How to Create a Rustic Wood Footstool With Jute Twine

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Learn how to transform an old beat up foot stool into a rustic and beautiful place to rest your feet!
Rather than paint a footstool I purchased at an antique store, I decided that I wanted to "upholster" it in something. Originally I thought of sisal, but settled on a heavy jute twine because it was softer and easier to work with.
The transformation began when I sanded off the original finish that was on parts of the wood footstool. The sanding revealed a beautiful wood beneath that I choose to leave unfinished.
The twine was wrapped around the wood top in one direction. Then going in the opposite direction, the twine was weaved in to create an upholstered top.
To finish the footstool off, I added a piece of jute twine around the entire base where the upholstered section meets the wood.
I think the twine combines with the bare wood to create a beautiful rustic farmhouse footstool. What do you think? Check out the full tutorial and more images on my blog!

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  • Debi Pipla Pickens
    Debi Pipla Pickens
    on Jan 19, 2018

    It turned out lovely! Did you just poke the jute ends between the 2 layers of wood? I'm wondering what you did with all of ends.
  • Karen
    on Feb 17, 2019

    I have a lovely old patio chair, would like a macrame backrest. Would love advice for this newbie. So many designs to love, how to make one fit my project? Thank you for your input.

    • Jacqueline
      on Mar 13, 2020

      Hi Karen. Macrame is beautiful. After learning the technique of macrame through practicing, first determine how much total cord you will require. Next you will need the curve at the top to hold still. I am unsure of the material of the chair backrest. This is my opinion based on what I see in the photo and of course there are many other options. Because the backrest is curved, the foundation of the macrame must be secured in place. For this reason, two choices exist: 1) use nailhead tacks or bolts to create a stopper for the macrame threads or 2) create the macrame backrest separately then tie the new backrest to the chair. The seat should be straightforward. Let us know what you decided to do.

  • Jette
    on Mar 16, 2019

    I love this look! I have a senior cat (16 yrs young), Buster has arthritis and needs a stool like this to get up on the bed. Buster would love the jute. Our question is how do you start the jute basket weave? Is it attached to something?

    Never mind... I just pushed the go button above which took me to your page, which gives extensive instructions for this project. I too love foot stools so I subscribed to your newsletter.



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