DIY centerpiece: mini footstool

DIY centerpiece- mini footstool

Mod Podge Walter recently attended an outdoor antiques show and got inspired to create this fancy little footstool that works as a DIY centerpiece. I love the story!

I recently attended the Brimfield Outdoor Antique Show in Brimfield, Mass. I did not see Martha Stewart, Ralph Lauren’s people, celebrities or HGTV crew on opening day this year. Maybe because it was raining? Grace Bonney from Design Sponge did attend on the last day of the event. Check out her blog for some great finds she acquired!

The little rain that poured did not stop me and many others on our quest for treasures of yesteryear. I arrived at noon and it started to lightly rain – and before you know it it was 4pm and it was raining hard! It was a fun and exhausting time, and I only only got to see about 1/16th of the show . . . it is impossible to see it all! Despite the weather I had a grand old time and acquired a lot of inspiration. Snagged a bunch of first edition Little Golden Books, ephemera and vintage wallpaper. As a matter of fact, the wallpaper I purchased is the same paper that I used for this project (Don’t ask how much I paid for it)! At one point I was visiting a tent with many vintage footstools fetching crazy money. There was a woman who wanted to buy a similar footstool and her husband said “I can make that.” The woman said, “you say that all the time and you never produce”. . . and she paid for her treasured mini footstool and walked away with a big ol’ smile. That is how I came up with the idea to create this project.

It was made from a piece of oak I had leaning against the wall in my studio, waiting to be transformed!

There are a lot of plans for foot stools out there. Just Google “footstool plans.” I made this with out any plans – I just eyeballed it.
Step 1: I used a 30″ length x 5″ width oak board
Step 2: I cut two 6 1/4″ pieces from the 30″ board, leaving me with two pieces for the feet and the 17 1/2″ board for the top.
Then I cut out a triangle from the two bottom pieces – this will give the finished piece stability when placed on a flat surface. For the sides I used two 17 1/2″ x 1 1/4″ pieces as braces.
Step 3: All the pieces were primed with Kilz and then coated with a thick coat of white paint.

Step 4: I decoupaged every piece with my vintage wallpaper. Tip: I used a X-Acto knife to trim the paper.
Step 5: I marked the rails where I wanted to attach the top piece, then used a drill bit slightly smaller than the wood screws I planned to use. I did a dry fit to make sure every thing would align.
Step 6: Begin assembly now. First I attached the side rails into the bottom of the top board. You have options for the legs: You can use right angle braces like in the picture OR I chose to screw from the side of the brace using a cordless hand drill.

Now, the piece is fully assembled! I then took a small piece of 100-grit sandpaper and wrapped it around a wooden block and sanded off all of the edges. The transformation was exactly what I was looking for – a vintage worn out look, shabby cottage chic! Seal the item if you choose to. I left mine unsealed.

Place some candles on top and a DIY centerpiece is born! This mini footstool also makes a great accessory in a French Provincial kitchen. Place some of your favorite spices on top. Or use it outside for a nice centerpiece. I love eating outdoors!

Remember to embrace your creativity; there is no wrong way to make something like this. Happy Summer!

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  1. Mrs. T. in T. town says

    I love it! Reminds me of the bench my Dad & Grandpa made so us kids could sit at the dinner table in the basement. I loved the bench & have no idea whatever happened to it but with your fantastic directions, I can have it once again!!! Perfect to add to my corner accent table in the dining room & bring back the fond memories of when I was little & life was so much simplier!!! (besides the little spats with my siblings for moving the bench on me!) LOL THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE INSTRUCTIONS!

    Marion T. in Tecumseh, Mich.