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…!
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]…
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:
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.
And this is how it turned out:
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!
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 here. Turns 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.
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.
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!
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