$1 Yard Sale Step Stool Makeover

Step Stool for Kids' bathroom. This was a $1 yard sale find!

I was looking for a little step stool to replace the plastic stool in the boys’ bathroom and luckily, I didn’t have to look further than my garage! I found the perfect stool for $1 last summer at a yard sale. I am so ready for yard sale season! Even though I still have several ahemm…projects awaiting me in the garage from last season, it’s fun to find new treasures!

This stool was perfect because it is chunky and super sturdy:


I love it even more because someone hand-made it. πŸ™‚ It is pretty sad looking though, so let’s fix that…

Stool for the boys' bathroom

I added a couple of layers of paint, starting with cottage white latex and topping it off with ASCP in Duck Egg blue.

Reach Stool 5

When I was deciding what to put on the top, I thought this play on words was fun. You can see how I transfer my letters here.

Reach Stool 3

A good sanding brings out all the character in this piece.

Step Stool in Duck egg blue


Reach Stool 9

Most importantly, it’s perfect for these sweet little piggies!

Reach Stool 1






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  1. Aw so sweet! Love it Christy. (and I miss little feet that need stools!! ..my baby is taller than me now!)

  2. Sherri S. says

    How perfect! So sweet and perfect. Can’t beat a doller πŸ™‚

    Hope your week is off to a blessed start!


  3. Very cute! And I’m with you…I’m dying for garbage sale season…and I’ve never really been a garbage saler before! But I’m aspiring. I can’t wait to bring a bunch of crap home and throw Phil into a tizzy. πŸ˜‰


  4. Christy, this is just darling and putting the word Reach on the stool is perfect! I should make one of these for my my mom – she can never reach her cabinets because she’s a shorty! πŸ™‚ Love this – thanks for sharing and pinning! Have a happy Wednesday! xo

  5. Terri F. says

    I love this and have the perfect stool to use! Is there anyway you can post more pictures of each step during future projects and give more step by step details of how it’s done? Many of us don’t have the natural know-how but want to learn!! Love your stuff! Thanks! πŸ™‚

    • I’m so glad you like it, Terri! It’s funny because I usually show just about every project step by step. There is a link to how I add the letters, other than that, it was just a couple of coats of paint, a little sanding, and a coat of Annie Sloan’s clear wax to seal. You could use a spray on sealer too if you use regular latex paint. It’s good to know that you appreciate seeing the whole process. πŸ™‚

  6. Absolutely love it! It would look so much better than the Cars step stool I have for my boys! πŸ™‚

  7. Really sweet, Christy! I just painted a target stool, that I bought years ago, in Duck egg…didn’t think to stencil something cute on it for my little grand “piggies”. Who just happen to be coming to stay this weekend! Thanks for the inspiration!!

    June G.

  8. REACH – love it!

  9. This is adorable! You’ve got me impatient for the garage sale season. . . I have been waiting to find some fun little make-overs!

  10. This is so cute and I love that you put “reach” on it. Isn’t it fun to find yard sale treasures and give them a makeover?

  11. Ha! Too cute! The “Reach” words made me laugh. Being 5’1″ I usually need something to stand on to reach something. lol Great bargain makeover!

  12. Oh, this little guy is so cute. I need one that size for my boys’ – the one I have is a little too tall now… they are growing!!

  13. I love your step stool it is so cute! I will keep an eye out for something like that, way cuter then the plastic “cars” stool we have in the bathroom right now for my three year old!

  14. Great idea! Nothing better than garage sale finds!

  15. Hi Christy, so glad you linked your awesome step stool at the DIY Sunday Showcase!

  16. I love that, so sweet! My kiddos’ little piggies need something like that too πŸ˜‰

  17. How clever you are! You really put new life into that step stool and it has a whole new life now! Thanks for sharing….. Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  18. Very cute stool! I love a great deal!

    We would love for you to come link up Mondays 8:00am EST at Your Designs This Time.

  19. Looks lovely. Nice upcycling!


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