Hi friends! In my last post I shared about the simple little side table that I made to accompany my favorite chairs. It got me thinking… You know what else goes good with a favorite chair besides a side table? A good book and a snuggly blanket? A hot cup of coffee in the morning or a glass of wine at days end? A furry friend or a cuddly child? Yes, those are all true, but I think a favorite chair first and foremost needs to be complemented with a good footrest. An ottoman or footstool so you can kick back, relax, and elevate those tired piggies…
But, you know what I also love about a good ottoman? Concealed storage. This was exactly my idea when I came across a few unused, but discarded cabinet drawer boxes at the thrift store. At first glance I thought, why would anyone buy unfinished plywood drawer boxes? Then, it came to me… I’d buy them! They’d make perfect boxes for ottomans… Storage ottomans! People are you getting a flavor of how my brain works yet? I seem to always look at things for what they could be, not what they currently are. And sometimes, this delusion “issue” that I have actually works out for me…
Anyway, about the ottomans. I upholstered the chairs in such a busy fabric that I thought it best to cover the ottomans in a versatile, yet timeless solid colored fabric. The material I chose is a matching gray velvet. I attached swivel wheels to the base of them so that they could roll freely across the carpet. I don’t generally care for skirting on furniture, but in this case I thought it was appropriate to cover the wheels.
Since we heat our house with wood mostly, I decided to use one ottoman for newspaper/firestarter.
And, one to keep the toys contained.
Also, I’ve made ottomans before with hinged lids, but I decided to make these ones removable so that my lil’ guy can take the cushioned lid off and get access to his toys without worrying about him pinching his fingers, etc. It’s not very professional looking, but I just used these two slats of wood to hold the lid tightly in place when it is on. It fits pretty snug.
Ok, that’s all for now. Keep your eyes peeled for potential projects that you can repurpose from unused, misused or otherwise random objects.
Not my quote…But, I like it 🙂