When our house was first complete, I bought a really cheap coffee table from Target, along with a matching console table, both of which matched our cabinets and table. Matchy McMatcherson was my name. For some reason the idea of having every piece of furniture in my house match seemed “grown up” or “perfect” to me… ironally, I now really just want my home to look like it has been collected over time, and less like I just won a nneeewww diiiinnninnnngggg roooom on the Price is Right and plopped it in my house.
This is the only picture I can find of the coffee table, because I am terrible at remembering to take pictures of all the stages of a project. (See below for more evidence of this!) Sorry about the poor quality… it was taken on my old crappy phone. This pic was taken probably the weekend that we got furniture into our house, before we got the two tub chairs and stand, and when we had a different area rug. It is so crazy to look at this picture now… it looks so empty and weird… and clean! :-/
Besides the matchy-matchyness, the table was too darn small. For the look with our couch, and for the functionality of it. To add to my little issue with the coffee table, some gangsta vandalized it when we weren’t home one day. With his/her teeth. Supect #1 is pictured above on couch. Suspect #2 is pictured with Suspect #1 below.
I knew for a while that I wanted something bigger, and I loved the idea of an upholstered ottoman, but whenever I tried shopping for something, I realized there was no way I was dropping that kind of money on an ottoman. And then one day, I was in the basement staring at the pile of pallets that our pellets (for our furnace) were stacked on. And I got thinking… could I turn a pallet into an ottoman?
It’s not often that I actually come up with my own ideas. Most of them come from other blogs, pinterest, and tv shows. But this one was pretty much my own brain child. Once I came up with the idea, I wondered if someone else had thought of it (they have… I’m not that cool). I did a quick Google Image search and found this this ottoman.
I thought I was clicking on a tutorial for creating an ottoman out of a pallet, but it is actually an ottoman sold at West Elm (for “$349-$399!!). I knew I loved the way it looked and I could achieve something similar by padding and upholstering a pallet, and attaching feet. At this point I was so antsy to get started that I wasn’t even interested in finding a tutorial. I would figure it out as I went along because I was jonesin’ to make this happen!
So after a trip to a few stores, I cleared myself some space and had Kreig and my dad cut a pallet down to the right size for me. It is almost a perfect square, but not quite. They also pre-drilled holes for my foot brackets.
Then I put four foam seat cushions that I already had on top of the pallet. I used wood glue to attach the cushions, but they were sliding around and I didn’t want to wait for the glue to dry, so my dad threw a few staples in there. At first, I was a little worried about the fact that the cushions didn’t cover the entire top of the pallet, but it actually gives the top a nice rounded edge.
And this is where my picture-taking stopped because I was going to town on this thing. Once the cushions were attached, I covered the pallet with extra carpet padding that we had leftover from getting our carpets installed. For the corners, I cut out triangles of the padding so I didn’t end up with big lumps. I pretty much just stapled my life away all around the bottom side of the pallet, making sure the carpet padding was pulled tight.
For the fabric, I used this curtain panel that I got from Target. It had the perfect hint of purple without being too in-your-face. I actually used a plain plum curtain underneath this one, which was sitting in a closet unused. The paisley curtain is pretty sheer, so the solid one just helped the look and feel.
Why a curtain, you ask? Well, the only fabric store we have around us is JoAnn fabrics, and I never seem to find fabric that I like there. I also hate going in there because I feel like the women who work there know I can’t really sew and judge me for it. I don’t know why, I’ve always just felt like they look at me like “Puh-lease girl. You aren’t a real crafter!” I know. I’m absolutely nuts. It’s also much less overwhelming for me to look through one aisle of curtains than a thousand different fabrics.
Sorry for the lack of pictures of the actually upholstery process. I just cut out my fabric to fit around the pallet, allowing a few extra inches all around, stapled the crap out of the pallet while pulling the fabric tight. When I was done, I trimmed the excess fabric. I did this with the solid plum fabric, and then the paisley.
Once the fabric was attached, I screwed four of these brackets into the pre-drilled holes (through the fabric and padding).
Then I attached these feet (which I stained dark walnut) to the brackets.
And…. voila! An ottoman for about $40. (It would have been more if I didn’t already have some of my supplies on hand.)
It’s a pretty awesome upgrade for the price! The height does seem a little bit low for me, but I’ve tried taller legs and they just aren’t as sturdy as these stubby ones, so they are staying for now.
Anyone else making anything out of pallets? How about curtains? Anyone else have an irrational fear of fabric stores?