From simple stool to pretty plant stand

IKEA hack ... from simple BEKVÄM step stool to pretty perfect plant stand

I love learning a new craft or skill, particularly if it means being able to make something pretty for our home. So, in honour of National Tile Week, and with a little help from British Ceramic Tile, I recently set about transforming a very simple IKEA BEKVÄM step stool in to a pretty perfect plant stand.

If you're not familiar with National Tile Week, it's a week-long nationwide event running from April 10 - April 17. Supported by British Ceramic Tile, it's back for a second year running and is all about celebrating the best of British design and manufacture ... and putting tiles firmly on the map when it comes to interiors. There's a dedicated #NationalTileWeek webpage where you can take a look at all of the fun things happening during the week and join in if you'd like to. And there's a whole host of tips from amazing interior designer, Julia Kendell of DIYSOS and 60 Minute Makeover fame.

But, back to my pretty plant stand - one of several lovely upcycling projects which you can find on the webpage - here's the 'how to'.

1. Paint

1. Paint

2. Wax

2. Wax

3. Choose tiles

3. Choose tiles

1. Paint your stool/stand. To make it a little easier and neater, I took mine apart. I used Annie Sloan chalk paint in duck egg blue.

2. Wax your stool. This is not strictly necessary but it makes the paint water-repellent and a touch more durable. This means that you won't ruin your handiwork if any water from your plants drops on to the stool/stand.

3. Choose your tiles for the top of the stool/stand. I opted for the V&A Souk ceramic tiles with a gorgeous black and white interlacing pattern. They pair so nicely with the duck egg blue paint.

4. Create a template

4. Create a template

5. Measure

5. Measure

6. Cut

6. Cut

4. Create a template. I wanted to be able to play around with the tiles and work out exactly where to place them so I made a template to the exact measurements of the top of the stool/stand.

5. Once you've finalised the tile placement, place small pencil marks on the side of the tiles so that you know where to cut them.

6. Cut the tiles to size. I'd never done this before so it took a tile or two to practice on and get it right. This video from the Ultimate Handyman was hugely helpful.

7. Check

7. Check

8. Adhere

8. Adhere

9. Grout

9. Grout

7. Check your tiles fit and check that you're happy with the layout. You may want to file any sharp edges, particularly if they are on the outside of your stool/stand.

8. Adhere your tiles to the top of the stool/stand.

9. Finish by grouting. This part was my favourite. Those neat white lines make all the difference.

IKEA hack ... from simple BEKVÄM step stool to pretty perfect plant stand

All that remains is to pop your plants on top.

It would even work as a cute little coffee table or side table. 

What do you think?

IKEA hack ... from simple BEKVÄM step stool to pretty perfect plant stand
IKEA hack ... from simple BEKVÄM step stool to pretty perfect plant stand
IKEA hack ... from simple BEKVÄM step stool to pretty perfect plant stand
IKEA hack ... from simple BEKVÄM step stool to pretty perfect plant stand

To celebrate National Tile Week, one lucky family can win a very British trip to London, including accommodation and tickets to a featured exhibition at the world famous V&A museum of art and design. All you need to do is fill out this entry form with your details to be in with a chance (terms and conditions apply). Good luck!

This post was written in collaboration with British Ceramic Tile.