DIY Dry Brush Blanket Striped Ikea Step Stool

3 Materials
$30
2 Hours
Easy

Ever have a plain paint job you want to jazz up fast and cheap? Try dry brushing! See step by step instructions here!

diy dry brush blanket striped ikea step stool

I recently purchased a painted white step stool from Ikea that I wanted to do something fun with. They are super heavy duty and a great design! There were tons of images online of fun ways people hacked their step stools. If there's no Ikea near you you can buy one on Amazon! I was really afraid of making a mess painting it, so I decided to go for some simple blanket stripes. After reading a few articles about dry brushing I thought that might be a good technique to use on this. It's very forgiving, if you make a mistake it's pretty simple to dry brush over it. So here's the basics...

diy dry brush blanket striped ikea step stool

It's much easier to do the painting before you put the step stool together. I started with the square to mark where I wanted the stripes with pencil. I had both the top and bottom steps of the step stool. I taped both of them off after measuring.

diy dry brush blanket striped ikea step stool

Basically after placement of the tape I came back with some French Blue acrylic craft paint, and gave it a good coat-

diy dry brush blanket striped ikea step stool

I did have to do two coats for full coverage, then I let it dry overnight. I planned on dry brushing white paint over the blue.

diy dry brush blanket striped ikea step stool

I test drove it on an old paint stick. When they say dry brush they really mean it! I used very, very little paint. I brushed a tiny bit onto a used paint stick to get an idea of what it would look like. I highly recommend doing this!

diy dry brush blanket striped ikea step stool

I did the top first, then the bottom, so easy when it's not assembled!

diy dry brush blanket striped ikea step stool

It has that great faded, sanded look! Dave and I put it together and it is sturdy, very solid wood. I think it came out great and I really like the look! So don't be afraid to dry brush, it's really easy, but just use very very little paint! Great for kids, as an end table, displays, as a stool. They are very multipurpose! You can use this for almost anything! See my blog for more photos.

Suggested materials:

  • Ikea Bekvam Step Stool White  (Ikea)
  • Folk Art French Blue Craft Paint  (Michael's Crafts)
  • Paint brush small  (Home Depot)
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