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You Can Accomplish This Before Your Effing Head Explodes: Kid’s Step-Stool Upgrade

Over the weekend, one of my friends stopped by with some toys for Mac.  Her son is 4 and had a few items that he was no longer using and she was generous enough to offer them to Mac.

One of the items was a little green plastic step-stool.

Later that evening, I looked at the stool with some disdain.  This is exactly the kind of plastic stuff that I try to avoid taking over our entire house. . .because you know it will if you aren’t vigilant.  Is there a scientific term for someone who is scared shitless of too much plastic junk?

I was about to carry it to the recycle bin.  But something made me pause in the utility area of the basement.  (Probably a stop to fill up my wine glass).

The step-stool was the same apple green/chartruese shade as some of the accents in the utility area – the laundry baskets, the scrub bucket, some accent paint. . .

Hmmmm. . .It did just seem to fit.  Plus, once Mac was a little older, he could stand on it to reach the benches I use for messier projects. . .of which I see many in our future.

I inspected the stool a little more carefully.  It was clean and free of scratches.  In fact it barely looked used.  The price was certainly right.

But it had one massive flaw:  One ugly-assed decal on the top of it.  And I couldn’t make the thing budge.  It must have been heat sealed or something.

I quickly ran through my options.  I could try spray paint.  But that hardly seemed worth it since the color was its primary redeeming quality.  Fabric wasn’t exactly practical for a kid’s step-stool.  I could try just painting the area over the decal?  But the decal was applied in a way that it was crooked and slightly off-center and there wasn’t a “logical” stopping point for the paint.

Then I remembered the paper I had used for the Father’s Day Brag Book.  I had seen a sheet of modern-looking green squares while I was looking for suitable paper for that project.  If the colors matched, I could probably Modge Podge that paper to the top and seal the heck out of it with. . .you guessed it. . .more glossy Modge Podge.

The color matched!  So here’s how I did it:

1.  Select a sheet of paper larger than the top of the surface you plan to cover. (The paper doesn’t have to be super heavy, but it should be heavier than typical notebook or printer paper).

2.  Slather the surface with a moderately thick, even coat of Modge Podge.

3.  Firmly adhere the paper to the surface, flipping the object over and gently pressing it along a flat surface to work out and wrinkles or air-bubbles.

4.  Once the Modge Podge has started to set and the paper is secured to the surface, use an Exacto knife to trim up the edges.

5.  If the edges are curled a little, use a small brush to carefully add more Modge Podge and make sure the paper adheres well to the surface.

6.  Use several coats of glossy Modge Podge to cover the paper so it is “sealed.”

NOTES:  This is not a project that will hold up “long term” with vigorous use.  But that’s ok too, you can always recover it. . .And you’re not too invested if the kid ruins the thing.

The whole project took just a few minutes of actual hands-on time.  The lengthier part was the dry time between coats of Modge Podge.

I’m considering stenciling something interesting on the top.  I’m thinking about a cool looking insect in black. . .A bee or a beetle or maybe a spider?  I’ll keep you posted.

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  1. Georgina says:

    The stool looks soo cool! (WordPress has been playing up, so I’m playing catch up, rather than OTT blog-stalk-fest!)