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DIY Step Stool Makeover with Mod Podge

I needed something small to reach the tops of my kitchen shelves – so I decorated this DIY step stool in my favorite fabric colors!

DIY Step Stool Makeover with Mod Podge

I love my new DIY step stool! How did it come about? Mod Podge Command Central was not designed with me in mind. The nerve, right? You see, in the kitchen I can’t reach the top cabinets (even though I’m 5′ 6″) and I have nowhere to keep a step stool unless I want to ditch some craft supplies.

Not going to happen. When presented with a problem such as this, I’m sure you can guess that I always turn to Mod Podge. I also turn to my fabric stash, which had another colorway of the Joel Dewberry fabric I used in this project.

The instructions for my DIY step stool are below – this is how I solved the problem with the help of my good friend Mod Podge. You’ll be pleased to know I’m now reaching the upper cabinets with ease, and all is right with the world again.

DIY Step Stool Makeover

Gather These Supplies

  • FolkArt Acrylic Paint – Patina, Parchment (optional)
  • Mod Podge Fabric and Mod Podge Gloss
  • Small Wood Stool
  • Joel Dewberry “Deer Valley Antler” Fabric, Terra Cotta – 1/2 yard
  • 1” Flat Paint Brush
  • Craft Knife
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Wax paper
  • Acrylic Sealer (optional)
  1. You will first want to prepare the fabric before painting. To do this, wash and dry the fabric (do not use fabric softener). Iron and then lay out on a covered work surface. Wax paper is preferable for covering your table. Using a brush, paint a light coat of Fabric Mod Podge onto your fabric. Allow to dry. This will allow you to cut the fabric like paper without frayed edges.
  2. Time to cut out your fabric pieces. Lay the stool top down onto the fabric and trace. Cut out using the scissors. Do the same thing with both of the stool sides. Set aside.
  3. My stool came unassembled, so I painted it before I put it together. I basecoated the sides and top with Patina. You can paint the whole thing with Patina, but I painted the crossbar (which you can’t see in the photo) with Parchment. Depends on how many paint colors you want to buy. Allow these pieces to dry.
  4. Assemble the stool following the included instructions. Touch up any paint as needed.
  5. This is my favorite part! Adhere the top and side fabric using the Gloss Mod Podge. Completely smooth out all air bubbles and allow to dry for 15 – 20 minutes.
  6. Coat the entire stool with at least two coats of Gloss Mod Podge. Allow to dry.
  7. Go back to the top and trim any excess fabric around the edge with a craft knife.
  8. Allow the stool to dry for at least 24 hours before using. I recommend spraying with several coats of acrylic sealer to completely finish your project and add durability.

DIY Step Stool Makeover with Mod Podge

DIY Step Stool

Yield: 1 stool
Prep Time: 1 hour
Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $17

Learn how to make this cute stool using a wooden base, fabric, and Mod Podge!

Materials

  • Wooden Stool
  • Mod Podge Fabric
  • Mod Podge Gloss
  • Fabric - 1/2 yard
  • Wax Paper
  • Acrylic Sealer (optional)

Tools

  • Flat Paint Brush
  • Craft Knife
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Wash and dry the fabric (don't use fabric softener). Lay the fabric out on a piece of wax paper. Using a brush, paint a light coat of Fabric Mod Podge onto your fabric. Allow to dry.
  2. Lay the stool top down onto the back of the fabric and trace. Cut out the pieces using the scissors. Do the same thing with both of the stool sides. Set aside.
  3. Paint the stool with acrylic paint and let dry.
  4. Adhere the top and side fabric using the Gloss Mod Podge. Smooth out all air bubbles and allow to dry for 15 – 20 minutes.
  5. Coat the entire stool with at least two coats of Gloss Mod Podge. Allow to dry.
  6. Trim any excess fabric around the edge with a craft knife.
  7. Allow the stool to dry for at least 24 hours before using. Spray with several coats of acrylic sealer to completely finish your project and add durability.

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First timer

Wednesday 15th of January 2014

Hi. I just recently got introduced to Mod Podge and am saying "where have you been all my life!' I love your tutorial and am looking forward to doing this with an IKEA stool I just got. It comes pre painted and I just wanted to add a nice print on it. Do you suggest I sand and prime the sections first or can go directly to applying the fabric? Also, when you painted your stool, did you paint below the area where you were going to podge? is it necessary? Thank you very much for your time!

Amy

Wednesday 15th of January 2014

Hi there! I've actually done IKEA stools and recommend just lightly sanding so that the Mod Podge grips better. The painting part is up to you. I find that Mod Podge makes fabric slightly translucent, so I always paint a light color below the fabric so that it really pops. But you don't have to!

Puglover

Sunday 25th of November 2012

I have a question.. where I live I can't get mod podge for fabric I was wondering could I use any other mod podge ( all I can get is glossy and matte).

Amy

Sunday 25th of November 2012

Hi there! Yes, you can use Glossy or Matte - just be sure to put an added sealer over it for extra durability. Regular Mod Podge is tough for the Hard Coat and Fabric formulas are specially formulated for furniture wear and tear.

addypotter

Wednesday 8th of August 2012

This is super adorable. I am going to have to try it out. I have a throw pillow made out of moda fabric that match this paint color perfectly. I can't wait to try this project out myself.

Red Monkey Scrapper

Wednesday 6th of June 2012

How dirt resistant does MP & acrylic sealer make the stool? I'd like to do this to a stool I bought my toddler for the bathroom, but I'm nervous about him ruining it five seconds after it is made. Is it easy to clean? Thanks for the tutorial, btw. It's adorable!

Amy Anderson

Thursday 7th of June 2012

Hi Red Monkey! It will make it somewhat dirt resistant, but not water safe. I would seal it with an outdoor sealer if you are going to be really rough and tough with it. If there's a major spill it could ruin the stool, but regular wear and tear should be fine.

Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms

Friday 1st of June 2012

Love that fabric! Ellen

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