do it yourself 7

+ A DIY Modern Stool +

Stylist Katelyn Hutson

We’re in love with Ben Uyeda, creative director/genius of #HomeMadeModern. He has an entire website ( full of modern design projects that don’t break the bank. Here’s one of our favorite, a simple stool. Perfect for any room in the house, durable and affordable. Music to our ears.

what you need

  • Quikrete 5000 Concrete Mix
  • 1 ¼” Diameter Wooden Dowel 48″ long

(A single 48” dowel is all you need to make three sturdy legs. 1” diameter and 1 ½” diameter dowels would also work just fine.)

  • 5 Gallon Bucket

(Look for a bucket with a smooth bottom.) 

  • Clean Tap Water


  • Paint

(Pick a color, any color)

  • Painter’s Tape
  • Paintbrush
  • 120 Grit Sandpaper


01 Cut the Legs

Cut the 48″ dowel intro three pieces 16″ long each. This step is where power tools come in handy, or your friendly neighborhood Home Depot or Ace Hardware associate will help you out with a perfect cut.

Make sure the bucket is clean and dry and put 3″ of concrete mix in the bucket. Add clean tap water slowly. Be careful not to add too much water or else the concrete will be weak and crumble.

02 Mix It Up

Thoroughly mix the concrete so that every grain of the mix is wet. The mix should be the consistency of cookie dough. After mixing, there will be air bubbles trapped inside. Shake and tap the bucket to bring the air bubbles to the surface.

03 Place the Legs

Once the concrete has settled, place the legs in the bucket. Stick the legs about 1 1/2 ” past the surface of the concrete and let them rest against the side of the bucket.

Wait 24 hours then remove.

Bend the sides of the bucket outward a few times in each direction to loosen the concrete; then pull the stool out by the legs. Use the sandpaper to smooth the edges.

04 Dip Dye the Legs

Measure how much you want to dip dye the legs of the stool. For our stool, we measured 4″ from the bottom. Mark with a pencil and place painter’s tape at the markings. Paint on the color of your choice, remove the tape and let dry.