How to Build a Rustic Foot Stool

This is a the perfect gift for the 
Dad in our house. 

patio with outdoor furniture

The Dad around here likes to put his feet up. 

He works a long day and likes to relax when he gets home. 

What could he want more for Father's Day than putting his feet up on a brand new foot stool? 

Especially one built with love. 

I started out with pieces of an old fence I found on the side of the road.

Following the directions from Beyond the Picket Fence, I went ahead and began the easy assembly. 

upside down wooden stool

All I needed was a few pieces of 2x4's and some pallet wood for the top.  

My 2x4's were already a dark aged color so I threw on a quick coat of white paint and let the dark wood show through. 

white wooden stool

Getting to this point was a breeze. 

Becky's directions were a cinch to follow.

I found these great letters in the clearance section at Michael's, they are reposition able and can be used over and over.

step stool with relax stickers

I am thinking my husband will love this on the deck this summer to sit back, relax and put his feet up so I'm painting it blue to match the colors of the deck furniture.

I gave it a quick rough brushing of navy blue over the letters...

step stool with relax

When I peeled off the letters I gave the top of the foot stool a quick sanding with the power sander then a coat of an outdoor sealer. 

rustic step stool saying relax

I think this is a great Father's Day gift and will get a lot of use all summer. 

pallet step stool and chair

Thanks Becky for the great directions for making this awesome foot stool.

Happy Father's Day to all the great Dad's out there including my own! 

rustic step stool with overlay


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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .