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Friday, July 13, 2012

DIY Nail-head Ottoman

If you’ve been reading this blog for any time at all, you probably know how I feel about upcycling.  I.LOVE.IT.  I LOVE taking something that I already have and making it into something totally new and cool with very minimal cost.  Enter latest project.

I told you the other day that I was gonna do it, and I don’t disappoint.  Remember this pic?
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I just wasn’t finding the ottoman that I wanted on Craig’s List, and I certainly wasn’t going to buy one new (not in the budget).  And I really liked the way my wicker storage thingy looked in that place, but it didn’t really work as an ottoman.  First of all, it had casters.  And secondly, it wasn’t soft.

So here’s what I did.  I removed the lip from the top and the casters from the bottom of this ottoman.
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I took the stuffing out of this pillow that wasn’t being used.
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I had bought two yards of burlap, folded it over to double it, and cut a square that looked big enough to cover the top with filling in it.
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Then I brought the filling from the pillow over and told Michael, “This is the craziest thing I’ve ever done….well…craft-wise.”
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I began to stuff the crap out of that, and as soon as I had it contained, I folded over the burlap and started to staple.  I did realize later that I should have only stapled along the edges and cut off the excess.
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It worked out, though, albeit a bit lumpy.
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The bottom was a hot mess because of the aforementioned mistake, but since the base was hollow, it didn’t really matter much.  If I would have been putting it onto something solid or something that would have revealed the bottom, then it definitely would have been important to only staple along the edges and cut off the excess.
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So here’s where the fun part began.  I took my nails and started hammering them into the edge.  At first I put them about an inch and a half apart from each other, but later I decided to fill in the difference.
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I put one in between the last set.  I’m glad, too, because I think it looks better with them closer together.
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So now I had to affix the top onto the base.  Solution: my new favorite thing – Gorilla Glue.  OMG, that stuff is frickin’ awesome!  It will hold just about anything together.  So I put it along the edge of the base….
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….then I had to weight it down to ensure that it would stick together as the glue dried.  (It takes a few hours.)
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The result?  Tada!
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What do you think?  Sure it looks like a big mushroom, but I like it. 
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This guy likes it, too, and who can argue with that precious face?
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TDC Before and After

9 comments :

  1. Love it! Picture of Isacc is soo precious!
    Sharon

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  2. Very ingenious idea! The wee ones won't be able to pull the nails out will they? Just thinking of the safety aspect. Dale

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    1. Oh trust me, those nails aren't going anywhere. ;)

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  3. TOO ADORABLE! New follower from "Texas Bloggers"
    Tif
    Ramblings of a Southern Belle
    http://www.her-southern-ramblings.blogspot.com

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  4. Too cute! It really gives me some ideas :)

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  5. Just dropped by to let ya know that I liked your blog so much, I nominated you for the "Versatile Blogger" award! Stop by my post at the link below to get the image and rule, and become a part of this award blog hop! Congrats :-)
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    Sarah B Texas
    http://sarahbtexas.blogspot.com/2012/07/versatile-blogger-award.html

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