Before & After: Well-Loved IKEA Stool Gets a Fresh Look

published Oct 20, 2014
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(Image credit: David Telford)

The omnipresent IKEA BEKVÄM step can quickly add a touch of Scandi style to any home. But what happens when it’s been loved too much, used in too many ways, and become more eye-sore than icon?

(Image credit: David Telford)

The clean design and crisp untreated wood can make an impact immediately after you’ve assembled the flat pack wonder step. But after a few years of being used a night stand, dining chair, stepladder, painting stool, saw horse and door stop, it was time for a refresh.

For a recent weekend project we decided to finally freshen up the old step with some cheap dark grey wood stain and some leftover gloss paint we’ve been using on the doors and skirting in our bedrooms.

Thank you to my partner Cathy for doing all the hard work!

Re-edited from a post originally published 10.20.14-NT