This rusty old Borden's milk crate has been hanging out next to my potting bench for too long. Its only job so far has been to hold some small empty pots, so it was time for a promotion.
I found an old board and pulled out the large roll of jute webbing I bought at an estate sale a few weeks ago for $1.00.
The crate was rusty and dirty, but full of potential.
So what do you do with all these ingredients?
Make a footstool of course.
I cut off a piece of wood from an old shelf that was no longer being used, then cut a piece of muslin 2" larger than the board and a piece of batting about 1" larger than the board.
Then I wrapped it around the board and secured it with 1/2" staples.
I wove six 18" strips of the old jute webbing, wrapped it around to the back and stapled it again.
After putting it all together, the muslin showed through in a few spots and looked too white. I know it seems minor, but you know how these things can drive you crazy. I removed the staples and added a piece of burlap between the muslin and webbing; now the gaps are much less noticeable.
To secure the two pieces, screws and washers were screwed into the bottom of the board from the inside of the crate bottom.
I sprayed the entire crate inside and out with two coats of matte acrylic sealer so it can also be used in a casual indoor setting.
Time to move the tray, put my feet up, and relax awhile.