Ikea Hack FROSTA stool – Leather and maple stain

Frost Ikea Stool Hack Before and After

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.

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I’m going to hold onto these little bits I cut off as I have a master plan brewing for a second stool which will need these. Also, I’m just a bit of a hoarder.

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You know that expression ‘measure twice, cut once’. Yeah, pay attention to that. It’s good advise.

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.)

So I wear a skirt and florals when I drill. Don't judge me.

So I wear a skirt and florals when I drill. Don’t judge me.

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Not exactly OHS work boots there.

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.

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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).

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I did 2 coats of matte varnish over the whole thing to make it look more professional than ‘crafty’.

IMG_7110Speaking of crafty… I then used some leather strap that I ordered from Etsy and with the same glue, placed a cross over the base to hide the original holes and around the edges of the seat.

IMG_7111 IMG_7112 leather accents stoolSo there it is. Ikea stool turned one-of-a-kind side table.

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Check out the inspiration behind this Ikea Hack.

You’ll need:

Dog not included.

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Left over leather from this project? Check out my Leather Key Fob left-overs project.

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5 thoughts on “Ikea Hack FROSTA stool – Leather and maple stain

  1. Darlene says:

    My heart actually went pit-a-pat when I saw that awesome sidetable. Having been to Ikea last weekend and looking at the stools , but unfortunately not buying, this will be my next purchase. Now added to my long “to do” list. I can hardly wait to get my hands on them. Thank you so much for the “how to” .

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