I have a 7 year old and a 3 year old – both of whom are too short to reach the sink in the bathroom without climbing.
I also have a couple of ugly old barstools.
So I decided to build a solution 🙂
First, I cut the legs off a stool, just under the first set of crossbars, making the stool a little less than a foot tall.
Then I put it in the kids bathroom and let them try it out for…well, WAY longer than I originally planned. When I finally got back on track, I gave the stool a light sanding to prepare it for painting.
I wanted it to say something cute, and considered “step” “reach” and a few others, but eventually decided on “up”
I chose Book Antiqua for the font (classic, but a little more decorative than regular old Times New Roman) and printed it out with the font set to 350.
When I apply a stencil to wood I use a glue stick – it holds it in place nicely but comes off super easy.
After “up” was glued down, I gave the stool one coat of primer and two coats of white semi-gloss spray paint.
Then I did some selective sanding to give it a “shabby” look, removed the stencil and rubbed some stain over the top to darken the wood tone of the word.
Last thing was a coat of clear acrylic spray to protect it from too much more “distressing” at the hands of my children 🙂
Even if you don’t have any old stools lying around your house you can usually pick them up for around $5 (or less!) at garage sales, thrift stores or on Craigslist. Go make yourself a stool!