Honestly, Could This Painted IKEA Stool Be Any Cuter?

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DIY in a Day brings you step-by-step instructions for easy projects that will spruce up your space — within 24 hours (or less!).

We love a good IKEA hack for our living rooms and kitchens. But, it's time to move over, adults: We're taking on child-friendly makeovers with extra cute points. If you want to create an engaging and creative space for your child, simple projects like this DIY stool can transform a nursery or bedroom at very little cost. In a few hours, we turned a basic Flisat stool into an adorable hand-painted animal that your kids are guaranteed to love. (Also, check out how we hacked the popular IKEA Kura bed for your little one, too!)

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Things You'll Need

Step 1

Assemble the Flisat stool.

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Step 2

Find a small side plate, bowl, or round object to use as a template. You'll be using it to draw two arcs that cover roughly half of the seat, so play around until you find something that's a good fit.

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Step 3

Use a pencil to draw around the template to create two arcs on the seat — this is the basic shape for our fox face.

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Step 4

Take a pencil and draw a simple nose shape halfway up between the two arcs. Use an eraser to remove the pencil lines below the nose.

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Step 5

Paint the top half of the seat with chalk paint. We've used a warm mustard chalk paint shade for our fox face. Depending on your paint, one to two coats will be enough.

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Step 6

Once dry, take a pencil and draw some eyes and a simple mouth shape onto the seat.

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Step 7

Paint the eyes, nose, and mouth black — you can add some dots around the mouth for whiskers, too. Take a pencil and draw some circles on either side of the face to create some little cheeks.

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Step 8

Paint the cheek circles pale pink to finish the face. Seal the seat with some furniture wax to protect it before use.

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Image Credit: Caroline Burke
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