Rustic DIY Woven Bench Transformation



rustic DIY woven bench | take a chair or bench without a seat and make a woven top | how to weave twine into a seat

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I found this bench at an estate sale for $5.  The problem with it was clear – the cane seat was completely destroyed and it no longer was a functional bench.  I saw this rustic woven foot stool at Anderson and Grant a few months back and absolutely loved it.  I knew as soon as I saw it that I needed to find a piece to makeover with this technique.

rustic bench transformation

This month for the Create and Share Challenge hosted by Stephanie from Casa Watkins we were supplied with paint, wax, and brushes from Wise Owl Chalk Style Paint to complete our projects.  My nonfunctional bench seemed to be the perfect candidate for the woven seat and I knew chalk paint would give it the perfect rustic look I was going for.

This bench top was just screwed on with ten screws, so I was able to easily unscrew the top.

chalk painted bench

I started by prepping the frame of the bench.  Although I used chalk paint for this piece, I always do a couple of things before painting anything, with any type of paint.  Here are all my tricks for prepping furniture.  After prepping, I painted the frame in Sea Salt.  It’s a light color, so I needed to paint three coats.  Overall, I really enjoyed using this paint.  It’s comparable to the other types of chalk paint I’ve used, and gives a nice, matte finish.

rustic DIY woven bench | take a chair or bench without a seat and make a woven top | how to weave twine into a seat

Before applying the wax, I lightly sanded the piece with 220 grit sandpaper, applying extra pressure to corners and edges to reveal some of the wood.

rustic DIY woven bench | take a chair or bench without a seat and make a woven top | how to weave twine into a seat

To create the weave on the top of the bench, I used jute twine.  I found this at Hobby Lobby and ended up needing almost 4 rolls of it.  Halfway through the weaving, I did figure out a trick that could have saved me a lot of twine, which I’ll share with you in a bit.

how to weave a bench seat

I tightly wrapped the twine around the bench top across the whole bench.  I debated whether I should just staple every two ends of twine, but I thought this was would be a lot sturdier.  In the end, I’m glad I used the extra twine to wrap all the way around the frame.

how to weave a rustic chair

Whenever I ran out of one roll of twine, I simply tied a knot to the next piece and kept wrapping.

how to weave a bench seat 2

To achieve the weave, I used a paint stick to get the pattern started.  Because I was weaving across a fairly long surface, I used a drawstring threader as my extra long needle.  Both of these ended up being huge time savers.

how to weave a chair seat

After finishing a band of weave, I removed the paint stick, threaded it through the opposite way, and then continued weaving each thread one by one.

how to weave a chair or bench seat

At first, I just wrapped the twine all the way along the back to then start the next row.  Halfway through, I realized that the first wrapping I did was sturdy, and I could use those strings as a way to reverse the twine.  So, instead of going all the way across the bottom, I looped the twine around one of the bottom pieces, and then was ready to start the next row.  I did this for a couple of rows, and then would wrap one all the way around just to keep it sturdy.

I debated stapling all of the pieces on the back, but because this is a bench, I worried that the staples might give out, or just not give as secure of a seat.  I know that this method is extremely sturdy, but it did use a lot of twine!

rustic DIY woven bench | take a chair or bench without a seat and make a woven top | how to weave twine into a seat

I will admit, the weaving portion of this rustic DIY woven bench transformation was pretty time consuming.  Luckily, Wise Owl Chalk Paint is easy to use and dries quickly, so the painting portion was a breeze!

rustic DIY woven bench | take a chair or bench without a seat and make a woven top | how to weave twine into a seat

rustic DIY woven bench | take a chair or bench without a seat and make a woven top | how to weave twine into a seat


rustic DIY woven bench | take a chair or bench without a seat and make a woven top | how to weave twine into a seat

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40 thoughts on “Rustic DIY Woven Bench Transformation

  1. Jenny this bench is stunning! I love love love the transformation. I’ve been looking for a similar style forever! Now I know not to pass up a bench that has some of the weave missing. This is totally dreaming. Great job, CoCo

  2. Love it! Sea salt is such a beachy gorgeous color! The color seems to change throughout the day with different lighting! Is it blue, is it green… is it gray… its so lovely! Great job on reinventing this piece and giving it so much curb appeal!

  3. SO, you don’t say, but you did have to remove the top completely to do the wrapping and weaving. How would this equate to using on a chair seat? I little more info would really be appreciated. Thanks!

    1. Yes, I removed the top of the bench to weave it, but you could also staple every two loops on the bottom (it’d just be a lot of stapling!) and the top wouldn’t need to be removed. So for a chair, it’d really depend on the type of chair. I have some that the inner seat panel can be removed and then you could weave on top of it. For some of the cane chairs that are missing the cane, they have holes drilled around the circumference of the chair, and you could do a looser weaver through the holes. I actually plan to do this a couple of chairs in my garage, so I’ll be sure to post about it, because sometimes my ideas change when I actually get my hands on it!

      1. Thanks so much for getting back on this one…I have two chairs that I don’t think I can afford to have re-caned by an expert. Thought the Jute would be an excellent idea.

  4. Great tutorial! There are a lot of these chairs at a local auction house. Next time I will pick up a couple and try this method.

  5. Jenny, I love the woven twine! Thank you for the tips on how you did this. Pinning and tweeting to share. We love that you came over to share your project with us at Brag About It! Look for your feature at next weeks party!

  6. Jenny, this bench us awesome!!! Nice job!! All the twine and time that took to make this is definitely worth it!! It looks incredible!!

  7. I love your bench and the creative way you used the jute twine. Fabulous! Featuring tonight at Talk of the Town. Thanks so much for sharing:-)

  8. Good Morning!! I wanted to let you know that your post has been selected as a Feature for the Welcome Home Wednesdays Link Party! Stop by this morning to see your post linked up and grab your Featured Button too! 🙂

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