Rustic Wood Footstool Gets a Makeover with Twine

May 13, 2015

Footstool with jute twine
Use jute twine from the craft store to update a wood footstool from the thrift store. It is a perfect accent piece for your rustic farmhouse style home.




Footstool with jute twine top
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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.



Footstool upholstered in jute twine



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.)




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Side of wood footstool with woven top



"Why not wrap it in something?" I asked myself. At first I was thinking sisal. But I didn't have enough, 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.




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4-Ply Jute Twine  |  electric stapler  |   Sandpaper  |   Unfinished wood footstool  or you can add unfinished feet to a few scrap boards giving you a look very similar to this one.





Top of woven footstool with coffee



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



Rustic wood footstool



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.



Unfinished wood footstool with sandpaper



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



Hammer lying on 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.



Using electric stapler on board


Board wrapped with jute twine



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.



Jute twine woven in basket weave pattern


Once the weaving was 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.



Woven footstool with rocking chair and coffee



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


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?


Rustic DIY Twine Wrapped Footstool



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




HOW TO MAKE A RUSTIC UPHOLSTERED FOOTSTOOL USING TWINE





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INSTRUCTIONS



STEP 1:  I needed to tear my found footstool apart in order to wrap the seat with twine because of the side pieces.  You may need to as well for a similar handmade version, but most craft store footstools can be "upholstered" without removing the top.

STEP 2:  Sand your footstool, if necessary.  If you would like to stain your footstool, you should do that now.  Since mine was old, I liked the look of the rustic bare wood, but a newly purchased footstool will likely need a stained (or painted) finish.

STEP 3:  When your footstool is dry, begin wrapping the twine around the seat.  After stapling one end of the twine onto the board, I began wrapping the twine in one direction, around and around.  I stapled again only when I got to the other side.  You don't have to staple anything more than just the two ends of twine.

STEP 4:  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.

STEP 5: 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.

STEP 6:  Once the weaving was done, the pieces of twine were adjusted to spread everything out and all of the ends were stapled onto the board.

STEP 7: If you had to take your footstool apart, you can now reattach the legs.

STEP 8: To give the footstool a finished look, a piece of twine was glued around the base of the weaving where it meets the boards.



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