It is so fun to have a little kitchen helper lately. I know he isn’t much of an actual helper and actually makes more work for me, but I love spending time with this wonderful little man.
^Don’t worry! I was right there the whole time. He was not in danger of falling off the chair. ^
I wanted to make something that my son could stand on and “help” me cook in the kitchen instead of just a chair. It is sooo much easier to have him right there playing with the measuring cups or helping stir than running around and climbing everything while I try to cook dinner. I saw some cool Ikea hacks made from the step stool. I decided to make my own. It was pretty simple to make and works great! My husband helped with the adding on to it so it is done a pretty professional, but you can make one without the fancy wood working.
First I built the basic stool from Ikea.
Next I turned it over to my hubby who added the railing on the top. Jake and Emma helped. Well, they tried at least.
He made holes for the railing posts to go.
Measure twice, Cuss once 😉
We put a lower railing on the stool because Jake really likes to climb and we thought it might help keep him contained better. Depending on what you want to do, you do not need the secondary railing.
^Little fingers are just the cutest!^
After all the assembling we had to wait for the glue and wood putty to dry. Then of course some sanding. You do not want sharp corners and edge if a child is climbing on it.
Then the final step was painting. You can paint or stain any color or combo of colors you want. The nice thing about the stool is that it is unfinished wood so it is very versatile. I did a combo of two colors, River Rock and Sailor Blue, to create a cool effect. Make sure you do a top coat to seal it so you can wipe it down after using without worrying about messing up the paint.
And we tested it out by making a Pumpkin Layer Cheesecake of course!
The Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake was delicious. I highly recommend it. These faces prove it was tasty…
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Until next week, XOXO.