One of the best bargains at IKEA is the solidly built Bekvam step stool. It's particularly practical for households with young children and it's most definitely a workhorse in our kitchen for washing hands (aka water play), watching mommy cook, and putting on our shoes. We love the solid wood construction and butcher block look but we've thinking about punching it up a bit. Jump below for some photos and ideas...
We also like the effect of basic black paint (from Mini-nursery tour: Otis in the House).
Other ideas we're considering:
A friend suggested using batting to cushion the seat and covering in fabric but we want to keep the surface hard and stable for the little one. Anyone else have a good idea for the Bekvam?