Ikea hack

A couple of years ago my dad built some bookcases for me, and because the ceilings in the new(ish, now) house are 9 feet high he built the bookcases 8 feet tall.  Great!  More room for books!

Except, even though I’m 5foot 8inches I still needed help getting to the top shelves.  So I picked up a Bekvam stepstool from Ikea.  I knew I wanted to do something to it, I didn’t want to just leave it plain, but it took me a while to figure out what to do.

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Finally, this year I had a plan.  And, unsurprisingly, that idea involved crochet.

First, I stained the stool using a water-based wood stain in a white wash color.  Only two coats though, because I wanted the grain to show through.  When that was done I crocheted some ‘socks’ using Bernat Super Value from my stash in the Pizazz colorway.  Which, by the way, I could not find ANYWHERE when the skein ran out on me.  I didn’t have a full skein to start with, as I’d used it for another project.  So instead of covering all eight leg sections (four on the floor and four above the first step) I was only able to do four.

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I decided to stagger them, because why not.  I really like the way it looks; I’m not sure I would have liked all the leg parts covered.  This way there’s just enough color.  I crocheted each sock flat, and then sewed them on.

 

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