DIY - Wooden Step Stool - Vintage Look

florence and duck egg blue step stool, Fall pumpkins and leaves in white vase.

Hi friends,

I've been in cleaning mode in my garage. It's been going for a while already.
The tools are organized.  Checked.
The shelves where I store lots of stuff are done. Checked.
All the pieces of wood now have a place of their own.  Double checked.
But hey, that's precisely the thing that I've been shuffling around.

I hit that moment when there's almost no space for another piece...
The more we build, the more we end up with lots of little pieces of wood that we don't want to part off with.

on wheels scrap wood cart full of wooden pieces.

I ended up with a good amount of square-ish pieces of wood when I worked on the shelves in my son's room. The ones on the left side of the cart. I needed to do something with them because more scrap pieces are coming every day! Hmm, that's when this project started.

Building a Step stool with a vintage look.

how to build a step stool - painting it to look old

Besides paint, the vintage look came with the addition of the scalloped apron. That piece came off from a hutch I transformed long ago - details here.

Since I  built this step stool with repurposed materials, I'm not going to give you a detailed tutorial. I'm giving you lots of details besides the measurements, a great way to replicate any project -IMO. ;)

piece of wood with the corners marked to be round up.

Cut the top board to size and round the corners. Set aside.

sliding compound miter saw
miter saw
The legs were cut on a 10° angle. It's easy to get confused on which way they go. Mark them.
Draw the design on the legs, and using a jigsaw, cut it out.

Kreg jig joinery for step stool

The scalloped apron trim was also cut on a 10° with the shortest point at 16¾".
The connecting pieces were attached with glue and pocket hole joinery. Their outer side has to be cut on an angle too.

Ryobi drill
Ryobi Cordless Drill
Four 1¾" screws were used to attach each of the legs to the center support. Use glue and do pre-drills.

wood - garage - building it

Almost done.

Time to add the top board.
-Place the top board right side down. Center the stool base on it and trace all around it's perimeter.
-Take away the base and make the predrills on the top board for where the screws will be driven.
-Flip the top board and countersink each of those holes.
-Finally, set the top board on the stool base and drive the screws from the top down.

scalloped apron on step stool - vintage looking

After caulking and sanding all around, this is how the little step looked.
Yep, ready for paint.

step stool - ASCP - Florence and Duck Egg Blue

I first gave it a coat of ASCP - Graphite.
Then, I used a mix of ASCP - Florence and Duck Egg Blue as a top coat, but Vaseline was used to give it that distressed, old feel.
After the first coat of paint is dry, rub Vaseline on those areas that get more wear, or are more likely to get chipped, like corners and edges. Apply the top coat, let it dry fully, then using a piece of cloth, clean the Vaseline off the wood.

I sealed the entire stool with clear and dark wax.

Chalkboard background, blue step stool, decorating for Fall

And here, is my little "Vintage step stool". :)

white pumpkins, indian corn, white vase full

Don't you love step stools? They remind me of my grandmother, she used to have two that she used all the time.

Pumpkin on floor, chalkboard background, wooden floor, blue step stool, green pumpkin

Well, this is not my first step stool and for sure, it's not going to be the last one... I still have plenty of material to build me some more! :)

For more DIY ideas check these out:

red bench with dimensions

green and blue girl's room with window bench

red step stool - Easy build.

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  1. How cute! You SO inspire me to make things!

    1. Thanks so much Brenda! It's good to know that. :)

  2. Great little stool, I like how you used the scalloped piece.

    1. Thanks Julie! I finally used that piece, and hey, I still have another one from the same hutch. I'm thinking on building a little shelf with that scalloped piece as crown.

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    1. I think they're good anywhere in the house. Thanks for stopping by Marty!

  4. This is adorable! I don't understand how you used the Vaseline though?
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    1. Thanks Sheila! You apply the first coat of paint, in my case the dark color. Once dry, using your fingers, you apply Vaseline to the edges and anywhere you want a distressed look. Paint it again with the top color, in my case the blue/green. Allow the paint to dry and then go with a rag over the areas that have Vaseline. All those areas are going to show your first color.

  5. Nice work! The stool is beautiful ♥

  6. Your stool is not only gorgeous, your instructions are excellent and easy to understand. We would love for you to link up this DIY post and others each week to our new Monday Social linky party that is still live on my blog. I pinned this to my Pinterest board, Fall.



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