I’ve unofficially decided to tackle some of the projects that have been sitting in our garage since the dawn of time. This charming- and cheap- step stool was my first victim.
$8 at Goodwill. Great shape. Great construction. A blank canvas.
I’ve been digging on my decoupage lately so wanted to get into a little mod podge for my steps. Before any cutting and pasting could happen, though, I needed to book a date with my sander to get rid of Max. Sorry, boy.
On one of my trips of Goodwill, I grabbed this old atlas with some decoupage in mind.
There’s no art to my decoupage and I probably could do it better to avoid the tiny wrinkles, but these steps seems smooth enough to me after a coat of mod podge. I used my fingers to squeeze out any air. I’ll cover with a polycrylic to give it a little more protection, so that should help with the surface also.
For most of the steps, I used the map. But I wanted a little something else, so for the smaller faces and the interior, I used this great wrapping paper I’d picked up before Christmas at TJ Maxx.
I gave it a coat of polycrylic and let it sit overnight. For some finishing little embellishments, I looked through my craft bureau and played around with some other textures and materials: ribbon, beads, buttons…
Ultimately I was torn about adding anything at all, but I couldn’t resist a little sumthin’ sumthin’. I grabbed this twine at Homegoods a while back and figured it would be small enough to withstand the little feet up and down, but still give a little finishing touch.
I used Elmer’s glue to add a border to the steps and finished off the corners with one of my buttons.
To clean it up a bit, I also colored over any bare patches with a gold pen so that none of the wood showed through.
Ready to give someone a leg up.
p.s. As many of you readers know, Ciburbanity is humbled to be up for an Apartment Therapy Homie award (yay!). Ciburbanity is up for TWO categories: Home Projects and DIY (where most of the votes are coming in- thanks!!!), but the second category is the Family and Kids one. If I can get all my voters to give me a shout out in both places, I could make it to the big league round next week! I.e. if my 142+ votes in Home Projects where also in Family and Kids, I’d be the #4 blog!!! Smelling salts, please!
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