Ikea Stool DIY with washi and decoupage

Today I worked on a fair in Örebro and I customized these Ikea stools – called Bekväm and then had a giveaway on site. This DIY is an easy way to get a quick fix in your home! A stool doesn’t really belong anywhere so I think you can use some more colors and patterns – if you are afraid of these things, patterns and colors, otherwise I mean… The wood on these stools are untreated which is great for diy’s.

Map it! I took this stool and spray painted it with a Montana Gold Lychee 3000. You can paint it with normal paint as well – just this is so easy. Then I used a glue and varnish 2 in one (decoupage glue will work fine or mod podge). Cut out a paper world map poster from Materialbutiken. And used the varnish/glue on top. I could have used a normal glue to get the poster to stick and then just coat it afterwards with a wood varnish. A tip is also to cut the poster slightly smaller than the surface to prevent the edges to flare(?- is this the right word?). The surface will get harder with every coat of varnish. Just let it dry in between coatings.

The dotted one is made with classic decoupage technique. I used black and white dotted napkins from Lagerhaus. Then used a glue and varnish – 2 in one (decoupage glue will work fine or mod podge). You have to peel the layers of the paper napkins so you use only the pattered layer. Glue the surface and then stick the paper on it. It’s easy to tear of the edges. I did all the surfaces separately. It’s possible to glue around for example one leg and then cover it all with paper but I thought it was easier to do one surface at a time. Then seal it of with more glue/varnish. After a while you use multiple layers of glue/varnish to make the surface strong. On the stairs I put extra layers because of the wear and tear! I liked that the white kind of melted away and the stool got a wooden dotted feeling.

The washi tape stool diy. The light at the fair is quite bad so the colors on this photo doesn’t make the stool any justice but you still get the idea. On this one I simple used some washi tape to make the stripes and then sealed it with the same glue/varnish as before. At least 5 coats of varnish. Here it’s also possible to use a normal wood varnish on top of the tape. The legs got spray painted in Montana Gold Malachite6130 and yes – you can use normal paint if you like. I just couldn’t wait for “normal” paint to dry. The tape I bought at Materialbutiken but Mokkasin has a good selection – so does Inreda.com.

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April 29, 2013 at 00:33

I’ve got the same stool. It’s covered with paint stains after redecorating and now I think I’ll change it’s appearance:)

Isabelle McAllister
April 29, 2013 at 14:34
– In reply to: Lubitella

still ove paint stains though – maybe you have to pour more?

April 29, 2013 at 09:46

oh isabelle…they are so absolutly gorgeous!
wonderful ideas. thanks for sharing.
i love that one with the map.
and i really think my old ikea stool needs a makeover.
i´m off to buy some color!!!:)


Isabelle McAllister
April 29, 2013 at 14:35
– In reply to: eni

thanks eni! I don’t really know the meaning of liebeguss but I love the word. I wont look it up either since I want to keep it that way!!!

April 29, 2013 at 15:33
– In reply to: Isabelle McAllister

dear isabelle…

that word means, best wishes or lovely greetings.
in germany we write liebe grüsse…or lieber gruss.
once i worte it too fast and than there was that word liebgruss.
and i loved it and so i always write liebgruss instead of lieber gruss.
it sounds so much more lovely.
i love that you love it too!

Love this – thank you Eni! and Liebguss back! Isabelle

Rebecca @ beautifulsquarefeet
April 29, 2013 at 14:47

Really love the map one! So many possibilities!

joacim / matkoma
April 30, 2013 at 09:51

fantastiskt fina! vi har målat våra pallar men nu blev jag sugen på att decoupagea något över det!

April 30, 2013 at 13:13

fett isabelle!

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May 5, 2013 at 19:02

Decoupagera mera!! grymt fint!

May 15, 2013 at 00:36

I love this! I’ve been wanting to pimp my ikea stool for ages and just hadn’t found the right thing. You’ve inspired me! I’m going out right now to get supplies!

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i did something similar…. u can visit my Facebook page & have a


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The map stool is bloody beautiful!

I would like to re-create something similar, I have a huge trunk that I would like to line with map print. What type of map print did you use? Was it thick card or like wrapping paper?
I really love your work x

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