This milk paint step stool was made for my nephew and his new wife. They already have 5 young nieces and nephews, and I expect that their home will see many more children.
I love the beautiful antique, worn looking finish that can be achieved with milk paint. I love that each piece is different, and obviously not from a mail order catalog.
I also like how it gets more beautiful as it ages and as it gets used! And that you don't have to get bent out of shape when rambunctious kids are bumping and denting it!
Below are the easy steps for achieving the milk paint finish.
If you would like to build this step stool, a link for that is at the bottom of this page.
When you dye the wood, it makes it look older when it is distressed. If you just apply the paint, the light color of the new wood will show through.
The wood dye is available at Amazon.
It may take several coats of milk paint to get the depth that you desire. I only used one color of milk paint on this project, but you could use two or more if you desired.
I also bought my milk paint from Amazon.
For distressing, I use a brick, a piece of broken cement, and sand paper.
For the legs a special buddy and I dragged the end of the legs along the cement driveway. That was a little much, and we then had to apply another coat of milk paint.
The important point is to distress each piece on the areas where wear would normally take place, i.e. the bottom, the edges, the handles.
I used a tough coat sealer on this milk paint step stool. I did two coats on most of the stool with light sanding with 220 sandpaper between the coats.
On the actual step I did several coats.
Ooops, I forgot to tell you there was a Step Five.
This 2 handle step stool woodworking plan is available at
You may also click on the photo to learn more about this plan.
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