So I had been doing basic DIY’s (read upcycling pots, working with contact paper and stuff) for a while… one day my food blogger friend Dhwani put this thought of documenting my journey on Instagram. At first, I laughed and dismissed it. But she was persistent! To keep her off my back (you read it right!) I posted my first story of building this step stool.. and since then this forced push turned into a creator account “Spruce n Spice” 🙂

I am forever grateful for her push, so this project holds a very special place in my heart!

We had this ikea plastic step stool that my kids used for a while and I hated it so much in my space. I knew that had to change. I started looking at Etsy for some custom wooden stool. The average one that I really liked was approx $90. I mean for a step stool? So I had to DIY!


1 – 2×6 board

21/2 in Pocket hole screws

Weathered gray stain from Varathane

White chalk paint by Rustoleum

Wood glue

Drill Driver


Sandpaper (120 grit)

Miter saw (optional)

OK! Let’s get stool-ing!

I started with a rough sketch on how I wanted this! Once you have something on paper it helps you plan the materials you would need for your project.

I picked up one 2×6 board from Home depot for this project. Since I own a miter saw, I made the board cuts myself.. but did you know that stores like Home Depot or Lowes can help you cut project wood at a very small fee. I think first few cuts are free and then barely 25 cents for following ones.

Here is the cut list –

4 – 12″ boards

2 – 6″ boards

Below is a rough layout of how the stool would look

Step 1 : Get the boards cut as per the list and sand down all the wood to make it smooth. I used a 120 grit sandpaper.

Step 2 : I created pocket holes using my Kreg jig on 4 boards that are going to act as the stand/base for the stool. Below diagram shows the pocket holes I drilled. Red ones were used to attach the base together and black ones held the step. If you want to know how to use kreg jig and work with pocket holes, there are tons of posts and videos out there.

Step 3 : Add wood glue on the joints and using 2 1/2 inch pocket screws first secure the base. Do this for both the sides. It helps if you have clamps so your joints are flush.

Step 4: I painted the base pieces after this step simply because it would be easier to get to the edges at this point versus when it is assembled. Then I stained the steps, the process is simple. Apply the stain using a rug or piece of cloth, leave it for 5-10 mins and then wipe it down with a clean rug. Adjust the coats as per your liking. I went with just one coat of stain for mine.

Step 5: Now add the first step using wood glue on the joints and securing them with the pocket screws.

Step 6: Repeat the same on the second step and vola! You have it! Stool is ready!!

This is strong enough for even adults to use, I built it for the kids but it’s mostly found in my pantry 😉

Cost? Well under $15. Only thing I bought was lumber. Everything else I preowned. It took me just one evening to build it and is super beginner friendly.

I personalized it with my kids initials and they were so excited. They fought a little because K teased G that he was on the top which means he is first and she was not.. so this went to version 2 where both their initials made it on each step !!

We love this in our space! Do share with me if you give this a try!

Thank you for being here!!

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