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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Step Stool Goodness!

When accessorizing always take off the last thing you put on. - Coco Chanel
I was finishing up the step stool for my boys when that quote went through my head.  I was about to put more panels on it to kind of enclose it more, but then I decided to leave it as is.  

It's functional; it's rustic; the boys love it; and it only cost me $3 in screws.  
PLUS, I am so incredibly bad at drilling!  I didn't want to put myself through that again.  Okay, so those of you who are adept at using a power drill - why do I keep stripping my screws?!  It's so infuriating!  I was getting so frustrated that Samuel started giving me pep talks: "You're doing a great job, Mommy."  (Sweet boy.)  
I do everything on my mental checklist:
- firm pressure (all of my weight on it, even)
- pull the trigger all the way
- hold it even and level

I don't know what I'm doing wrong.  Perhaps I had the wrong type of screws?  They were wood screws, but maybe they were too skinny.  Hmm.  Any ideas?  

I don't know, but the good thing about reclaimed wood projects is that they don't have to be perfect!  The more rustic, the better, and this bad boy is pretty rustic.  It goes great with the Saltillo tile, though.
I'm also thrilled that the boys don't have to stand on the toilet anymore to wash their hands.  The seat kept on getting loose, and I was always afraid they'd fall off and hurt themselves.  Personal hygiene is about to sky-rocket in the Hedgie house.  :)
Bathroom to Step Stool: "You COMPLETE me."

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  1. It's Ah-mazing!! Seriously! I cannot use any power tools...yet! You've inspired me:)

  2. Thanks, Sarah! It's really easier than you think it would be. Give it a shot! You have five kids; you can do ANYTHING!

  3. it's the torque or the drill not the screws... just slow the drill down and push harder on the back of the drill.

  4. Got it! I'll try that next time. I'll get it one of these days! Thanks, Andrea!

  5. Did you drill a pilot hole first ? That will really help you. Also you can get a Drill bit driver guide (home depot) that will help hold the screw and drill bit together

  6. No, but I'm taking notes! I'll do that for next time and report back. :)

  7. Agree on turning the torque down and pressing harder. With the torque down, the drill will stop before it strips the screw. Also, what kind of drill are you using? There are drills that are meant for drilling holes and can do an OK job driving screws, but can have issues if a pilot hole isn't drilled first. An actual driver will yield you best results without first drilling a pilot hole. A good driver can be pricey, but if you plan on doing a lot of projects, it is well worth it.

  8. Hate to admit it, but I didn't even know what the torque settings on my drill meant until you guys mentioned it. :-P And yes, I will start drilling pilot holes first.

    I'm iffy on getting a new drill or driver because my whole point of working with reclaimed wood (besides the "green" aspect of it) is the cheap aspect of it. I don't want to spend a whole lot of money, especially in the beginning. But you're right, if I do this a whole lot more (like you, rockstar Marissa) then I might consider buying better stuff. :)

  9. Very crafty... and functional... I love it.

  10. Or just find someone to borrow from. That's what I do half the time my Dad's garage for all the tools I haven't wanted to spend the money on! You did a fabulous job. Where did you get your wood?

  11. I've thought about keeping an eye out on Craig's List for tools, too. I got the wood from the curb. Someone had torn down a part of their fence and cut it up into smallish pieces for the garbage truck, and it was just the right size to throw in the back of my van. Not very romantic, but hey. Haha. Fence wood is EVERYWHERE, but I wish I had a truck to pick up the big panels of it.

  12. That is awesome!!!! Love the rustic look. Very cool. :)

    Thanks so much for joining my Weekend Bloggy Reading party (and for linking back-I appreciate that!). Hope you'll stop by Serenity Now again soon. :)

  13. That looks awesome! I always pre-drill holes in the wood, that seems to do the trick.

  14. that is the stinking cutest thing! and how sweet is that encouragement from your little one! totally rewarding, i'm sure!

    oh my goodness, SO GLAD you feel me about summer! i feel like it makes people gasp and cover their mouths in horror!

  15. Do you have a tutorial that I could follow to make this?
    Thanks :)

    1. I don't, I'm sorry! I winged it.


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