DIY Time-Out Stool for Naughty Bottoms

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Occasionally, (and by that I mean quite frequently recently) my two year old can be quite the pill. We are definitely going through the terrible twos, so time-out has been used regularly lately! On one of my “Mommy Monday” nights (1 day a week I get to do whatever I want while the hubby watches the kid) I made this cute time out spot! I built and painted it that night, then added the words the next day. DIY Time-Out Stool

Super quick, super cute, super effective! Here’s how you can make one too!

You will need:

  • One 2×4 stud (or just scraps if you have enough!)
  • Miter saw
  • Drill
  • Kreg-Jig (I just have the mini one and it works great!)
  • 2.5 inch screws
  • Sandpaper or sand block
  • Paint
  • Permanent marker
  • Polyacrylic

I already had all these materials on hand, so this project cost me $0! I used scrap wood and old paint left behind by our home’s previous owners.

Step 1

Make your cuts. I wanted the bench to be 14 inches long. For the seat, I cut two 14 inch pieces. For the legs, I cut two 6.5 inch pieces (the width of two 2x4s next to each other).IMG_4518

Step 2

Make the seat piece. I attached the two 2×4 pieces that make up the seat together using pocket holes. I carefully read the Kreg-Jig measurements before drilling. The Kreg-Jig takes a little getting used to, but it’s so worth it! ALWAYS practice on scrap pieces to make sure you place the Kreg-Jig in the right spot, have the right length for the drill bit, use the right length screws… I placed the Kreg-Jig 1.25 inches away from the edge of the wood (according to Kreg-Jig manual!) and about 1.5 inches away from the side of the seat. I then screwed the two pieces together. It helps to push it against a wall or something heavy so you can push hard and get that screw all the way in.

Step 3

Attach the legs. Again, I made pocket holes in the legs to attach to the seat. Be careful to place the legs between the pocket holds you made to hold the seat together. Don’t want any screws running into each other! Carefully screw in the legs.

Step 4

Sand. Give it a quick sanding. Don’t want splinters in naughty bottoms!IMG_4538

Step 5

Paint! You can stain it if you want too! Once dry, I roughed it up with some sand paper to give it a weathered look.IMG_4556

Step 6

Add lettering. If you are good at free handing it, go crazy here. I am not. I printed out the lettering, laid it on the stool, then traced over the letters super hard with a ball point pen. This engraved the stool and made it easy to see where to color with the permanent marker. The permanent marker worked fine for this project, but I think black paint would have worked well too! The font I used was from and is called “Happy Camper!”

Step 7

Seal. I love me some polyacrylic and applied 2 coats.IMG_4572

Step 8

Sit your child’s naughty bottom on it. 😉 


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