A Sad Footstool Gets Re-Tooled

A Sad Footstool Gets Re-Tooled

Ready for my latest contribution to The Good Life Blog, the official blog of Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina? For this month’s project, I decided to focus on an old (but sturdy-framed) footstool that caught my eye in the furniture section.

Vintage woven rush and wood footstool at thrift store to be refinished, fixed, and repurposed into trendy farmhouse style furniture by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Beat up but heavy…a good thing!

It was short, squat, and sturdy- just like me! So I felt an immediate kinship to it, ha-ha. Even though its woven rush seat was unraveling and falling out in clumps, the rest of it was perfectly fine, if not a little scuffed up. Since it was heavy and had good bones, I just needed to refurbish it a little. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

And the first step of refurbishing? Remove the old rush “seat”- some pieces could be broken off by hand, but others needed a little help.

Vintage woven rush and wood footstool at thrift store to be refinished, fixed, and repurposed into trendy farmhouse style furniture by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I need a dust mask for this!

When all the rush was removed from the footstool, though, I was left with a perfectly good base…I just needed to find the right way to top it.

Vintage woven rush and wood footstool at thrift store to be refinished, fixed, and repurposed into trendy farmhouse style furniture by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Dirty work is DONE.

Before I get to the new top, though, I decided to give it a makeover that would coordinate with our bedroom furniture- remember our dressers that inspired the project that ultimately inspired my blog?

Mr. Seasonoods took off a sliver from each leg/post- creating a flat and universally even surface. Then, I gave it an off-white chalk paint makeover.

Vintage woven rush and wood footstool at thrift store to be refinished, fixed, and repurposed into trendy farmhouse style furniture by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

It’s makeover time!

After four light coats of paint, it was time to bring the new top into the picture. Enter…an old cutting board from my stash of thrift store boards. You KNOW I can’t pass up a good cutting board while thrifting! And this one just needed to be sanded down before I played with it.

Vintage woven rush and wood footstool at thrift store to be refinished, fixed, and repurposed into trendy farmhouse style furniture by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Think it’ll work??

See how awesome it works on top, though? It’s nearly a perfect fit- it hangs off each edge just enough to make it look like it was custom made. But it’s been sitting in my garage for nearly a year!

Vintage woven rush and wood footstool at thrift store to be refinished, fixed, and repurposed into trendy farmhouse style furniture by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Crafting kismet, I tell ya…

In order to coordinate with our bedroom furniture, I needed to stain it…with a stain dark enough to contrast the base, but not dark enough to lose the wood grain. Thankfully, I had a most excellent can of stain in our paint locker that worked swimmingly.

Vintage woven rush and wood footstool at thrift store to be refinished, fixed, and repurposed into trendy farmhouse style furniture by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ohhhh…I just love a good wood stain…

Isn’t that a gorgeous color!! I lightly distressed the chalk-painted footstool base and then gave it and my cutting board top a buffing of clear wax until each one was buttery smooth. To attach the board to the stool, I simply used wood glue. BUT- if I was using it as a load-bearing piece (like a child’s seat or stool), I would have drilled holes though the board corners and attached it to the stool with glue AND long screws.

Vintage woven rush and wood footstool at thrift store to be refinished, fixed, and repurposed into trendy farmhouse style furniture by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

This will do for what I need!

After sitting overnight with heavy books on top to weigh down the board, I ended up with a stunningly gorgeous new piece for our bedroom that is perfectly coordinated!

Vintage woven rush and wood footstool and cutting board from thrift store refinished, fixed, and repurposed into trendy farmhouse style furniture by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Isn’t that lovely?

I’ll probably use it to hold a stack of magazines or books…but I’m just so thrilled at how it turned out…from a couple of thrift store misfits to this!

Vintage woven rush and wood footstool and cutting board from thrift store refinished, fixed, and repurposed into trendy farmhouse style furniture by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

That was $3.79 well spent, if you ask me…

Craft on!

S

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PIN ME!Vintage woven rush and wood footstool and cutting board from thrift store refinished, fixed, and repurposed into trendy farmhouse style furniture by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Comments

  1. Christina in FL says:

    Sarah, this little stool is, now, sooo stinkin’ cute! You did a lovely job of making this stool shine! Thanks for all the details!
    Create on!!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Thank you, Christina!!! I’m just keeping my fingers crossed that no one gets bad at me for painting him… 😉

      • Who cares if they get mad, it is yours to do as you please and some people need to learn that concept, what I tell them is this, “you are getting angry at the wrong people, you should be upset with the ones who abuse the furniture, paint can be removed, abuse cannot. Keep up the good works, you rock. I love the stool, you married two unusable pieces and made one stunning useful stool/table.

        • Sadie Seasongoods says:

          Thanks, Ellen! (And I responded to your question about attaching the cutting board to the stool- hopefully you’ll see it. 🙂 )

  2. Wow, brilliant! Yes, very little money very well spent!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Thank you so much, Carole! It’s a pretty awesome, transformation, right? Of course, I’m 100% biased… 😉

  3. Love it!

  4. Barbara M says:

    You nailed it! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

  5. Nifty neato, I say! 😃

  6. Margaret Fretwell says:

    Lovely!

  7. very sweet !!!

  8. chris aka monkey says:

    this is such a fine use of old things turned into a new thing, and i love your use of words like swimmingly xx

  9. christykjames says:

    What a perfect match and so cute now!! Don’t you love when things just come together like that?? Definitely Crafting kismet. 🙂

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Hey, girl!! Yes, I definitely do- especially when crafting kismet happens from the stash in my garage, LOL. 😉

  10. Can’t beat that price, for sure! Great Goodwill score but even more awesome is that you had a wood cutting board that fit for a seat. Pinned.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      It really was a marriage made in Goodwill, like you said on FB! I’m 99% sure that’s where the cutting board came from…I have a whole stockpile of them. #bloggerproblems

  11. Question, did you put the screws through the top, into the cutting board?

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Hi, Ellen! Actually, I used wood glue because I’m not using it to sit or step on (discussed in the blog post)- but yes, that’s what I would have done if I had wanted to use it in that function. 🙂

  12. Barbara Redman says:

    “Don’t Throw it Away” ! ! ! I bought that book in back in the last century. Still have it. Glad to see someone else is a fan.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      I found it in a used bookshop!!! I just love older crafting books…no matter how “outdated” it is, there are still great tips and ideas to be used today. 🙂

  13. How cute, I love it! I have a thing for stools so I would have picked it up too!

    Tania

  14. So darn clever, you are! Love it.

  15. Mary-The Boondocks Blog says:

    Great save Sarah! I was wondering what you were going to do with all that rope. It looked like such a hopeless mess before.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      It literally disintegrated in my hands, Mary!! It was indeed a hopeless (and dust-creating) mess! 🙂

  16. Great redo and stools are so useful.

  17. Sarah, I love how you redid this stool! I’m a big fan of the white paint and dark stain combo. That’s really neat that the cutting board was just the perfect fit for the bottom of the stool. It looks great!

  18. Vert well spent money indeed. The transformation is amazing. It has a sort of vintage air. You did a great job.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Thank you so very much, Cristina! It’s definitely a vintage piece- probably from the 30s or 40s based on what I could find online. But I’m glad it still has a vintage look to it today, even with its makeover. 🙂

  19. Sarah – this turned out beautiful!! I love what you do with your treasures – Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY Party!

  20. I think you might actually be a genius!

  21. Cute! I would have passed it by! I even liked the wood color before the stain!

  22. It worth spending on this project. I’m a big fan of retro style so I’m so in love with your project. HAHA. Btw, after reading your trip to Bristol, I stopped by, then have some little cute things. HAHAH.
    Happy Spring, Sadie!

  23. Oh, my! That was a sad little stool! Terrific transformation! Thank you for sharing at Dishing It & Digging It!

  24. Way to creatively repurpose! I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have thought of this! Thanks for sharing at Family Joy Blog linkup.

  25. acraftymix says:

    Oh she looks perfect Sarah. I absolutely love the fact that you let the natural grain of the wood shine through on the top and let subtle hints of her true nature show through on her gorgeous stumpy legs. Gorgeous

  26. Wonderful makeover. You saved that little guy. Thank you for sharing it at Vintage Charm.

  27. You definitely breathed new life into this one! This is the size I’d like to have in our guest room. I got a kick out of seeing the rotary phone also. I tried to explain how we used telephones “in the old days” to my granddaughter and she thought it was hilarious. Kids I tell ya! Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, have a great weekend.

  28. This turned out beautifully Sarah! I am completely in love with the mix of wood, cream and that beautiful blue <3 <3 <3. Thanks so much for linking it up to the Inspiration Galore Project party last week. You are one of my Features tomorrow over at Recreated Designs. Pinned and shared.

  29. Great idea Sarah!!! I love that you made a wooden top on this cute stool!

  30. Gorgeous repurpose! I love how you gave this sad little footstool new life! 🙂

    Thank you so much for sharing this at the Farmhouse Friday link party! I’ve chosen it as one of the features for tomorrow’s party 🙂

  31. I had a very similar stool. I had some extra foam so I made a “slipcover topper”. I came out really well. I wanted to send a picture. How do I do that?

  32. So cute!😁💙💚💜💛

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