Wooden Step Stool Makeover

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It’s thrift store makeover time, we have lots of ideas to share! I’m sharing a wooden step stool makeover, a quick and easy idea that you can use on a finished or unfinished step stool. I used my favorite DIY tool: spray paint. You can makeover one of these in less than an hour.

Be sure to check out all the ideas from our Thrift Store Decor Team at the end of the post.


A wood step stool comes in handy in any room of the house. I have several. This small one doesn’t take up much space, sometimes I sit plants on them when not in use.

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Wooden Step Stool Makeover

painted wooden stool idea

Refresh a thrift store find or paint a new wooden step stool. Match your home decor with this easy DIY makeover idea.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Easy


  1. Lightly sand wooden stool.
  2. Wipe/clean dust and debris from stool.
  3. Spray paint, light coverage according to the directions on the spray paint can.
  4. Allow piece to dry completely.
  5. Using a transfer or stencil with chalk paste or paint add farmhouse charm.
  6. Finish your project with a clear top coat.


I love the coverage of the 2X Rustoleum paint but you can use any paint for this project. Brush on or spray.

Wooden Stool before

From this to this:

Wooden farmhouse stool

Spray paint wooden stool

spray bottom first

  • Lightly sand and wipe clean before painting.
  • Place stool with the bottom up, this is what I do.
  • Light even coats of spray paint.

spray light coats

spray painted stool

I used one of my favorite Chalk Couture transfers for the design on top. Y’all know I love anything with a farmhouse style.

farmhouse stencil idea silk screen

painted wooden stool idea


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12 thoughts on “Wooden Step Stool Makeover”

  1. Ohhh Debbie! I can NEVER pass up a stool. Those of us who are height challenged can really appreciate how necessary these are.

    I love the way you changed up this little stool, especially with the paint and Chalk Couture transfer. Too darn cute!



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