I turned some old mismatched faux suede footstools into modern expensive looking jute rope style footstools for half the price of what they cost in stores.
As I went to write this post I chuckled at how many mismatched things I have that I am always thinking how to makeover.
These footstools fall into that category. They don’t match but I could still use them. I so want them to fit into the decor of my home. And all I had to do was figure out how to make that happen.
While online I found these beautiful ropes footstools that I thought would go great in my bohemian themed bedroom. But when I saw the sticker I quickly said “no way”!
I needed two, and at 70 dollars a pop, I wasn't feeling it.
There was no way I was spending that kind of money for footstools. Even if I had the money. Which let us be perfectly clear, I don’t. Lol.
My wheels got to turning and I decided I could make this happen on my own. And so I did.
Today I am sharing how I turned these mismatched faux suede footstools into my own beautiful version of jute styled rope ottomans.
These foot stools help me with having a place to stash random items or to hide things I don’t want my nosey son to find when he’s in my room. Even though he shouldn’t be in my room…
But I digress.
One of the most important parts of this project is the glue used. I choose to use the Gorilla Glue brand sticks because I trust that their products won’t have me unraveling. They are known to keep all the things together and their glue stick glue is no different.
DIY Jute Rope Footstool
Materials Needed to Make A Jute Footstool
Note these are the materials to make one stool. If you want to make more than one, adjust accordingly.
- 2 – 100 ft ¼” rope
- Glue gun
- Glue sticks (I used most of a 75 pack)
- Fabric (I used this burlap)
- Staple gun
- Hinges (if you want to hinge the lid to the stool)
Steps to Make Your Own Bohemian Style Rope Footstools
I started out by laying my fabric on the floor and putting the stool lid in the center of it. This was how I made sure that all the edges could be covered with the fabric size I had.
Then, using the staple gun, I stapled each side of the fabric under the bottom of the lid pulling it as snug as I could.
I went through and stapled the fabric around the edges tightly doing the corners last.
And then I trimmed the leftover fabric once I made sure the fabric was covering the lid completely.
Then I started to work on the bottom of the stool. Using the glue gun and glue I adhered a piece of rope to the center of the very bottom of one side of the stool.
I always have gloves on my hands to easily clean up afterward. The glue began to accumulate on the glove and I would not have wanted to clean that from my hands.
I followed the rope with glue and continue to attach the rope around the footstool. Stopping to press and hold the rope to allow it to dry.
I continued this in a rotating motion until getting to the end of the rope. And then I started with new rope immediately after in the same way that I started.
Once all pieces of the footstool were covered I cut the rope and concealed within the inside part of the lid as best I could.
To clean it up I used the scissors to trim excess pieces of string from the rope sticking out from the rope.
I am in love with how these rope stools turned out.
Here is the cost breakdown for one stool:
- Rope (2) – 27.90 total
- Glue – 7.97
- Fabric – 2.99
Total = $38.86
That is a 45% savings off the one I originally saw.
As I have stated before, I DIY to get the beautiful things I love at a price I can afford or at least one I am willing to pay.
I know that not all projects are for everyone, and DIY'ing may not be your thing at all. If so, here are a few you may love for purchase.