It’s super easy to make a footstool from a cute beverage crate, as I showed you yesterday. You can check out the process here. But you can also use the same process to create a very unique piece of furniture from any crate, drawer or box. You could even build your own box out of a pallet or reclaimed wood and add your own graphics or applique. Here are some that I have done.
This cute stool was made from a drawer and a patchwork quilt. Now if you are like me, you would have hard time cutting up a beautiful old quilt to cover a footstool. So I always keep an eye out for cutter quilts. These are old quilts that have been very well used and loved!! They have lots of holes and tatters on them. These imperfect quilts are the perfect candidates to recycle into items that will be loved all over again.
This stool has cool back story to it. I bought this drawer, already painted, several years ago. I really liked the aged paint finish, and envisioned the stool you now see, even then. I bought the drawer at a shop in Alabaster, AL called The Blue Building. Fast forward a year, and this drawer remained in my ‘to do’ stash. I went to a DIY Blogger conference called Haven, and met follow blogger, Sue Edinger. She owns The Blue Building. Small World!!! Sue and I became friends. So now another year has passed and I have finally upcycled this drawer into the cute footstool you see above. I attended Haven again. As Sue and I are sitting together awaiting the start of a session, I pull out my phone. I wanted to show her the stool I made from the drawer purchased at her store. The second she saw it, she said, “Hey, I painted that drawer!” Small world indeed!!
Here is another upcycled crate stool using an old wine crate.
This crate was perfect for creating a stool with as it had fantastic graphics on all four sides. Let me just say, it is unusual to find an old crate with great graphics on all four sides. The crate was already stained but still had some rustic charm. I used stained feet on this stool along with a faux zebra hide. (The hide is an actual hide that has been stamped with a zebra design. It is not an actual zebra hide.)
The stained crate and the zebra hide upholstery with nailhead trim give this a wine country vibe. This stool was purchased and has gone to live in a lake house in North Georgia! Lucky stool!
Here are a couple of more stools. Look at the awesome graphics on the Gravenstein Apple crate from Sebastopol, California. It includes graphics on 3 sides and includes the Apple Growers Union stamp on two sides.
The 7-Up Crate is a happy whimsical stool with the bright cheery red color and the pom-pom trim.
When I upcycle a crate into a stool, I always try to compliment the crate with fabric, trim and feet. I put thought into the fabric I use for all my stools. I want them to have a cohesive look and feel to them. I often use grain sacks. They are an extremely durable cover that adds to the vintage charm of these stools. They are neutral with a strip of a complimentary color, but they also allow the crate to shine. And using a blue and white star fabric on the Coca-Cola stools rings of Americana charm.
Trim is another place that I can bring personality to the stools. For instance, nail head trim on the wine stool works perfectly for the look and feel of this stool. And the pom-poms on the 7-Up stool are a nodded to the bubbly effervescence.
And finally, the feet are another consideration. Whether I paint or stain the feet depends on how I want the final stool to look. For the wine crate, I used larger feet and stained them. For the quilt stool, I matched the distressed paint of the drawer. And for the apple crate, which was a pretty tall box, I searched for some cute squatty feet.
Upcycling a crate into a footstool is a really quick and easy project that can bring a lot of personality to a home. Just putting a little thought into all the elements creates a really unique piece of furniture. If you are interested in adding any of these stools to your home, please contact me.
I also love to work on custom orders. I have one client that wants me to use her grandmother’s quilt on a stool. It’s in bad shape so it can’t be used as a quilt. When she saw the quilt stool, she knew this was a perfect way to upcycle the quilt so that she and her family can use and love her grandmother’s handiwork all over again!!!