Lori Johansen
Lori Johansen
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  • Flom, MN

Warming My Feet on the Coca-Cola Crate Footstool


DIY Coca-Cola footstool for tired feet. An easy up-cycle that anyone can do!
warming my feet on the coca cola crate footstool, chalk paint, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
I've had this Coca-Cola crate forever...so figured it was time to DO something with it! I'd seen these footstools on Pinterest and around the Net. Had to give it a go!
warming my feet on the coca cola crate footstool, chalk paint, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
I started with a Coca-Cola crate, in red and looked through my "parts" bin in search of the perfect feet. I didn't want anything too tall, as it's a footstool and not an ottoman. I've been raised to believe that an ottoman should be wider and about the height of the chair it's sitting in front of. A footstool is much shorter, according to my mother.
warming my feet on the coca cola crate footstool, chalk paint, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
After my chalk paint dried, I sanded a bit to get the distressed look I wanted. Easy peasy.
warming my feet on the coca cola crate footstool, chalk paint, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
I looked high and low for a black background Coca-Cola fabric, but, sadly, I couldn't find anything. I picked up the red fabric at Wal-Mart. Score! It's very red, but I can deal with it AND it's easy to swap fabric when you find something you really love.
warming my feet on the coca cola crate footstool, chalk paint, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
I cut some 1x2" trim pieces and placed them just under the (inside) top of the crate, to support my cushion. Using plywood, 3" foam, quilt batting and fabric, I formed the cushion, attaching to plywood using a staple gun.
warming my feet on the coca cola crate footstool, chalk paint, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
A cute little footstool to rest my weary feet when warming myself by the fire.

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2 questions
  • Cheri
    on Dec 28, 2015

    Such a wonderful idea. It turned out just beautiful! I don't have any idea as to where that I could find these crates. Any ideas anyone?

    • Lori Johansen
      on Dec 28, 2015

      @Cheri Thanks so much! Most antique shops/malls will have the Coca-Cola crates...like this or in the yellow with red text. They'll normally run from $10-$30 or so.

  • Jenny Joan Pearce
    on Nov 10, 2018

    How much is it please?

    • Lori Johansen
      on Nov 11, 2018

      Oh, it's not for sale. Photo was just to show one of my projects. :) VERY easy to make though and vintage Coke (and other sodas) cases are found in most flea markets or antique shops.

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  • Pat whitmus
    on Nov 29, 2015

    Thinking I will take a crate like this and use burlap to cover the cushion. It will go nicely in my home! Thanks for a great idea!

  • Lyn2398900
    on Aug 27, 2016

    I have two crates that are sectioned off, for pop. I still have them on my wall, side by side, with cassettes in the slots. Neat fit for old cassettes! Love the stool, and I have one unused crate!

    • Lori Johansen
      on Aug 28, 2016

      Very clever! I made this rather quickly, and it wasn't the fabric I was looking for (wanted a black Coke background), but it'll do for now. It now sits in our second guest room where the theme is all classic cars and Route 66. :D

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