed the staining of the numbers.  Then, I simply used a 120 grit sandpaper to ‘erase’ my mistake with the No.1 misplacement. No big deal.

To finish it all off I wrapped the metallic washi tape around the edges.  Isn’t it pretty?  It took two rolls and since the packages were with random colors of metallic silver, gold, green and blue – I did have to buy a few packages.  At 2 bucks, I am not complaining.


And then to add more of the industrial feel I nailed in some upholstery tacks to corner areas.


washi tape 2At first, I didn’t think that the tacks were functional and that they were merely for decoration.  However, it helps secure the tape- especially at the seems – in the long run.  Not to mention, that sometimes a little bling really completes the look and feel of a piece!

I am so happy with the end result!  What do you think?  Can you believe that even with my oopsie daisy moments – it still took only about an hour? Below, you can see some of the details.





Did you notice that I am wearing scrubs instead of paint clothes while Marco photographed me working?  It is because I am a nurse.  Only, not the kind that does direct patient care anymore – so I sometimes use old scrubs as paint clothes.  I need to have dedicated clothing because I am super duper messy when I do any kind of Renovar work, or crafting, or really anything – just ask my husband about the mess that I make every time I cook!

Back on track ~this is also one of the first steps (pun intended) in our great big kitchen make-over.  A make-over that has been on my project list for well over a year – but life happens…and that project still waits.

Thanks so much for reading my little blog.  Please feel free to comment.  Also, remember that sharing is caring and is always appreciated!

Until next time my friends,



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