VIntage Crate DIY Footstool - #HDGiftChallenge

It’s finally time for another Home Depot Monthly Gift Challenge! Each month we choose an item from the Home Depot and make a gift for someone. It’s really fun to come up with new and different ideas and use your creativity to make something someone will love.
This month was my pick, and I chose furniture legs. The ladies could use any size or style to make a gift for the parent(s) of their significant other. I was inspired by a footstool I saw on Decor Steals and decided to make my own version. I actually ended up making 2, one for my mother-in-law, and one for me.
This is a pretty simple project to put together and all you need is an old crate, which you can pick up in most antique stores or flea markets, and the following supplies:
– 4 furniture legs from the Home Depot. I used these.
– 4 heavy duty top plates
– A 1/4 plywood project panel like this one, cut to the size of the crate opening. You can pre-measure and have them cut the wood for you at the store if you don’t have a way to cut it at home.
– Fabric of your choice, cut a few inches bigger than the crate lid
– Cotton batting or an old pillow you can remove the batting from
– Glue gun
Here’s how you can make a crate footstool too.
First, line up the metal plates with the corners and mark the screw holes. Use drill bit to pre drill into the wood and then attach the top plates with the screws provided. Next all you need to do is screw the legs into the holes in the center of the top plate. You can choose to paint or stain the legs before attaching.
After attaching the legs, you’ll need to make a lid for the footstool and pad it so it’s comfortable to use. Measure from the out side edges for the width, and from the inside of the top wood piece for the length, and cut the plywood to this size.
Check that it fits and then lay it out on the fabric. Cut around the plywood, leaving 3-4 inches of fabric to attach to the bottom. Then, using a glue gun attach 3 sides of the fabric loosely to the underside of the lid. Use enough glue to get a firm bond. Stuff the fabric with cotton batting to the fluffiness that you want. Then pull the fabric tight on the final side and hot glue it in place.
Bonus! You can use the inside of the crate to store blankets, toys, legos, you name it!
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Have a question about this project?

3 questions
  • Carol Whitehouse
    Carol Whitehouse
    on Nov 30, 2015

    Quick question: The plates, do these go directly onto the legs or inside the crate?

    • Shelly@The Domestic Heart
      Shelly@The Domestic Heart
      on Dec 6, 2015

      @Carol Whitehouse They attach to the bottom of the crate. I screwed the plates into the wood and then the legs attach to the plates

  • Bronxgirlcl
    on Jul 4, 2017

    Where did you find the crate? It's no Michaels wood crate . It's really cool.
  • Jac9966391
    on Aug 8, 2017

    Where did you get the beautiful fabric for the cushion?

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