In case you haven’t heard, my house is small. Up until recently, we’ve had a giant ottoman taking up precious space. It was useful – the top came off to store blankets and it was great extra seating when we needed it. But the space trade-off just wasn’t worth it. I half-heartedly looked for a new, smaller ottoman to buy; and whole-heartedly looked for something with which to make a new, smaller ottoman.
An old Coca-Cola crate turned out to be that something. My original idea was to use two crates. (I actually think that 2 would have made the stool more proportional to the chair it’s used for, but I don’t mind it being smaller. Considering that whole small-house-issue...)
I found a $5 table at GoodWill that had nice legs and was willing to donate them to the project.
I painted and distressed the legs to match the crate.
(I used Minwax Wood Finish Dark Walnut stain over Krylon’s Sun Yellow Paint and Primer.)
Kevin drilled down into the legs and attached them to the crate with really long lag-screws (4 to 5 inch) to give it more stability. He used this screw/washer combo.
I bought a small piece of dense foam to fit in the crate, and a small pillow to sit on top. I’m sure there’s probably a better way to do it, but this was so easy. Although it was painful to pay for the foam rubber. Wow – that stuff is so expensive!!! Don’t even think about buying it without a coupon. Thank goodness for 40% off.
I really cheated on this part. I didn’t sew it at all. I pinned the long sides together, and then folded and tucked the short sides underneath. So lazy. At some point I will probably sew something more permanent. If I have to.
I really like how it turned out. And it’s comfortable!
Zoey prefers the chair.
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