Ikea Hack: Bekvam Step Stool Makeover

Ikea Hack: Bekvam stepstool makeover - easy makeover & this stool is less than $20 from Ikea!! - lizmarieblog.com

Hi friends! So, recently I placed an Ikea order, because sadly the closet store to me is 4 hours away. Insert crying here. With my order I purchases some new chairs for the dining room that you can see {here} & the cutest little wooden step stool you ever did see. It’s the  Bekvam step stool & it’s only $14.99 at Ikea. There are so many possibilities with this little guy. I painted my little stool, so I wanted to show you how it turned out.

Ikea Hack: Bekvam stepstool makeover - easy makeover & this stool is less than $20 from Ikea!! - lizmarieblog.com
The first step with this stool was of course putting it together. As many of you know Ikea furniture comes ready to assemble. The stool was very simple to assemble & I was so impressed with the quality of this little stool! For the price, the wood is so heavy duty & sturdy. After assembling the stool I stained the stool using Minwax stain in dar walnut so that when I sanded it to distess it, dark wood would would show through.

Ikea Hack: Bekvam stepstool makeover - easy makeover & this stool is less than $20 from Ikea!! - lizmarieblog.com
Ikea Hack: Bekvam stepstool makeover - easy makeover & this stool is less than $20 from Ikea!! - lizmarieblog.com

After the stain dried, I then painted the stool with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint that I received from my lovely painter friend Allison from Refunk My Junk. It was my first time using the paint & loving it! I will do a full review and demonstration later for you. If you have any questions about the paint or how I like it, leave your questions below! Anyways, the color I used was grain sack which is a lovely light gray. After a few layers of milk paint I used a sanding block to heavily distress the piece. I love how old this piece looks now.

Ikea Hack: Bekvam stepstool makeover - easy makeover & this stool is less than $20 from Ikea!! - lizmarieblog.com

Ikea Hack: Bekvam stepstool makeover - easy makeover & this stool is less than $20 from Ikea!! - lizmarieblog.com
Ikea Hack: Bekvam stepstool makeover - easy makeover & this stool is less than $20 from Ikea!! - lizmarieblog.com
Ikea Hack: Bekvam stepstool makeover - easy makeover & this stool is less than $20 from Ikea!! - lizmarieblog.com

Ikea Hack: Bekvam stepstool makeover - easy makeover & this stool is less than $20 from Ikea!! - lizmarieblog.com
hat do you think of my chippy little stool? I kind of love this little piece in our dining room & it’s already come in handy for my little 5’2″ self!! Do you own this step stool from Ikea? Did you paint yours? I would love to hear about it! Leave a comment below, or find me on Facebook & Instagram. Have a great day!!


  1. Love how it turned out! We have two of those. One is already stained. I guess I need to get to painting!;)

  2. og girl when you move back to MI i need your help around these parts. you can turn anything into pure art!

    • Yessssssssss first of all I can’t wait to meet you in person, & I know we would have so much fun together. Let’s DIY things for that new home of yours!!! xx

  3. I love it!!! We have this stool, and use it so much! Random question, is shipping for IKEA expensive? We usually drive, but I’ve always wondered about shipping costs.

    • for two large chairs & the stool I maybe paid 50ish? maybe a little less. That more than covers what it would cost for me to go pick up. We got our couches delivered and it wasn’t bad either.. but if you enter your address into the site it will give you a shipping estimate it may be less for you if you are closer :) Hope this helps!

  4. Oooh I like this- I bought one for my daughter to use and I modge podged it w/ scrapbook paper http://thehauerblogger.blogspot.com/2013/01/a-modge-podge-virgin.html

    But I love how you painted it!

  5. Love it! I’ve been debating whether or not to get one of those stools. I love the wood, but do I want a taller one that folds up for space? You know, one of those ugly metal ones? Or maybe I should get both? Wooden for the kitchen and metal for all my room painting. I think I may have decided…
    And you’ve distressed it perfectly in my opinion:) It’s so pretty!

  6. In my opinion… you need both ;) the pretty wood one for out in the open and the metal one for the closet haha That’s what we have! Thank you so much for your sweet comment.. you made my night :)

  7. Liz this looks awesome! Makes me wish I had an Ikea close, I’d go buy a COUPLE of those little stools and do the same makeover! Great job!

  8. I’ve been wanting to get this stool or the slightly taller one from Ikea for almost 6 months! This has sealed the deal. I guess I know what I’ll be doing this weekend! It’s looks great Liz!

  9. Love your painted stool! Especially where the stain looks through… I could have done that with my stool, too. But I went for a little cleaner look and love that still a lot! :)

    Love, Midsommarflicka

  10. Love it!! Turned out terrific!

  11. The stool turned out great! I’m driving 2 hours to Ikea next week and now you have me contemplating this stool. I also have some leftover chalk paint and stain. Hmm…

  12. Hi. I found you through hometalk! You did a fabulous job on the stool! I live about four and a half hours from nearest Ikea so I feel your pain! I did just get up there about two weeks ago and didn’t want to leave! Hubs had to drag me out! Traci

  13. I love it! It looks like it’s decades old, and now I’m sure you will have it for that long, too!

  14. Wonderfully white, milk paint white that is. One of these days I am going to do a milk paint project too. Husband doesn’t think he will like, but I’ll show em. Nice blog!

  15. Love it boo! Now come over and do Carter’s (;

  16. Great job! LOVE it!

  17. This turned out beautifully! I have three young boys, and we always seem to need a stool. This one is perfect! Thanks so much for sharing. Have a wonderful weekend!

  18. Beautiful job on this little stool, Liz now she’s vintage style, my fave! Great looking blog by the way!

  19. I love how this stool looks – I have been searching for a stool for my kitchen, since I too am only 5’3″ and my cabinets go to the ceiling! I either find stools that are not high enough (usually made for toddlers) or they are plastic oe worse metal which can scratch the floors, or are way too expensive. This is perfect, and Ikea is about 20 min away. I am going to finish it the exact same way, but substitute ASCP for the milk paint, since I have not tried the milk paint yet (but want to soon). Thanks so much for this!

  20. Ugh, wish I saw this before I went to IKEA today! I would have scooped one up for sure. The stain and milk paint really transformed the piece. Great job! I am adding this item to my list for the next trip.

  21. Hi Liz I also live in great Eastern NC. I am not on Facebook so how can I find out when your next great sale is.? Thanks

  22. So cute!! Thank you for sharing at my party. I am featuring tomorrow, party starts at 2:00 PST. PS I love Alison too, an amazing furniture makeover artist and friend from CeCe Caldwell’s paints.

  23. <3<3<3 So. stinkin'. cute.

  24. I love my Bekvam stool. I use it as a footrest at my counter-height workstation and it doubles as an actual stepstool for my closet. In a pinch, I also use it for a mini desk when I sit on the floor or as a side table. I haven’t stained or painted mine yet, but I definitely want to. And hey, if I mess it up, it is only $15! Thanks for sharing your makeover.

  25. “Before” is better.

  26. Great work Marie! It makes so much difference to just take that extra to make something more beautiful :) I thought this technique is called ‘white wash’. Best wishes, Thomas.

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