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« on: March 20, 2013 07:24:21 PM »

I have a tiny (almost) 3 year old, and oddly high bathroom counters.  Regular step stools are just not high enough to help her reach the tap to wash her hands.  As any self-respecting crafty mom would do, I measured and made a custom stool for my little girl.

I had some scrap wood (pine) in the garage left-over from another project, so I drafted up some little stairs on some freezer paper and cut them out with my trusty scroll saw.  Then I did a lot of sanding.



My daughter has an imaginary mouse friend.  So I painted a little mouse on the top step and cut a stencil of mouse footprints to decorate the steps.  (Two coats of white water-based stain prior to painting, then two coats of water based poly topcoat)



The profile is shallow enough that it doesn't interfere with the swing of the door and the stool is high enough that she can wash her hands by herself... and she loves it.

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« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2013 07:43:27 PM »

I love the little mouse footprints!   Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2013 09:03:27 PM »

Oh my gosh, this is just perfect! What an adorable, and extremely well done, mouse!
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« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2013 09:16:20 PM »

Super cute!  I love the teeny tiny foot prints!!!
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« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2013 11:32:31 PM »

Lovely idea and the mouse and pawprints are delightful. I am amazed too at how high your bathroom basin is. (Must have been put in for a tall bachelor) Anyway it has been a lovely opportunity for your creativity and great for your (almost) three-year-old to learn how Mummy does it herself.
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« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2013 06:18:38 AM »

Great work! I wish I could make woodwork.
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« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2013 06:01:51 PM »

My first thought when I saw this was from that children's book "if you give a mouse a cookie"...  The mouse portrait is beautiful.
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« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2013 04:39:06 AM »

My first thought when I saw this was from that children's book "if you give a mouse a cookie"...  The mouse portrait is beautiful.

We haven't read that one - I'll have to check it out!


Thanks to everybody for the encouraging feedback.  My daughter is loving the independence her new stool provides.
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« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2013 07:16:54 PM »

Very nice woodworking there.  It's good to see woodworking in this forum.
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« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2013 07:58:31 AM »

Great job making the stool, and the painting is very cute too.
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« Reply #10 on: April 07, 2013 02:55:22 PM »

Cute and practical! The mouse prints are adorable!
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« Reply #11 on: May 19, 2013 04:22:12 PM »

What a cute mouse! Good Job!
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« Reply #12 on: June 25, 2013 04:28:42 PM »

Aaah that's cute! 
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