For $15, who can resist buying one of these FROSTA stools from Ikea? I certainly couldn’t. For this kind of money, I also figured if I had a go at hacking it and ended up just hacking it up, it wouldn’t be a terrible loss.
Firstly I decided to turn the legs upside-down to have them join at the base rather than to the top. I cut off 8.5cm from two and 5cm off the other two from the ‘shoulder’ ends (in hind-sight, 8.5cm was a too much 7cm would have been better – maths has never been my strong suit). As the ‘ends’ of the stool legs are a bit rounded, I also cut a tiny bit off those ends too to make them flat. Then out came the trusty sander to take all the varnish off the legs and top.
Next I drilled some holes in the tops and sides of the legs so that I could connect them all together into a cross at the base using those wooden stick thingies that I always seem to have left-over after I build Ikea furniture. I also made the four existing holes in the base of the round seat bigger so they could fit the wooden thingies too. (Very exciting news – I heard that Ikea have a little section after the check-outs where you can pick up extra screws and wood thingies. I’m pretty excited to check that out.)
Then I stained all the parts with some ‘Maple’ stain. This should have been the easiest part, but was my undoing. I got a little stain-happy and did 3 coats, to which my husband commented that the stool looked like it had been for a bad spray tan. Seeing as I’ve never been a big fan of the fake tan look, I then sanded everything back again and this time just did one light coat. Much better.
I used PVA wood glue around all the joins (because it’s strong, dries clear and is really fun to peel off your hands when it dries).
I did 2 coats of matte varnish over the whole thing to make it look more professional than ‘crafty’.
Check out the inspiration behind this Ikea Hack.
- Ikea FROSTA stool $14.99 from Ikea
- Cabots Stain and Varnish water based in Maple $21.50 from Bunnings
- Selley’s Aquadhere $5.38 from Bunnings
- Cabots Clear Varnish water based $15.77 from Bunnings
- Genuine Leather Strap 130cm $15.93 from Etsy
Dog not included.
Left over leather from this project? Check out my Leather Key Fob left-overs project.