Painting IKEA's Frosta Stool

IKEA's Frosta stool, a $12.99 version of an original Alvar Aalto design, is by now known to most as an affordable and versatile seating/side table option. It comes in a clear lacquered birch veneer and is simply begging for a little customization...

Here, we see three painting projects that make the Frosta stool into something of their owners' own creations:

First, from Door Sixteen, a few steps were taken to bring the Frosta a bit closer to its predecessor. Four legs were converted to three and the top of the stool was painted with two coats of black semi-gloss. The result is similar to a laminated iteration of Aalto's original.

Next is a full-on paint job in a vibrant red. Via IKEA Hacker, a reader named Eve decopatched her Frosta. Decopatching is kind of like decoupage - read more on it here.

Lastly, a graphic is painted onto the seat of a Frosta stool at HGTV.

Have you customized a Frosta stool before? Or do you have a temptation to do so? What did/would you do?

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.