It’s the second Wednesday of the month and you know that means- Monthly DIY Challenge time! This month our theme was paint. Pretty general but you can do just about anything with paint, from giving a piece of furniture a makeover to creating a custom piece of art.

 I decided to go the route of a makeover and jazzed up an old step stool that we’ve had since my son was a toddler.

Step Stool Makeover | LITTLE RED BRICK HOUSE

This is what it’s looked like for the past 7 years- orangey brown, scratched up and ugly.

Step Stool Makeover | LITTLE RED BRICK HOUSE

First I painted two coats of Country Chic Paint’s Vanilla Frosting all over.

Step Stool Makeover | LITTLE RED BRICK HOUSE

While that was drying I printed out my numbers. To get the circled numbers I opened a Word document, and typed the lowercase letters ‘j’ and ‘k’ in the font Wingdings 2. Don’t ask me why the letters ‘j’ and ‘k’ come out as ‘1’ and ‘2’ in that font. It’s crazyness.

In order for the numbers to transfer properly I had to flip the text horizontally so that when I placed the paper ink side down on the stool, the numbers wouldn’t be backwards. Does that make sense? Here, maybe this photo will help.

Step Stool Makeover | LITTLE RED BRICK HOUSE

Next I placed the paper down on the step and lightly wet the backside of the number with water. Don’t get it too wet, though. You don’t want the paper turning into mush during the next step.

Step Stool Makeover | LITTLE RED BRICK HOUSE

While the paper is wet, take the tip of a sharpie cap and gently rub over the letter. The ink will transfer from the paper to the stool.

Step Stool Makeover | LITTLE RED BRICK HOUSE

You could leave it like this, but I wanted the numbers to be a little more pronounced yet not super opaque, so I mixed some Liqourice from Country Chic Paint with a little bit of water and carefully painted over the numbers. Once everything dried completely I applied 2 coats of polycrylic to protect the finish.

Step Stool Makeover | LITTLE RED BRICK HOUSE

Step Stool Makeover | LITTLE RED BRICK HOUSE

Step Stool Makeover | LITTLE RED BRICK HOUSE

This was a simple and quick project and it’s definitely more my style. I love how much of a difference a bit of paint make. If you have a piece of furniture that you’re thinking of tossing, I encourage you to try giving it a facelift with some paint first. You might just be amazed.

Step Stool Makeover | LITTLE RED BRICK HOUSE

Don’t forget to check out what my bloggy friends came up with for this months challenge. You can click through to each of their projects below.

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  1. This looks super cute now. I have a step stool that has seen years of wear too and is in desperate need of a makeover.

    1. Thank you so much, Gilly! I was really surprised at how much of difference a new coat of paint made. Give it a shot!

  2. What a great makeover! Love your transfer method as well, I am going to have to try that!

  3. This looks like a designer step stool now! Also – I’m curious to know how you found that j+K make 1+2 in wingdings? haha 🙂

  4. Totally cute makeover and I’m so excited to try your text transfer method!!! My wheels are turning now just trying to figure out what I can use it on!! Thanks for the tips. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Bre! It’s a pretty handy little tip. It’ll get me through until I can splurge on a cutting machine. 😉

  5. Beautiful makeover, Sarah! Looks fabulous, especially with the numbers! Love Country Chic Paint and used it for my project too 🙂 Have a wonderful day!

  6. This is so great! Wingdings is such a funny font and I’m glad to know that j and k make 1 and 2 now! Also your wet transfer technique is amazing – I’d never heard of that before! Great makeover! 🙂

  7. I really love this, Sarah! My son would flip over it, too… he’s all about counting lately. I may have to copy you on this! Well done!!! 🙂

    1. I love this trick! So much cheaper than one of those stencil cutting machines and it works like a charm. Thanks for stoping by!

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