Serena and Lily Stool Dupe

by Jenn
4 Materials
2 Hours

Who couldn’t use a little boost these days? This little stool does just that! It is a Serena and Lily inspired design. Theirs is $120 and this one cost us less than $5.

Laying out the template

We laid out a template to determine dimensions and angles

Reclaimed butcher block

We used reclaimed butcher block to make the treads. I scored these for $1 per board.


We ran a 2x10 through the planer to get it down to 1” thick to make the legs.

The cuts

We had 3 18x7 pieces for the treads. And then 4 legs and cross braces.

We used wood glue

We used wood glue to secure all pieces together before screwing together with pocket holes.

Tread assembly

The treads were assembled with wood glue and pocket holes

Jig for leg mounting

We created a jig to hold the legs in place during drilling.

Mounting legs

Mount legs 1” in and 1” down on the bottom tread

Sanding down to prep for stain

Staining step
The final product

The new stool will live in our kitchen to help little ones with hand washing and dishes.

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  • William William on Apr 03, 2020

    I love the design. Using wood for legs and crossbraces. And at an angle to prevent sliding. A lot of steps stools use solid wood for stringers and mount the treads on them. Makes for a heavy step stool. Yours appears to be much lighter and easy to handle

    • Jenn Jenn on Apr 11, 2020

      Thank you so much for your comment. It is very light and easy to move.

  • Lynnie Lynnie on Apr 14, 2020

    I would love to try this for my dog. He needs help getting up onto the bed. These little steps would be perfect and easy to move out of the way when not in use.

    • Jenn Jenn on Apr 14, 2020

      That is a great idea. Yes, the stool is very light and easy to move