I love new beginnings. Starting new, starting fresh helps me to have a healthy perspective of opportunities and the potential of things. It’s like being given a blank sheet of paper and I can make of it whatever I choose.
Recently, I moved to a nice condo in Northern VA and was excited about the opportunity to decorate it the way that I wish. Intuitively, my mind began to envision what colors, furniture, pictures, mood, design, and more I could see throughout my new dwelling. This opportunity to express my creativity excites me!
So, in planning how I would decorate my space I considered the following factors:
- I already have some furniture and décor items that I own and will use
- I have some furniture and décor items that will be given to me
- I do not intend to spend much to furnish and decorate the space, given the previous factors and that I am being financially conscious.
- I want to do some do-it-yourself (DIY) projects.
With those factors in mind I began to decorate. In this post, I highlight the ottoman I made from using a wooden shoe rack.
My mom had a shoe rack that she no longer needed and asked if I could use it. I didn’t think I really needed a shoe rack for my shoes but I figured I could find a use for it so accepted it. Fast forward a few months and having spent a day here and there sitting or lying on my living room couch, watching Netflix and feeling void of having something to rest my feet on; I remembered I had this shoe rack that was waiting to be used.
[Idea!] I can make an ottoman out of the shoe rack Mom gave me. Oh and I think I can even put wheels on it with those I have in my art stash! Yes that’s what I’ll do.
- 2 shelf wooden shoe rack
- Staple gun and staples
- Foam cushion
- Cotton batting
- Sewing machine
- 2 buttons
- Hand Drill
- 4 rolling wheels
Preparing the Pieces of the Ottoman:
- The first thing I did was drill 4 holes in the bottom of the rack for where the wheels will be placed.
- Then I cut pieces of cardboard for the top, front, back, and sides of the rack.
- Next I cut some foam cushion I had on hand to the same size of the shoe rack.
- I then cut the fabric to size leaving a 2-inch allowance on all edges.
- I placed the fabric on the ottoman to determine how I wanted the fit to be and also how I was going to sew it to fit.
Making the Ottoman:
- Once I determined how best to sew the fabric I put the needle and thread to the fabric and my foot to the pedal.
- Before putting the sewn fabric on, I turned it upside down so that the opening was accessible; then placed the cushion and cardboard inside.
- I stitched two pretty buttons through the cardboard, cushion, and fabric.
- I placed the finished items on the shoe rack. Made adjustments until the fit was aligned.
- Lastly, I place some hot glue on the wheel pegs and placed them in the pre-drilled holes.
And wala…a rolling ottoman.
audaCiTy to be a Do-It-Yourselfer: Do you repurpose things around your home like I do? What are your reasons for doing so or not doing so? If you do, what cool things have you made? Let’s chat about it below.