{Step Stool & Welcome Mandy to The Girl Creative}

{I’m so excited to announce that Mandy from Moody Girl Projects has joined us over here at The Girl Creative as a regular contributor! Yeah!! I’m so excited because I know that she will bring such great and inspiring crafty posts to this blog. If you are not familiar with her, then head on over to her blog and check. her. out. She does it all! And uses tools! I love that!!}
Now, onto her first post! šŸ™‚
This was originally posted on my craft blog, Moody Girl Projects.
It was such a fun, quick and easy project – that turned out to be SO useful – that I decided to share it here, too. I think your little ones will love a cute, sturdy step stool to reach the potty or wash their hands – I know mine do!

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 šŸ™‚

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 šŸ™‚

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!

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  1. @cheapchichome. Your step stool is just adorable. And it helps your little one learn.

  2. Oh! I’m SO going to make one (maybe two) of these. So cute! And it just so happens that I have some stools in the basement just waiting for some creativity to happen. Thanks for the idea.

  3. That came out positively adorable. I love the colors you chose and the antiquing. The “up” is the touch of brilliance that put it over the top! I’d smile every time I saw it! Okay, ya got me. I’m following and have added you to my blogroll! ~ Jenn

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