A number of months ago we bought a BEKVÄM stool from IKEA. Hands up, who else has one? They’re everywhere! I love it, I’m only 5’4 so it means I can reach the top cupboards without climbing on the counters; its sturdy enough to be a useful stool for T to use for helping cook/washing hands; and it doubles as an excellent second high chair once your kids are past the stage of needing a back support.
The only problem with it is that it’s a bit dull. So I decided to spruce it up a bit!
I decided to paint the top of the stool and then use teak oil on the legs. I’ve had the stuff for ages but since it’s really an outdoor project I’ve waited until the good weather to do it! Here’s how I went about it.
I didn’t bother sanding or priming the stool. The paint I had said you could go without. I probably should’ve at least given it a wipe down with a soapy cloth but I’m impatient by nature and didn’t want to have to wait for it to dry!
I wanted the paint to cover the surface of the stool and a small part of the legs. I began by measuring a short distance down the legs, making marks on each side of each leg. I couldn’t find my ruler so I used…a clothes peg! Which was conveniently about the same length as I wanted to go down the legs.
I then used some painters tape around the legs, in preparation for painting. Make sure to press down firmly so that you get a nice clean line when you remove the tape. I painted the top of the stool, making sure to give it even coverage and left it to dry before giving it a second coat. I used Rust-Oleum Satin Finish Furniture Paint in Cornflower Blue.
Once the second coat had dried (I left it overnight), I removed the painters tape and applied some more tape on top of the paint, above the bare wood. I probably didn’t need to do that to be honest. I don’t think furniture paint could probably be oil stained. But better safe that sorry, hey.
I then began to oil the legs. I used Colron Refined Teak Oil in Natural. The oil recommends you use a lint free cloth. You have to use quite a lot of oil and rub in in the direction of the grain. It kind of takes on colour as it dries. It says to wait six hours before applying the next coat and to do three coats. Despite my usual impatience, I heeded the instructions and did it over the course of a few days.
You can see that there are a few smears of paint on the legs where it dripped down past the tape, so keep an eye of the legs while you are painting. Or turn it upside down.
The oil isn’t as dark as I thought it might be, but I’m pleased with the finished result, and it looks so much nicer in my kitchen!
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