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Build this simple vintage French stepping stool with just 4 pieces of standard lumber and a few nails. Extend the measurements to create a sturdy bench that easily seats three.

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Step 1: Watch the video tutorial here!

Step 2:

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To make this stool, you'll need:

2 (1” x 12”) pine boards 17” long

1 (1” x 12”) pine board 13” long

1 (1” x 12”) pine board 18” long

12 (2-inch) finishing nails

Wood Glue




Distressed Harlequin Stencil

The French Bakery Stencil

Americana Decor Crème Wax in Golden Brown

Americana Decor Light Satin Varnish

Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint in Lace, Serene and Relic

Step 3:

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Draw a line down the center of both sides of each of the two 17" long boards

Add glue to the line and position the 13" long board on the line

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Flip it over and nail the 17" board to the 13" board

Add glue to the other side of the 13" board Center the other 17" board on top and nail it in place This creates the bottom of your bench

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Center the seat (the 18" board) on top of the base

Adhere it to the base with more wood glue Draw a line through the center and along the sides directly above the 17" boards on the base This will help you place your nails Nail the seat in place

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Paint the entire bench in Lace Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint

Stencil 4 rows of the harlequin on each side of the seat with Serene.

Stencil the distressed harlequin on both sides of the bench

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Stencil the French Bakery Stencil in the center of the seat with Relic Chalky Finish Paint

Using the straight edge of the stencil, add a frame around the seat

When dry, coat the entire bench in the Light Satin Varnish

When the varnish is dry, paint on a small amount of creme wax and rub it off with a damp cloth to give it an aged look

Great project. I made it shorter and made it my kids step stool for brushing teeth! Thank you for sharing!
Mark Montano (author)  davidtwitchell1 month ago
Great idea! I use mine every day David. Thanks for the comment.
daynparadise33 months ago
Hi Mark :)
Great job, jw where you get your stencils? I haven't found a good outlet for reusable stencils. Thanks,.Tammy
Mark Montano (author)  daynparadise33 months ago
These are from DecoArt......They have beautiful stencils. Here's the link:
doodlecraft10 months ago

Looks great--fun stencil! :)

shazni11 months ago

Lovely paint job!

Awesome! I love the way you painted it!

Mark Montano (author)  Penolopy Bulnick11 months ago
Ok, not quite sure how this works yet, think I even pressed the wrong button! Thanks so much Penolopy. I wanted to go further with it, but I'm glad I stopped there!