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Ikea Bekvam step stool hack

The other day I finally purchased the Ikea Bekvam step stool! I know, how did I cope without one for so long? Well, today I’ll show you my Ikea Bekvam step stool hack and you might run to get one for yourself…!

Ikea Bekvam step stool hack kreativk.net

Ok, so my excuse, [not that I needed one, but..] was, that it would come in handy if I wanted to reach something really high! Or, for Amelie, to help out in the kitchen, it’ll be a lot more comfortable to just climb onto this step stool, instead of the chair she used so far…..well, sort of anyways…. I actually didn’t really need this step stool, except, that it’s just a perfect hack, a perfect make over and I really wanted to have it. Does that happen to you? I mean, what do we really need?  I’m not gonna go into that right now, no worries… I just wanted to get this step stool, to get my creativity out and have a nice easy project! And I thought that I was gonna use it for a little deco as well of course! And it was only 12 Euros, so why the heck not!? 

Ikea Bekvam step stool hack

It is the perfect make over, at least for me, because there is no sanding or any kind of big prep required, as it is plain, untreated, solid wood. Perfect! Here  you can find it at Ikea [ no, no affiliate link here, just Ikea love]…

Ikea Bekvam step stool hack/kreativk.net

I started by painting all the pieces in a light grey~ish tone before assembly. That’s so convenient, no tricky corners to paint, just plain pieces… I gave it about two coats of paint.

When all was dry, I grabbed the two side parts [legs] and spray~painted the bottom part, just underneath the first step, in gold. And when that was dry, the assembly began! Super easy, I just followed the instructions and all took me like 5 minutes.

Here’s how it looked by then:

Ikea Bekvam step stool hack/kreativk.net

But I still thought that I wanted to add something to the top step, so I taped off two stripes with washi tape [I still don’t have any painters tape…]. Then I covered the middle [not shown in the pic below] and bottom part of the stool, cause I didn’t want it to get any accidental spray paint and sprayed the gold paint on the top part, to end up with two horizontal stripes.

Ikea Bekvam step stool hack/kreativk.net

And this is how it turned out:

Ikea Bekvam step stool hack/kreativk.net


Ikea Bekvam step stool hack/kreativk.net


Ikea Bekvam step stool hack/kreativk.net

And then I styled it two different ways: 

The first is beside my armchair as a little tray~holder. If I actually ever wanted to use it as a step stool, this would be an easy grab! The little tray on top has a cute little side story as well… My daughter Stella found it on the curb for me! Isn’t that so cute? Finding stuff for mommy on the side of the road. That was in Canada where people just put their stuff out, here that doesn’t really happen. So she was at Grandma’s house one afternoon and their neighbours moved out and left a whole lot of stuff outside for the garbage truck……or kids like Stella to grab…. and bring their mommys. It was a different colour and she brought it home and was super proud! We cleaned & spray painted it and I kinda love it! She still sometimes says: remember when I found this for you on the curb?? LOL. I love it!

Ikea Bekvam step stool hack/kreativk.net


Ikea Bekvam step stool hack/kreativk.net


Ikea Bekvam step stool hack/kreativk.net

The other way I styled it, is as a little side table for my sofa. You know, how I’m looking to change out my current side tables, I have a whole post about it hereTurns out it’s not that simple getting stuff shipped from North America over to Europe, or let me say, it’s pretty costly… so I will have to think of something or try to find similar ones over here…sniff… But in the meantime I thought, I could also use my Ikea Bekvam step stool hack as a small tiny side table. 

Ikea Bekvam step stool hack/kreativk.net

I used a crate and filled it with books to make it a little bit higher and then placed the lamp on top. Like this the lamps on each side of the sofa also are on the same height, which I think looks nicer.

Ikea Bekvam step stool hack/kreativk.net

And that’s my Ikea Bekvam step stool hack friends! What do you think? Which style is your favourite??  Do you own this step stool already, are you getting in your car right now to head to your nearest Ikea to make your own hack?  Let me know, show me, I’d love to see! 

Thanks for visiting!

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  • Diana
    20/04/2016 at 19:10

    Your stool is just perfect, Katrin–I love the simple gold touches. Thanks so much for linking your posts with us regularly at Vintage Charm–we enjoy your projects 🙂

    • Katrin
      20/04/2016 at 22:02

      Aw thank you Diana! I appreciate you taking the time to come and visit!! 🙂

  • Amberjane
    20/04/2016 at 09:26

    I love that little stool and how you have used it – Thanks for sharing with Pin Worthy Wednesday Katrin

    • Katrin
      20/04/2016 at 11:22

      Thanks so much!!

  • Tara @ Lehman lane
    20/04/2016 at 03:00

    What a fun way to glam up an Ikea step stool Katrin! Love the gold, really pretty!!! Very creative to use it s a step stool too.

    • Katrin
      20/04/2016 at 07:47

      Thank you Tara! Yes, I like the different uses you can have for it! 😉

  • Mimi
    19/04/2016 at 11:10

    Super super cute Katrin! You are so clever! Thanks for linking at Five Star Frou-Frou this week. Love, Mimi xxx

    • Katrin
      19/04/2016 at 22:19

      Thank you Mimi! 🙂

  • Nikki
    18/04/2016 at 20:30

    Katrin, I’ve never been to an IKEA store, so I’m a bit out of the loop when it comes to their furniture styles, I love the clean lines and the modern feel that it has. And this little stool turned out so cool! Love the gold tipped legs and the stripe on top, it looks perfect in your home! I also love that it is mult-functional, and it looks really great with the “found” tray on it beside your chair! Love it!

    • Katrin
      18/04/2016 at 21:58

      I’m sure you’d find something you’d love there Nikki! Ikea has something for everyone, I think! I’m happy you like how the little stool looks now, I only did a few little changes to it but yes, it makes a difference. I’m happy you stopped by, Thank you for your nice words Nikki!

  • Pili
    18/04/2016 at 19:44

    It looks wonderful Katrin!! Now it doesn’t seem as an Ikea step stool, it has its own personality. I really love a good Ikea hack and this is one of them!!
    By the way, Stella was so cute to bring you that tray… that’s adorable.

    • Katrin
      18/04/2016 at 20:40

      Thanks Pili! Yes, I loved when she gave me that tray and was super proud she found such a treasure! 🙂

  • Erlene
    18/04/2016 at 01:23

    I love Ikea stools. I like how you were able to use these for side tables. My Ikea stool is too short and not sold anymore, but I repainted it too and love it. Can’t be the prices at Ikea.

    • Katrin
      18/04/2016 at 07:46

      Yes, I know, they are great right? I love these kind of Ikea Hacks! Thanks for stopping by Erlene!

  • Life Loving
    17/04/2016 at 19:38

    It looks really nice. I like how it can be doubled up for different functions.

    Sally @ Life Loving

    • Katrin
      17/04/2016 at 21:30

      Thanks! Yes, that’s what I like about this as well!

  • sheri
    17/04/2016 at 06:19

    I love it and the pillows in the white chair too! I love useful and attractive and may have to get one too, so thanks for the info.! Thanks for linking up with Funtastic Friday!

    • Katrin
      17/04/2016 at 09:56

      Oh, thanks so much, that’s so nice of you to say! i’m so happy you like this!!! It’s a super fun make over for sure!

  • Celeste
    15/04/2016 at 03:06

    You are so creative and you did a really great job with this one.I really like the stripes.

    • Katrin
      15/04/2016 at 13:14

      Thank you Celeste! I’m happy you like it!

  • Lela
    14/04/2016 at 18:51

    Katrin, this is fantastic! I love what you’ve done with this step stool. Thank you so much for sharing at Inspiration Thursday. Great to see you!

    • Katrin
      15/04/2016 at 10:47

      Aww, Thanks so much Lela! I love coming to your party! Tonight I’m actually hosting my own linky “Sweet Inspiration” together with three awesome bloggers, why don’t you join and link up! Would love to have you!

  • Brittany Merth
    14/04/2016 at 15:38

    Looks great! I love how it can be used as a little side table when you’re not using it as a step stool. I’m all about multiple uses for things.

    • Katrin
      15/04/2016 at 10:35

      That’s what I like about this one too! Thanks for stopping by Brittany!

  • Marie, The Interior Frugalista
    14/04/2016 at 14:42

    A Bekvam with some glam! The touches of gold took this little step stool up several notches Katrin.

    • Katrin
      15/04/2016 at 10:32

      Haha, yes sometimes a little glam is good!!! Thanks Marie!!

  • Elizabeth
    13/04/2016 at 21:09

    I love this step stool and how you re-decorated it! We did this with our daughter’s ikea table, painted it darker and it came out great!


    I love ikea pieces because they are so easily hackable into brand new things. We’re going to being making a bench soon enough for our bedroom to hold our sheets!

    liz @ j for joiner

    • Katrin
      13/04/2016 at 22:04

      Thank you so much for your compliment! I just checked out your adorable blog and your daughter’s ikea table! How lovely! I agree, ikea furniture are the best for make overs!

  • Brianna
    13/04/2016 at 16:01

    Love it! You would never think step stool when seeing it. Amazing what a coat of paint can do. I love that you used the washi tape. I am horrible about having everything on hand to do a project and often substitute.

    • Katrin
      13/04/2016 at 19:37

      Thank you very much Brianna, I still haven’t gotten painters tape, lol… I really have to, cause all my nice washi tape will be used up if not! Thanks for your kind compliment!!!

  • Sandra
    13/04/2016 at 13:22

    Don’t you love it when your kids find stuff for you! My granddaughter saved a cup with a lid because she knew I would find a use for it. I thought the stool was very pretty with the washi tape and then you took it up another notch. You styled it beautifully and we’re so happy that you are sharing your links with us again this week at Celebrate Your Story link party. Have a fun and productive week!

    • Katrin
      13/04/2016 at 15:26

      Oh that’s so cute, they just know us, hey? yes, I love when she finds stuff for me, lol! even if it is in the garbage or at the side of the road, haha… Thanks for stopping by Sandra!

  • Ilka
    13/04/2016 at 13:18

    This is a great makeover. It’s great that this little table comes unfinished – makes painting so much easier. Love your idea with the pattern, and you’re so right, it makes a great side table. Looks wonderful!

    • Katrin
      13/04/2016 at 15:24

      Thanks Ilka, yes Ikea has several great pieces with make over possibilities, love it, it makes it so much easier 😉 and I love easy 😉

  • Sam @ Raggedy Bits
    13/04/2016 at 08:15

    What a lovely practical stool! So many purposes and so pretty on the eye! 🙂

    • Katrin
      13/04/2016 at 09:28

      Thanks so much Sam!

  • Lynn
    12/04/2016 at 12:51

    Hi Katrin…so, I really love where I live except that the closest IKEA is 4 HOURS AWAY! I mean…who does that? Think it should be a universal law that everyone should have access to IKEA within 2 hours…is that so unreasonable? In any event, I’m always drooling when I see everyone’s IKEA hacks…it’s like they are just teasing me with all the IKEA wonderful-ness they have access to! And your stool is no exception. First of all, of course it’s handy…and of course you needed to buy it! You would’ve been foolish not too. Second, you made it so ‘Katrin’…it looks wonderful. I love the touches of gold you added…Perfection. And I love all of the many ways you can style it.
    As usual…well done my friend.


    • Katrin
      12/04/2016 at 14:53

      OMG, I can’t believe what you just told me, 4 hours away! That can not be! I’d not be able to deal with that, lol! I have mine, like 15mins. away….although that isn’t that good sometimes either, if you know what I mean. wink wink. But, can’t you order online? Although it’s way nicer to go of course, but don’t they deliver.. ? Oh well, you can always make a weekend trip out of it and spend the night and go two days in a roll, lol! Oh Thank you for coming by today! Made my day! Hugs!

  • Jenny Kavanagh
    12/04/2016 at 07:42

    This is really wonderful. It makes a perfect side table. You have the wheels in my head turning as to where I can find a spot in my home for something like this!
    Have a great week Katrin!

    • Katrin
      12/04/2016 at 10:48

      Thank you so much Jenny! Wishing you a lovely week as well!

  • Keri
    11/04/2016 at 17:04

    Katrin, this IKEA step stool is too cute!! I love how you painted it and gave it those gold highlights!! I also like the 2 ways you styled it. It’s amazing how different it looks with depending on the things you put on it. That’s cute that your daughter brought you home the tray, so sweet!! You did a great job on this step stool!!

    • Katrin
      11/04/2016 at 20:12

      I’m quite happy with it and now I’m looking at other IKEA hacks, lol, I got a taste of how easy and fun they are! Thanks Keri 🙂

  • Mary-the boondocks blog
    11/04/2016 at 16:54

    Katrin I want one too! I had gone to Ikea a week ago and didn’t get it because I was too tired…lol. I love the way you painted it and the styling as well. It’s perfect for a side table! That story you told about your little Stella finding the tray for you so sweet!

    • Katrin
      11/04/2016 at 20:11

      Oh, get it next time Mary! For the money it costs it’s such a fun thing to make over I think and so versatile too! Thanks for stopping by friend! 🙂

  • Christine
    11/04/2016 at 14:39

    Loving the stool, I need one of these in my kitchen for those pesky upper shelves. Now I don’t have an excuse about not having one that fits my style. You did a great job! I have this post scheduled on my FB to be shared around 2 pm I think, to help get the word out 😉

    Thanks for joining the Dishing It & Digging It Link Party, I always look forward to seeing your posts!

    • Katrin
      11/04/2016 at 16:08

      Thanks Christine! That’s so so nice of you, I appreciate it! Have a lovely week!

  • Claire
    11/04/2016 at 14:13

    Love the transformation and love the stripe but I also really love your washi tape!

    • Katrin
      11/04/2016 at 16:07

      Thanks so much Claire! yes, the washi tape is cute, hey? too cute to be using it for this, I really have to get painters tape!

    • Katrin
      11/04/2016 at 16:10

      Thanks so much Claire! I really should get some painters tape, this washi tape is too cute to be using it for this 😉