Y'all, I fell in love...
...with an ottoman from Restoration Hardware. It was the perfect mix of industrial and rustic; managing to somehow look old and worn but also comfortable and modern. I wanted it. I NEEDED IT.
Priced at $1095 I just couldn't justify purchasing it.
If you'd like to, you can buy it here.
One of my hard rules in life is not to buy something new that looks old and antique and therefore is marked up way beyond what it would cost to find while antiquing or to make. So I decided to make it myself. Or something similar at least.
I searched Craigslist, eBay, yard sales, antique stores, and flea markets and just couldn't find the right base. I even bought a few that I resold because they didn't fit the vision in my head. Then, I saw it. It was perfect. A gorgeous crate, worn and weathered; just how I like 'em. I turned it over and noticed the most amazing little vintage wheels, look how darling they are!!
I mean: really. They're perfect. I tried to keep my poker face on when I asked the price. The lady said $20.
TWENTY DOLLARS?! For this glorious creation? SOLD x10.
Overjoyed with this find, I went home and started planning.
I decided to make the top out of plywood and foam. The plywood I got at Lowe's. They were sweet enough to cut it down to the size I asked for. They won't promise perfect cuts, but I didn't need it to be perfect, so I was fine with it.
I also bought a canvas drop cloth f(in the painting section) to use as my fabric cover. I wanted to keep an antique/industrial feel and didn't want to pay a lot for fabric. Easy. Then I went to JoAnn Fabrics (with coupon in hand- they always have a coupon online and in their circular). I purchased a nice piece of foam and batting.
Unfortunately I didn't think to ask them to cut the foam, so I ended up with a piece that was a little too large. Cutting foam at home without an electric knife is a nightmare. Lesson learned.
I layered all of the pieces out on the floor: the outside (drop cloth) fabric, then the batting, then the foam. I put all of this ontop of the plywood so I could measure it.
I cut the batting and drop cloth just wide enough that the fabric would stretch over the foam to be stapled onto the plywood.
Next, I stretched the fabric tightly around the plywood and stapled it down with my staple gun.
I did the long sides, then the short sides, leaving the corners unfinished.
I pulled the edges tightly around the corners to get a nice fold.
And secured them with, you guessed it, more staples.
I can't decide if I want to add hinges to keep the top attached to the crate, or add more fabric or wood to the underneath for a more professional finish, but while I decide I'm testing it out in our living room.
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