People talk a lot about color themes and color stories when it comes to home design. I’m not sure that my home has a color theme. Right now, it’s still in transition, but it’s heading into a world of icy blues and snow whites. Of course, none of this was purposeful. I mean it was purposeful in a sense that we chose the colors because we liked them, but we never had a “theme” in mind. If I had to name the style of my home, I’d say it’s mid-century modern comfy eclectic — Yup, it’s a hodgepodge, but I love it!
All of our icy blues and snowy whites are a great backdrop for explosions of color, like the pumpkin orange wall behind our built-in bookcase and the soon-to-be green ceiling in our stairwell/hallway.
This long-winded introduction is all to introduce you to my new Bekvam stool from Ikea. Pops of orange have recently become a “thing” in here. You remember those Engineer Prints in our upcycled Ikea Ribba frames (also pictured).
I originally wanted this stool in birch. I was going to dip the legs and paint the top. I had a plan. Of course, it was sold out online and when I finally got to a store (the nearest Ikea is 3+ hours away) to buy it, it was sold out in store too!!
So, I just bought the white version and painted the whole shebang using the orange paint I used on the frames.
I sanded the stool, then wet-sanded and painted again. I haven’t sealed it yet. If it starts to peel, I’ll probably cover it with a coat of polyurethane.
So far it’s doing well and it gets a lot of use. If I’m in the kitchen, the girls are on their stool. They love to “help” me wash the dishes.
It also gets pushed around the house like a cart. I put felt pads on the bottom of the legs, so the floors are protected. Of course, this only makes it easier to push.
This stool will be used primarily in the kitchen, which is still floating in the purgatory of unfinished, but we’ve also been using it in the bathroom, so the girls can wash their hands. Maybe I should get another one for that room too. Heck at $15, this is cheaper than anything I could build myself. It even looks cute in the hallway as a little table.
There is no shortage of Ikea Bekvam stool hacks. You can use it as a side table, atop a standard desk to create a “standing” desk, a learning tower for toddlers, or as a base for larger furniture hacks, like sofa tables, work tables and desks. Need more Ikea Bekvam stool ideas? Search ‘Ikea Bekvam Stool Hack’ on Pinterest.