DIY wallpaper stools

Another removable wallpaper project today! I am so in love with that wallpaper – it seriously all over my house now :)

A couple months back I bought a lot of stepping stools at IKEA – hubby and I were on a mission to make the house as practical for the girls as possible before the arrival of their baby sister Freia. The more they could do on their own, the better for us (see the constellation reward chart I made to help with that). I put a stool in their bedroom so they could reach the top of their closet, another to catch the books in the  little library I put up in the nursery, another one in the kitchen… and one in my bedroom as a much needed side table. We literally live in Stool-land 😉 But these stepping stools are only $14.99 and we get so much use out of them – how could I resist?!

I had a bunch of leftover removable wallpaper from when I wallpapered our living room and entrance (see post here), and from when I did the giant wall stickers for the girls’s bedroom, and I thought, “why not use those scraps and had a touch of fun to these stools that have taken over our life?!”! Seriously the easiest DIY project, and they pack up our home with color and fun. The girls of course asked for a bright pink stool – because duh, pink and unicorns and princesses – and I just couldn’t say know 😉

And because I used the removable wallpaper, I can switch up the paper as often as I want  – now, just a quick warning: since you are using wallpaper, you probably don’t want to be using these stools in a room where they will get wet a lot like a bathroom. Other rooms in your home are game! Here is how I made them:

What you need
What you do

  1. Paint you stool – you can paint and then assemble your stool, or just paint it if you already have a stool put together. I used regular paint on the white sool, and spray paint on the others. Both work great – spray paint just dries faster and I like the finish of it. 
  2. Take your transfer paper, place it on top of the stool, and trace the two different steps on it using the crayon. Cut these out. 
  3. Place the transfer paper cutouts onto your wallpaper, retrace the outlines, and cut. 
  4. Make sure the steps of your stool are very clean (no dust etc that can get stuck), then glue your wallpaper cutouts to each step – make sure no air bubble gets trapped. FIY, I used the wallpaper’s glue as it was easiest and I can remove the wallpaper later if I want to change up my stool, but you could also use more durable/stronger glue if you wish. Et voila, you’re done!
PS: if you want to protect it better, apply a coat of clear varnish on the paint. I am always bad at doing that 😉

Disclaimer: Spoonflower partnered with me for the Giant stickers post and provided me with a few rolls of wallpaper – leftover wallpaper from that project were used to make this new project. I received no compensation. All ideas and thoughts in this post are my own. All pictures by This Little Street.

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88 Responses to “DIY wallpaper stools”
  1. kristin says:

    These are beyond adorable! So clever… and they’re like little works of art. Might have to snag this idea + get to DIY’in soon!

  2. The colors on these are just beautiful! Great pairing with such fun patterns!

    • audrey says:

      Glad you like the colors and patterns, Rachel! they add a nice pop of color in our home!

      • Cheryl says:

        Do you remember the brand/color of the paint you used on the Farmers Market Wall paper stool? And you said it was spray paint, correct?

  3. anita says:

    What a brilliant idea! I have an IKEA stool too for my 2yo and this would be a great way to dress it up for him. Do you think a swatch of wallpaper (12″ x 24″) would be enough to cover both steps?

    • audrey says:

      Unfortunately I think the swatch would be too small! You could buy 2 swatches, or even buy 1/2 or 1/4 of a roll, it might be more cost efficient- you can customize how much you need. If you have extra paper you could always make some of the Giant animal stickers 😉 Have fun!

  4. in one word just amazing ..i like it..:)

  5. I love, love, love these stools! They are so adorable! Pinning and featuring them on my Facebook page right now!

  6. chloe says:

    Stools look gorgeous… Do you think I would get the same effect if I was to use mod podge glue instead?

  7. Lisa says:

    One tip is to buy samples of wallpaper, rather than an entire roll. That way you can get lots of different kids of paper too, especially good if you make a mistake or don’t like the pattern.

  8. Diana P says:

    Why do you trace and cut in transfer paper first? Can’t I just trace on the wallpaper and cut?

    • audrey says:

      Hi Diana – Great comment! I only did it because I was covering several stools and it saved me time to have a template, but if you only have one stool to cover I’d definitely skip that step and just trace on the wallpaper and cut.

  9. Kathryn says:

    I love these stools! Could you please tell me the name of the Spoonflower wallpaper pattern featured in this image, with the fruit and flowers? I love it but can’t seem to find it on their site! Thanks in advance and well done on creating a beautiful blog xx

  10. Nicky says:

    I would love to try these! Please can I ask how you manage to cut the centre ‘hole’ so neatly?

  11. Nicky says:

    I’m not sure if my question just came through, so sorry if it did. But I was just asking for advice please on how to cut the centre hole’ so neatly?

    • audrey says:

      Hi Lisa – sorry, been traveling and haven’t had the time to approve/reply to all comments! I simply trace the whole on the back for the paper and cut it out with an x-acto knife. Hope this helps!

  12. Jenn Coyle says:

    Hi there, what type of paint do you use? Is it just flat interior wall paint? I want to work on this today!

  13. Katrina says:

    Love your stools! Am looking at tackling this diy for my kiddos. Question on the wallpaper: did you use their water activated smooth paper or their peel n stick woven version? And since they have their own adhesive option, why did you use additional glue? What I mean is why didn’t you use the water activated adhesive on the back of the smooth paper or the adhesive on the peel and stick paper?

    • audrey says:

      I’ve made stools using both – my favorite is the peel and stick because it’s more resistant to water, and also really easy to reposition/swap if it gets too dirty :)

  14. Essa Bella says:

    Your stools are looking gorgeous, such a beautiful colours. I just love your post about wallpapering.

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