Honestly, Could This Painted IKEA Stool Be Any Cuter?

IKEA Stool Makeover
credit: Caroline Burke

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!)

IKEA Stool Makeover
credit: Caroline Burke

Things You'll Need

  • Paintbrush

  • Small plate or round bowl

Step 1

Assemble the Flisat stool.

IKEA Stool Makeover
credit: Caroline Burke

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.

IKEA Stool Makeover
credit: Caroline Burke

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.

IKEA Stool Makeover
credit: Caroline Burke

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.

IKEA Stool Makeover
credit: Caroline Burke

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.

IKEA Stool Makeover
credit: Caroline Burke

Step 6

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

IKEA Stool Makeover
credit: Caroline Burke

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.

IKEA Stool Makeover
credit: Caroline Burke

Step 8

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

IKEA Stool Makeover
credit: Caroline Burke
IKEA Stool Makeover
credit: Caroline Burke

Caroline Burke

Caroline Burke

Content creator and brand new mum, Caroline studied fine art before launching her blog burkatron which has been an outlet for her love of DIY and design ever since!