DIY Foot Stool


I am finally done with this project! It has taken me days to complete. I had a few little distractions.

Like taking a nap.

And taking another nap.

And rowing across the lake because it was such a perfect night for a row.

And unpacking a few more boxes, because I still can’t find a thing.

I did find enough supplies to get this project done though.

It only took a couple of hours once I sat down to work on it.

It was the planning that was hard for me.

The new house came with quite a bit of junk.

I love junk you know.

I just couldn’t wait to make this cool wooden box into a foot stool.

I have no idea why the owners left it behind.

I think it’s beautiful. I love the diagonal slant of the wood, very chic.

Problem was, it was to low to use for much of anything. It is perfect for a foot stool however.

While I was unpacking from our recent move, I came across these old pillows. They are stained and pretty much past their prime.

I put one on top of the wooden box, and presto! The stool idea came to life.

I love repurposed items!

I found some chic black and white fabric on clearance at Hobby Lobby.

I also picked up some pretty green braided trim and some bling nail heads.

The wooden box had a few loose boards which I glued in place with a bit of wood glue before I started.

I also put a bit of furniture oil on the wood to give it a bit of new life but still keep the rustic appeal of the piece.

Then I took a nap.

When I woke up I went to the store and bought these 50 lb. load casters and some screws.

I came home and installed them on the bottom of the box.

Then I took another nap.

This is a true story.

Apparently, rowing across the lake is very tiring. Who knew?

Next step was to mark off the box where I wanted the trim to be. I used Frog Tape for this.

Then I cut the fabric to size (my box happened to be 18″ square and the pillow fit perfectly on top), adding 3″ to each edge for a 24″ square.

I used a staple gun to secure the fabric just above the marked line of the Frog tape.

Afterwards, I cut the trim to size and hot glued it over the edge of the fabric, covering the staples as I went.

I used a pencil and ruler to mark 1″ sections on the Frog Tape for the placement of the bling nail heads.

Nailing the bling into place was the fun part.

I love to nail things.

The Frog Tape was easy to remove when I was finished.

I like how it turned out.

I pleated the corners of the stool to take up the extra fabric and I like how clean the edges look.

The wheels give it a nice height, great for resting your feet or sitting at the coffee table to play games with the family.

This is the first of many projects I hope to finish in this room.

I look forward to taking many more naps on this porch in the process.

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