DIY Washi Tape Stool

August 22, 2013 | DIY

This isn’t so much a DIY post as a project I did, and thought was too easy and cute not to share!

We’ve had one of those timber stools from Ikea for years, and it gets used heaps thanks to our out-of-my-reach kitchen cupboards. As obvious as it might be looking at it, it never actually crossed my mind to put some personality into it.. you know, paint it or something? It’s always just stayed the raw timber we bought it in.

Until recently. The idea was put into my head a few weeks ago when my Interior Designer friend Alli was over and pointed out that painting the stool could really bring some colour into our living room. Brilliant!

As simple as it sounded though, I still hesitated.. paint is a permanent thing, and what if I didn’t like the colour?? And then something wonderful happened. We went to the MT washi tape exhibition, and their new Casa Tapes were staring me in the face, which got me wondering whether I couldn’t washi the stool instead of painting it….

YES, you can! And it works beautifully! Of course, it’s not a permanent solution, and will probably deteriorate faster than paint, but this way I can change it when I get sick of that colour, or mix and match different tapes to get a totally different look!

I decided to leave the steps in timber because they get the most wear, but you could tape the whole thing if you wanted. You might just want to check that it doesn’t reduce the amount of grip you’d have on them.. safety first of course! :)

So you only need 4 things to do this DIY:



MT Casa Washi Tape
– Scissors
– A stool
– Tools to dismantle/rebuild your stool

NOTE: Washi Tape is quite gentle, but if you’re worried about what it might do to your furniture/walls once it’s removed, please do a test first!

Step 1.
While you could do this with the stool still together, I found it easier to pull it apart and work in pieces. If you decide to do that, don’t forget how to put it back together again! Use a damp cloth to wipe down all the pieces.

DIY Washi Tape StoolStep 2.
Wrap your washi tape around each section of stool in pieces, overlapping them slightly, and making sure the ends of the tape join on the inside of your stool (so they’re not seen as easily).

It’s up to you how you go about placing the tape. I worked from top to bottom, cutting pieces of tape just long enough to go around each piece of timber, sticking the middle of the tape on the outside of the stool first and wrapping it around to meet on the inside. You could also cut really long pieces of tape to go lengthwise down each leg. Figure out what works for you and stick with it.

Use your nail to gently ease tape into grooves as you go, and fill any little gaps at the end.

DIY Washi Tape Stool

Step 3.
Once you’ve finished taping everything you want, put your stool back together (make sure everything is nice and tight!). I then put some little sticky fabric feet on the bottom of each leg to protect the tape I had there, and to protect our floors ;)

That’s it.. couldn’t be easier!

DIY Washi Tape Stool DIY Washi Tape Stool

There are so many possibilities, and ways to make it your own! I hope you have fun with it! :)


  1. It looks so fantastic! I’m a sucker for turquoise and it looks so good with the wood grain. (And I think if you had done the steps, they would’ve looked pretty grubby pretty fast!)

  2. wow! love that, the idea, the color, the style * julia

  3. what a coincidence Claire! I have the same ikea step stool and a few weeks ago I costumize mine! almost the same color but instead of washi tape I did spray!

  4. Super cute! What a great idea!

    P.S. I think we have the same dining table. Ikea? Ours is white but it looks exactly like that! :-)

  5. So pretty! :D

  6. Wow, that looks fabulous! It doesn’t even look like Washi tape. What a glorious idea – I like it so much!

    Love, Nadine

  7. Letty

    Wow, great transformation without paint & it looks just like you painted it! I just wonder did you make a hole in the washi tape where you connected the pieces back together with the screws? I’d like to know because this is definitely something I’d like to try!

    • ffadmin

      Hi Letty! I taped over the holes, and then just poked/tore a small hole through them before screwing the screws back in. Hope that helps, would love to see the outcome if you do give it a go! :)

  8. Hello! Hope you’re enjoying your stay here in Singapore! I love how your blog looks.. makes me so happy :) Gonna use this idea for my new home!

    • ffadmin

      Thanks so much Valene! We’re loving Singapore :)

  9. Hi! I am so excited to have found your blog. :) Definitely adding it to my daily feed. I also recently made over my stool too, thought I’d share:

    • ffadmin

      Hi Weiya! Wow, I love what you’ve done to your stool! That blue trim is gorgeous! :)

  10. […] 5. Decorar muebles. La gran variedad de colores y diseños washi tape hace que su uso se extienda a prácticamente cualquier cosa imaginable. ¡Hasta muebles!. Una alternativa a la pintura más rápida y que no quiere de ningún conocimiento, tan solo algo de maña. (Vía: Fellow Fellow) […]

  11. […] chair legs. This is what is often known as a “pop of […]

  12. […] Peldaño tuneado con washi tape / 8. Imanes para cuchillos convertidos en almacenaje para coches / 9. Mesa Lack convertida en mesa […]

  13. Maya

    Hi there – recently discovered your blog, and I’m a big fan! You’ve also made me want to visit Singapore :-) Anyway – I’d like to use washi tape around the edge of my new desk, and I’ve never used it before: when you over lap the tape strips, doesn’t it show? In your photos, it looks almost solid, like paint. lovelovelove your stool – now I just need to find 3cm wide tape for my desk. Thanks.

    • ffadmin

      Hi Maya! Because it’s a solid-colour it’s fairly opaque. If you’re really close up you can see the overlaps, but it’s very subtle. If you use a patterned washi, or a lighter coloured washi, you’d probably be able to see the overlaps much more. Try looking on Etsy, or searching for MT Casa Tape (it’s wider). Hope that helps! :)

  14. Va

    This is awesome! Might just try it too! May I know what colour of MT casa tape u used?

  15. Liz

    Love the colour! Could it be varnished / sealed if one did want it permanent and, if so, with what, please?

  16. oh somehow I missed this post! So simple, but I love the look and how it turned out. Washi tape is like gold :D