Step Stool Chairs | The Nerd Nest

Way back in Spring 2011 I received some woodworking lessons from Poppy (my grandpa), and he helped me cut out and sand pieces for these neat kids’ step stool chairs. He reverse engineered the pattern from an existing chair and thought up all of the hard parts (measuring angles in wood working is no joke), and I got to learn how to use the fancy tools.

The pieces were in his woodshop forever and he remembered the project and assembled them a few weeks ago and dropped them off for me. So I 1/3 made them. He 2/3 made them. Which is about how the pizza peel I made with him last year went too.

Yesterday, I got around to FINISHing these step stool chairs! One is stained au natural and the other one was a little experimental.

Step Stool Chairs | The Nerd Nest

I keep saying “step stool chairs” because, and this is awesome, they’re both. First they’re step stools.

Step Stool Chairs | The Nerd Nest

Then you raise up the bottom step.

Step Stool Chairs | The Nerd Nest

And voila! Chairs.

Step Stool Chairs | The Nerd Nest

We gathered the supplies needed to finish these puppies up. You don’t want to leave wood raw, because the wood will absorb everything, including dirt and grime. Finishing wood protects it and makes it so much easier to clean. I chose a natural wood finish so that we could still see the pretty woodgrain on the chairs. All this part of the project took was the finish, a foam brush, a clean rag, and a bit of time. Follow the instructions on the finish and you’re golden. (This involves letting the finish seep in for a few minutes and wiping off the excess finish before it dries.)

Step Stool Chairs | The Nerd Nest

I was going to do this to both, but Eliza wanted her chair to be different. She requested teal. But I still wanted the woodgrain of the chair, so I tried something weird: I mixed leftover dark teal paint from her dollhouse bookshelf makeover with some of the finish. I didn’t really expect them to mix, and they didn’t. But I decided to get some paint and some finish on my brush and go to town anyway.

Step Stool Chairs | The Nerd Nest

It worked! I just sort of rubbed the paint / stain in and got the excess off with a rag, working in sections.

I love that the chair is tinted and the woodgrain is still gorgeously visible.

Step Stool Chairs | The Nerd Nest

It’s going to look great in Eliza’s room and will make getting to her clothes much easier for her.

Step Stool Chairs | The Nerd Nest

Jonas is going to put his in the bathroom so he can brush his teeth easily and such.

And hey, bonus, my One Little Word intention for the month is to FINISH wood, and this totally counts. Awesome.