Tutorial: Repurpose a picture frame into a footstool

Posted on April 10, 2012 at 5:40 AM

Who doesn't love footstools? They make great seating for the little ones, provide a resting place for tired feet, and give a nice decorative touch to any room. They're easy to make and very affordable if you do what I've done and simply use an old wood picture frame, an unused foam pillow insert, wood curtain finials, and a piece of fabric remnant. No sewing required - just a heavy duty staple (or a hammer and some upholstery tacks - get them at your hardware store) to attach the fabric to the frame.

As you can see from the above, it's very easy to do. You can pick up sturdy wooden frames at flea markets, garage sales, or charity shops. 

Categories: Tutorial, DIY

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Reply gebrichi
9:25 AM on December 18, 2016 
I'm so sorry but that footstool is long gone. The striped fabric is actually curtain material if you wanted to follow the instructions in the post about making your own.

Reply Justin
8:29 PM on December 17, 2016 
I love the stripped footstool. Can I purchase? asap?
Reply gebrichi
9:44 PM on July 12, 2016 
The frame I used was 3/4 inches thick and made of wood. Its corners were glued together and reinforced with "L" shaped steel flat brackets attached with screws. The frame you refer to is quite small and I'm not sure what material it is. If you are using it for purely decorative purposes it would be cute.

Reply Charles
5:04 PM on July 12, 2016 
Wow! I didn't even know it was possible to convert a picture frame into a typical household footstool. Do u think it would be possible to do such a thing with a wooden picture frame like this one? Great post and I cant wait to see more!
Reply cristin frank
10:07 AM on May 4, 2012 
This ottoman is so beautiful! I love the repurposing. There is so much you can do with finials, but who would have thought a picture frame!