This easy DIY bathroom step stool project is a fun way to get kids excited about personal hygiene, create some extra storage space, and help you get to all those hard to reach places. Stools can be pushed right up to bathroom vanities so that washing hands and brushing teeth is no longer a chore. Step stools are also great to have around in the kitchen, so why not make two and keep one in the kids’ bathroom and one in the kitchen? Your little ones will gain independence and may actually ask to be a part of meal prep and cleaning dishes! Follow this simple six-step guide and you’ll have your DIY step stool ready in no time.
What You’ll Need:
- ½” bit cordless drill
- 2” wood screws
- Wood glue
- Medium grit sanding block
- 1x12x72 in. pine board
- 2 hinges
- Paint or wood stain (optional)
What You’ll Do:
Step 1: Mark Up Your Pieces
Take your pine board and measure out your sides, back and front panel, and storage bottom. This step will form a simple cube that is 12” x 12” with a flip top lid.
Step 2: Cut Your Wood
Using your jigsaw, cut the straight lines to divide your board into six 12” pieces. For the two side pieces, start with the handles by drilling a hole in the center of each piece that will allow your jigsaw to enter and more easily cut circular openings.
Step 3: Sand the Edges and Paint
Once all your cuts have been made, create smooth edges by sanding down your pine board. It’s important that you don’t get lazy with this step! Your kids are going to be all over this stool and the last thing you want is for them to get stuck with a bunch of splinters. Paint or stain your boards any color your heart desires and allow to dry.
Step 4: Do a Dry Assembly
Before you get out the glue, line up all your pieces to make sure they fit correctly. If anything seems out of order, now is the time to make those minor changes that can make all the difference in the final assembly of your storage stool.
Step 5: Glue Pieces Together
First you’re going to glue the side pieces to the back. Line edges with glue and then secure with your wood screws. In the same method, attach the bottom piece to the back and side pieces. Next, insert the front piece.
Step 6: Attach the Lid
Unlike the other pieces, you will attach the lid using your two hinges. This way you can open up the top of your stool and use it for storage! Secure the hinges a few inches inward on the bottom side of the lid and attach to the top edge of the back piece. Touch up any paint as needed.
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