A good step school is a necessity in any kitchen, especially if your cabinets go all the way to the ceiling. Living with a tall person helps quite a bit but for the inevitable times alone in the house a trusty step stool comes in handy. It's also much more safe than crawling on the countertops like I usually do. After recently remodeling my kitchen I'd been on the lookout for a step stool that was not just functional but aesthetically pleasing. I wanted something that had vintage charm and could add a pop of color to the mostly grey, white, stainless steel and lightly treated oak color palette in the room.
Enter the Retro Cosco Counter Chair / Step Stool. They're readily available on Amazon, at Home Depot, Sam's Club and if you're lucky, you can find a vintage piece (they've been around since 1939!) at a thrift store. I got super lucky in that my neighbor is a major thrifter (or junk collector as her husband likes to say) and she scored this rusty, pale yellow gem. Sprucing it up is inexpensive and takes just a few days.
DIY Upcycled Step STool
- 2 cans of 12oz spray paint (be sure you select paint that adheres to multiple surfaces)
- I used Krylon ColorMaster Satin Enamel in Sea Glass
- 1 sheet of medium grit sand paper
- 2 sq feet of oilcloth
- Oilcloth comes in tons of fun colors and patterns. I selected Chalkboard for its grey/black color
- Can be found at craft and fabric stores
- Most stores won't sell them in smaller quantities than a yard so might as well find a second craft project to use the rest!
- Spray adhesive
- Paper and pencil
- Scissors or Exacto blade
- Sand the entire chair with some good elbow grease. The end result should be smooth to the touch.
- Wipe down the chair, removing all sanding dust.
- Apply light coat of spray paint in well ventilated space. Let dry and continue adding coats until the entire chair is opaque. You'll need to flip the chair around several times to get at the bottom and other angles. I used nearly all of both cans of paint.
- Once dry, trace shape of steps. Be as precise as possible. A ruler may help make straight lines. Cut the shape to use as a template for the oilcloth. This chair had one remaining step grip so I used that to build my template.
Lay the step stool shape template on the oil cloth and cut slowly using scissors or Exacto knife. Repeat for second step.
- Spray the oilcloth shapes with adhesive and place carefully on the steps. Press down on all corners.