Farmhouse Step Stool for High Bed
As part of our guestroom makeover for the girls, we bought a new rod iron bed frame. Unfortunately when we set it up with the existing almost new mattress we were startled at how high the bed was.
The new style of mattress is ultra comfy, but comes with both a 16 inch deep box spring and a 16 inch deep mattress. I like how it looks on the new bed frame, but it may be awkward for the little ones or some of our other guests to get in and out of. Herman built me this little step up as a solution.
To build these steps you will need:
1 – 1″ by 8″ board, 8 feet long
1 – piece of 1″ by 2″ board, 30 inches long.
Cut the 1″ by 8″ board into:
2 pieces -17.5 ” long
2 pieces – 12″ long
2 pieces 20.5 ” long
2 piece 6″ long
Cut the 1 by 2 inch board into:
2 pieces 14 1/4 inches long
The wood pieces will look similar to this photo. The 1 by 2 ” board was an after thought to add strength so its not shown in this picture.
Next build two frames for the stair risers.
For the first frame nail together two 12 inch pieces with one 17 inch piece. This will form the bottom stair.
For the second frame nail together two 6 inch pieces with one 17 inch piece. This will become the top stair.
Once the two frames are built, place the smaller frame on top of the larger frame. Glue and nail into place.
Once this is complete, add the two 20 inch pieces to form the tread. Make sure they are square and even with each other. Glue and nail.
After Herman had built it to this point he didn’t think it was strong enough for adults to use. His solution was to add this extra reinforcement to the back of the step up.
For extra reinforcement add two 1 by 2 pieces, about 14 1/4 inches long to the back of the step. Measure to make sure the pieces fit into your project before cutting.
Woop, woop, no more waiting, now I get to do my fun part.
To finish the step up you will need stain, paint, a graphic and mod podge.
Finish the wood anyway you like. For this example I stained the step risers white and painted the treads grey. I like how the white stain allows the texture of the wood to show through. I put on three coats of stain and only two of the grey paint.
I went to the Graphics Fairy webpage and chose this grain graphic. There are lots of truly cute child like graphics available as well, but I choose this general farmhouse vintage graphic. I want the room to be somewhat adult appropriate.
I sized the graphic to be 4 inches high and flipped it horizontally on Gimp so the letters were backwards for transferring. I then went to Staples to print it out on a lazer printer, (Only 10 cents a copy when you do it yourself, I have read that you can print it out using a inkjet printer. I have never tried it myself, so I stuck with my usual method.)
Measure out the center of the stair fronts and make some tiny pencil marks, double measure to be sure of center.
Add a liberal even as possible coating of mod podge to the ink side of the printed graphic. Place it using the center markings.
Carefully use a flat surface to remove any excess mod podge. (I have an old points shopping card I use for this)
Set aside for 24 hours, no peeking. Every tutorial I have read for mod podge transferring says to please just leave the graphic to dry. I have been tempted to peek, but never tempted enough to risk smearing my graphic.
Once the graphic is set, use a sponge and saturate the paper with water. Once saturated cautiously rub off the white paper and your graphic will appear as shown.
Seal your work with a matte varathane. Let dry for 24 hours.
This room is coming together, next I want to do a window treatment and finally to searching for some little farmhouse decor items.
Let us know what you think of our project.