ikea step stool hack with washi tape

It has been a while since I wanted to give my dull Ikea Bekvam step stool a makeover. It was not matching very well in my white kitchen so I figured I would paint it in white and as I am almost obsessed with washi tape, I tried to give it a nice colourful touch… I turns out really great so I thought I would share this easy tutorial with you.

before after step stool


Supplies needed

  • Your Bekvam step stool of course
  • Journal or plastic protection (for paint spraying)
  • White colour spray paint
  • Washi tape (also called masking tape) – use any types and width you like and looks great together
  • Mod podge or other decoupage medium
  • Paint brush

I found the colour spray and the mod podge in CN square craft store, Yau Ma Tei which is one of the stores from my 10 shops list every craft lover in Hong Kong should know.

DIY steps

1. Clean your step stool

Remove dust to have a clean surface to apply the paint

2. Paint your step stool in white

Use the spray paint in two to three layers to paint the stool.
This is after the first layer. It was obviously not enough.

first layer paint white

So I went for a second one.

3. Apply the washi tape on the steps

Make sure you leave no gap between the strips and you apply firmly the strips on the top step.
Cut the edges with care.

washi tape ikea hack step stool

Be careful especially around the stool handle.

washi tape step stool makeover

Apply the same pattern on the bottom step.

bottom step of stool with washi tape


4. Apply mod podge

This is to seal the washi tape and protect it from being damaged when using the step stool.
I applied 3 coats using a paint brush to make sure it was really well sealed between all strips.

apply mod podge to seal washi tape on step stool

At the first coat you might see some bubbles on the washi tape. Just wait a few minutes until the mod podge dries and push the bubbles away with your fingers to re-apply the washi tape against the step, they should disappear.

Make sure you spread well the mod podge with the brush to make a thin film at each layer. You don’t want the layer to be too thick.
Also apply mod podge to seal all the edges and protect your work.

Let dry and you are done!

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