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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

{a wooden stool makeover}

I have a wooden stool that has been a staple in our house for years, but it was needing a little face lift. I thought of all the little feet that have and will step on that stool, and I knew just what I wanted to do.

My kids' footprints add the perfect touch, and I will be able to look at those darling feet forever! (The smallest two feet are my baby boys--they are twins, but you'd never be able to tell by foot size! 

I apologize for the lack of pictures during the process, but if you could have only seen me trying to do this myself, it would have been a sight to see. It was all I could do to just get the footprints done and escape with as little paint as possible all over myself, the house, and them!


  • wooden stool
  • spray paint (2 coordinating colors)
  • sandpaper/power sander
  • scrapbook paper
  • Mod Podge & foam brush
  • Finishing craft spray or poly
  1. Paint your stool. Let dry, then distress the edges.
  2. Footprints: I used spray paint, because it dries faster than wall paint, and doesn't get as gloppy. I sprayed the paint onto a paper plate ( eats foam plates; use paper ones), then using your finger or small brush, apply the paint to the bottom of the foot. Place it directly onto the surface, making sure to press down each toe. Press firmly, then carefully lift up. Repeat for each footprint. Let dry.
  3. Print names. date, or desired text onto scrapbook paper. (font is Wish I Were Taller) I inked the edges. :)
  4. Mod Podge the paper onto your stool, then cover the entire surface to seal the paint.
  5. Apply a finishing craft spray or poly according to directions.
There it is! Simple, and darling!

MOTHER'S DAY is coming up...HOW fun would this be for a mother or grandmother in your life?

*You could make this work with however many kids you had. With 1 child, you could do both footprints, with 2 kids you could one of each, or a set of each, etc.

Have a great day!



Blogger Shayna Mills said...

Oh how perfect, I'm adding this to my dream book I post every Friday, feel free to come by and see it and grab my I've been featured button.

March 24, 2010 at 10:14 AM  
Blogger De Javu Crafts said...

THis is SOOooo cute! thanks for sharing!!!

March 24, 2010 at 10:16 AM  
Blogger Char @ Crap I've Made said...

Holy crap I love this!

March 24, 2010 at 10:30 AM  
Blogger Sherrie said...

OMG that is too cute!

March 24, 2010 at 10:32 AM  
Blogger Veronica said...

What a neat idea.

March 24, 2010 at 10:46 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

This is great! It's got such a personal touch, and you can coordinate it to match any palette.

March 24, 2010 at 11:32 AM  
Blogger Yvonne said...

I LOVE IT. I may have to try to make one of these for my DIL when I go to California after the new baby is born.

March 24, 2010 at 11:49 AM  
Blogger Miss Tiff said...

clever and cute!

March 24, 2010 at 11:49 AM  
Blogger Katie said...

That is so cute! I wish I had more kids so I could do it. :)

March 24, 2010 at 12:52 PM  
Blogger Deanna said...

What if your 12 year old has size 13s and his feet won't even fit on the step stool anymore? WAAAAHHHHHH!!!!

March 24, 2010 at 2:59 PM  
Blogger Kelli said...

I absolutely love this idea and I actually have a stool we have not used in a while...this would be perfect!

March 24, 2010 at 3:00 PM  
Blogger brown paper packages said...

Deanna--would they fit the long way?

March 24, 2010 at 3:03 PM  
Blogger All Thingz Related said...

I <3 this!!! I will be making one of y own FOR SURE! TFS!

March 24, 2010 at 5:25 PM  
Blogger Kelly Tillotson said...

love this! may i ask where you get all your cute polka dot paper? i can never find any cute simple dots like that.

March 24, 2010 at 5:56 PM  
Blogger brown paper packages said...


I have recently found quite a few cute polka dot papers at my local scrapbook store--even just in the last few weeks. All of the brands were major ones, so you might something similar at a store near you. Good luck! Polka dots are my favorite!

March 24, 2010 at 9:11 PM  
Blogger Michele said...

Oh this is the cutest idea!!! My granddaughter asked my husband if he would make a stool for her and her brother, so they can brush their teeth at the sink.....we are soooo going to include our footprints!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

March 24, 2010 at 10:57 PM  
Blogger Marie@PoutyPinkPrincess said...

Absolutely Adorable! Fab idea!

March 24, 2010 at 11:28 PM  
Blogger Meet Virginia said...

This is such a super cute idea! Love how it turned out!!

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March 24, 2010 at 11:52 PM  
Blogger **Amy** said...

Love this! I have just the beat up stool that could use a good makeover!

March 25, 2010 at 8:57 PM  
Blogger Tristen@blissfulchaos said...

What a super cute idea! I love it! Thanks for sharing!

March 25, 2010 at 11:58 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

I LOVE THIS!! I would love to do this for my Mom like you said for Mother's Day. Where did you buy the stool?

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March 26, 2010 at 2:37 PM  
Blogger Stephanie @ Minutes to Spare said...

I love this idea, and I have 5 kiddos too. I might just make this for myself for mother's Day.

March 27, 2010 at 12:46 AM  
Blogger brown paper packages said...


This was a stool I've had forever--but I think I got it at Target.

March 28, 2010 at 8:20 PM  
Blogger MindyMindy said...

This is absolutely fabulous!!! I love it!

March 28, 2010 at 9:49 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

I love this idea!! I'm going to try to make it this week! I'm just trying to find a plain wooden stool though- any suggestions on where to get one?? Thanks!!

March 29, 2010 at 1:22 PM  
Blogger brown paper packages said...

I would try Target, and the other major chains--Walmart, Kmart, etc. If you any home goods type stores in your area, I would try those as well, and maybe even Hobby Lobby. If you didn't mind if it was new, you could always check Craigslist.

Good luck!

March 30, 2010 at 11:42 AM  
Blogger michelle@somedaycrafts said...

I absolutly love this!! I will be redoing the step that my daughter uses in the bathroom! Thanks for the great idea! Also I featured you at Someday Crafts so come on over and grab our button! Thanks again!

March 31, 2010 at 1:53 AM  
Blogger michelleml said...

I love this idea.
It is so cute

April 1, 2010 at 8:51 AM  
Blogger Jaime @ Our Journey said...

I love this!! I wish I had a footstool! I linked this up under "Inspirational Projects" on my blog!

April 2, 2010 at 1:54 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

So cute! I've actually been wanting to do the very same thing with my kids' bathroom stool. Now that I see how cute yours turned out, I'm totally going to do it! Thanks for sharing!

April 2, 2010 at 12:27 PM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

love this!!

April 2, 2010 at 9:15 PM  
Blogger mommy2luke2008 said...

Love this idea!! I featured this on my friday favorites!!

April 9, 2010 at 1:02 PM  
Blogger Delia said...

I love, love this idea! I posted about it on my blog. Thank you!

April 16, 2010 at 4:01 PM  
Blogger Scrappy Gifts said...

Absolutely love this!

April 24, 2010 at 12:58 PM  
Blogger MaryJanes and Galoshes said...

What a cute idea. I have twins too! I'm going to have to make this, thanks for the idea.

April 28, 2010 at 9:39 PM  
Blogger AndrĂ©ann said...

Really lovely! my footprint would be the size of your oldest, thought!

May 4, 2010 at 6:58 PM  
Blogger angee said...

Oh, my! So, so cute!!! I am totally doing this!

I will be linking to this tomorrow! Thanx for the idea!


May 6, 2010 at 10:19 PM  
Blogger lindyb said...

Thanks for this great idea! I bought two unfinished stools at Michael's and made them for my mom and mother-in-law. They turned out great and the moms loved them!

May 10, 2010 at 1:14 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

Just wanted to tell you that I made one (my hubby had to make the actual footstool b/c I couldn't find one anywhere!), and I absolutely{love} it!! Thanks for such a great idea!

May 28, 2010 at 11:31 AM  
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June 10, 2010 at 5:27 PM  
Blogger I Play Outside The Box said...

Wish I had seen this last month!!!! Clever!!!

December 14, 2010 at 6:03 PM  
Blogger Shelby said...

I love this stole makeover. I did one for myself of my sons feet print. I am planning on making one for my mother in law for mother's day and wanted too do a tril before I did hers. I am so excited to do hers with all of the grandchildren. She is going to love it!!! This is an awesome site.

February 16, 2011 at 11:43 AM  
Blogger Mama-Bug said...

Such a sweet idea! I posted about it on my blog :)

March 10, 2012 at 1:30 PM  
Blogger Tina said...

Such a great idea! Found this on Pinterest this morning and am posting it to my blog! So clever and sweet!

March 24, 2012 at 11:25 AM  
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May 7, 2012 at 11:17 AM  
Blogger KiDsCrEaTiVeChAos said...

This is featured on my blog this week for the Scavenger Hunt on Pinterest. It was my fav pin :-)

May 7, 2012 at 11:18 AM  
Blogger Taryn @ Design, Dining + Diapers said...

I absolutely love this idea, how special! I featured this on my blog this week for Mother's Day ideas. Thanks for the inspiration!

May 9, 2012 at 12:11 AM  
Blogger KatieJane said...

cute! how did you get the paint off the kiddos feet? we've got little little ones and I am hesitant to put spray paint on their skin. would other craft paint work?

May 9, 2012 at 3:18 PM  
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May 9, 2012 at 3:19 PM  
Blogger Jenni said...

My hubby just helped me make our own step stool with the kiddos footprints, thanks to your inspiration! I posted a pic on my blog and linked back to you. :) Thank you!

July 28, 2012 at 2:45 PM  
Blogger Lindsey Peterson said...

Where can I find these stools?!? I have looked so many places and can't seem to find any! I need 3! Want to make these for grandparents day on September 9th! Help!!

August 16, 2012 at 10:56 PM  
Blogger Sayuri said...

Oh my goodness!!
This is so cute and clever,love it:)

September 20, 2012 at 1:05 AM  

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