I purchased one of those IKEA Bekvam step stools at a garage sale a few weeks back. Normally I’m not a fan of IKEA furniture, but in this case the price was right (at $3). I knew it would be cute painted up.
I have to admit though, I wasn’t expecting to blog about this one. I just thought I’d paint it quick and take it to Reclaiming Beautiful to sell. Nothing fancy, it would be an easy project. So I didn’t really take a ‘before’ picture of it, but then it turned out so fantastic that I had to share it with you guys.
So now I’m borrowing a ‘before’ photo from the web. Try imagining this stool, but dirtier and marred with some spots of paint (it must have been used in a workshop) …
I wanted to paint the entire thing using Fusion’s Buttermilk Cream. This is my favorite shade of pale yellow.
But when I pulled out my jar of this color it had only the smallest amount of paint left at the bottom. So sad.
Therefore I just used the Buttermilk Cream on the tops of the stool, and I used Fusion’s Limestone on the legs. These two colors make a lovely combo, I’ve used them before on a couple of pieces.
Once the paint was dried I pulled out Prima Marketing’s new Re.Design transfer called Delicious Menu.
I used parts of this transfer last week to dress up an old metal picnic basket and a couple of other things like this old enamelware coffee pot.
I simply pieced together different words that would fit on the stool and make some kind of sense.
Once I got started I couldn’t seem to stop.
What can I say, I just love adding words to things.
Super cute, am I right?
One last bit of info. I often see people asking what is used to ‘seal’ the transfers. I use different things depending on what paint I’ve used. In this case, since Fusion is so durable and has its own built in top coat, I just add a little bit of Fusion clear wax over the transfer itself and over the raw edges where I sanded the paint away to distress the piece.
So how about you, are you a fan of things with words on them? What do you think of this Bekvam stool update?