DIY: crate ottoman from sugar & succulents

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.


The "perfect" Crate
Wheels: my crate came with them, although they aren't necessary. 
Plywood (same size as crate top)
Piece of foam (same size as plywood)
Fabric, I used a drop cloth
Staple gun and staples
Countless hours finding the perfect crate
Approximately 1hour of shopping
30 minutes of labor
Crate: $20.00
Plywood: $15.20
Drop cloth: $11.48
Batting and Foam (with coupons and store promotions): $42.83
Total: $89.51

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  • Lara

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  • Kim

    I absolutely love this idea! I was thinking “Outside the Box” lol, a pretty fabric and paint for the perfect outdoor extra seating. Thank you!!!!

  • Sara Syrett

    This is so great! I 100 percent follow the same sentiment. Why buy something that looks old for so much when I can find an antique or better make it myself for less! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday. Pinning! Visiting from Twelve On Main. Have a great day!

  • Emily

    Your ottoman looks fantastic! Thanks for linking up with Creative Spark; I am featuring your cool DIY ottoman this week. We hope you’ll stop by and link up again!

  • Taylor from sugar & succulents

    Lela- thank you so much for your kind words!!
    Jenna- It’s so easy to make, you can definitely add this to your living room in one afternoon :)
    Amanda- thank you! I kept looking for a tutorial online and couldn’t find one, so here it is!
    Grandma’s house- you are so welcome, I’d love to see how it turns out!!
    Audra- thank you for your kind words!
    Nikki- I visited your blog and left a response, but ours is just fine without supports…I guess it would depend on the crate.
    Linda, Lori, and Carol- thank you for reading and stopping by the blog!

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