Want to learn how to make an ottoman that is not only fabulously unique, but a really cheap rustic furniture idea?
My husband and I have been giving our living room a makeover. It was past time! So, we really wanted some unique living room decor ideas that fit into our budget.
So off to antique and junk stores we went. We found this amazing vintage milk crate for $25, and thought it would make a great ottoman.
The first thing we did was cut a piece of plywood to fit the top of the milk crate. (actually, there was not a we, there was a he)
This particular milk crate had little feet on the bottom.
My husband cut out notches though a third of the plywood so that the board fit snugly on top.
Next, I cut a piece of 2" foam to fit the top of the plywood board. You can find foam at any craft or sewing store.
Now, the fun part; adding your decor fabric. I chose a heavy weight fabric for durability. Our home is full of kids, dogs, and chaos.
Break out the staple gun!
When beginning to upholster the board, staple one staple in the middle of each side. Flip the board over and make sure the fabric is straight and even. Then begin stapling the rest of the fabric, keeping the tautness of the fabric even all the way around.
When the fabric is a heavy weight fabric, the corners can be tricky! Carefully, snip off extra fabric to eliminate bulk, then staple to the board. Once you are finished stapling, run a hot iron over the top and sides of the fabric.
Learning how to make an ottoman isn't difficult. And, if you are looking for cheap living room furniture, this little ottoman fits anybody's budget! Search for something unique to use, and have fun with it!
I love how this DIY project turned out! It makes a fun conversation piece.
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