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Rustic DIY Footstool | Before and After

Wrap a wood footstool in jute twine for a rustic look |

It is quite possible that I have an obsession with foot stools.

I've bought them.

I've painted them.

I've displayed them.

And I let a lot of them sit waiting for some creative work.

Dress up an old foot stool using some jute twine to upholster the seat.  |  anderson + grant

Today's stool fits into that last category.  You first saw it back in July with a collection of other great vintage finds.  I knew I wanted to do something more interesting than painting it.....but the creativity just wasn't hitting me.

Until the other night lying in bed unable to sleep.  (That is when my best inspiration hits.)

Weave jute twine around a footstool to create a unique, rustic look.  |

Put your feet up on this rustic DIY footstool.  Find out how to make it yourself at anderson + grant.

"Why not wrap it in something?" I asked myself.  At first I was thinking sisal.  I didn't have enough, though, and sisal probably isn't the softest thing to rest your feet on.  I opted instead to use jute twine, which works the same but is a little softer.

Weave sisal for upholstered footstool

Here is a little peek back at what this footstool looked like before the DIY.  Not too pretty!

I began by sanding off the stained finish that was already on the legs.  It came off easily and left behind some pretty bare wood, which surprised me.  I decided to leave the wood as is and didn't even seal it.

Then the footstool was torn apart into pieces so that the twine could be wrapped about the top board.

After stapling the end of the twine onto the board, I began wrapping the twine in one direction, around and around.  I stapled again when I got to the other side.

Then I began weaving the twine in the opposite direction.  I found that it is easier to do the weaving if you pull a loop of the twine through, rather than piece by piece.  This also cuts the weaving in half since you are basically weaving two pieces at once.  Leave the ends hang loose until all the weaving is done so that the strands of twine can be adjusted and moved.  The number of strands you weave and the length of the sections is totally up to you and the size of your footstool.


Once the weaving is done, the pieces of twine were adjusted to spread everything out and the ends were stapled onto the board.   And then the legs were reattached.

To finish everything off, a piece of twine was glued around the base of the weaving where it meets the boards.

Quick and Easy DIY ottoman

My trashy little wood footstool has been transformed into a rustic, but pretty place to rest my feet.

Quick and Easy DIY Footstool

While I don't always love the way projects turn out, I must say that I adore this piece.  The combination of the bare wood with the texture of the jute really speaks to me.  It took a while of playing with different ways that I could do this, but in the end everything came together perfectly.  And even more importantly, I had fun!  And really, isn't that part of the point of any DIY project?

DIY woven jute footstool adds texture

I'd love to hear your thoughts on today's creation.  Are you as smitten with it as I am?

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