Decor / DIY

Ikea Bekvam Stool Makeover


Ikea has so many great basics that you can use as is, or add a few new finishing touches to transform them into something  new and exciting! One of my favorites that you see all over Pinterest, is the 2-step Bekvam wood stool. This is a great, basic, yet practical item that everyone can use. It comes in a sanded wood finish, ready to be transformed. I decided I wanted to keep mine pretty clean and simple, with a bohemian touch. I purchased a stencil to apply to the top step and decided to do a dipped look to the legs, with a subtle lilac paint.


Step 1: Put together your stool. It comes in pieces, so make sure you know how to follow picture directions 🙂 (There are no words)

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Step 2: Place the stencil in the area you want your pattern to appear on the top stair. I wanted the pattern to be off center and almost coming off to the side, so I taped it exactley the way I wanted it to lay. Dip your stencil sponge in the paint and start dabbing on top of the stencil. Be sure to get the paint in every edge of the openings to make sure you will see a complete pattern when you pull the setncil away.

*TIP* I purchased my stencil and stencil sponger dabber tool from Michaels and used coupons. You can also find them on Amazon!

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Setp 3: Tape off the legs with painters tape, where you want the paint to end. Be sure to measure up the legs if you want all of them to be even. I wanted the paint to go a little further up the back legs, so I measured about an inch higher. Also, make sure your tape is firmly placed so there is no bleeding when you pull the tape off.

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Step 4: Use a paint bruch or sponge and paint the bottom of the stoll legs up to the tape. Let this dry before peeling off the tape.

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You can see the stencil design, LOVE it!

Ikea Bekvam 6The finished product. I kept the stool in it’s raw wood state, but you can stain it different colors, paint it, decopage it, pretty much anything your heart desires. It’s such a fun, and easy project. And really, you can never have too many stools! I’m thinking I defintely need at least one more downstairs. You can also use this as a cute side table too. What would you do with your Bekvam?

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