There have been lots of changes around Chez Savvy Seeker since the addition of our little baby, Sunny Grace. Trees have been removed, a dishwasher has been added, rooms and hallways have been painted and furniture has been re-arranged and then re-arranged again. Nothing like an addition to the family to jump start that honey-do list!
We recently swapped our den and formal living room around, when I was home on maternity leave. New furniture was purchased and older furniture was let go. Once the dust settled, we realized we were missing something…an ottoman. Everyone needs a place to kick up your feet and sit back…just hopefully not on your lovely antique coffee table!
We looked around the house to see if we had anything that we could re-purpose into an ottoman…and when the Mr. and I stared at the old wooden crate we use in our home office area to place our printer on, we got an idea. A crate ottoman!
I immediately started scouring our local Craigslist for antique crates, hoping to spot a good deal (unlike the full retail price most antique shops ask for). I was in luck! I found a gentlemen who was selling a Canada Dry soda crate from 1951. His sister once owned a small convenience store in the Virginia Beach area. He was visiting her and used the crate to bring back some goods on the car ride home. He placed it in his garage…and there is sat, untouched for 63 years!!! Amazing! And he sold it to me for $20…which was worth the story alone.
What You’ll Need
Here’s the list of supplies we used for our ottoman:
- 1 vintage/antique crate (Craigslist – $20.00)
- 4 wooden furniture feet – bun style (Lowe’s – $2.78 each = $11.12)
- 1 Valspar paint sample (Lowe’s – $2.98)
- 1 antique grain sack (Etsy – $45.00)
- 2 decorative hinges (Home Depot – $4.98)
- Airtex Foam high density 2″ (Jo Ann Fabrics – $9.99)
- Optional: Batting to wrap around the foam cushion (Jo Ann Fabrics – $4.99)
- 1/2″ birch plywood (Home Depot – $6.50)
- Jigsaw for cutting
- Super glue
- Power drill/drill bits
Total Cost of the project = around $60.00* (price does not include antique grain sack fabric)
How to Make a Soda Crate Ottoman
Step 1: Find a really cool old wooden crate.
Step 2: Paint your wooden furniture feet. When they dry, attach them to the bottom of the crate.
Step 3: Measure and cut the plywood for the lid of the crate.
Step 4: Measure and cut your 2″ foam to fit the lid of the crate (hint: use the piece of plywood you just cut as your template). Once your foam is cut, carefully place super glue on the plywood and then affix your foam to the plywood. Let it dry for 15 minutes.
OPTIONAL: I wanted my ottoman to be extra soft and cushy…so I wrapped the 2″ foam with some polyester batting (mostly used for blankets and quilts). Then I stapled the batting in place to the plywood board.
Step 5: Measure and cut your fabric so that you have a few inches of extra fabric that wrap over the foam lid and go underneath the plywood board. Once your fabric is in place, staple the fabric on the underside of the plywood board (hint: To begin, place a single staple in the middle of each side. That will keep your fabric taut and straight while you staple the rest).
Step 6: Measure and drill holes for your hinges (on both the underside of your ottoman top/lid AND the outside of your crate). The bottom part of your hinges should be visible on one side of your crate from the outside. The other part of the hinges should be hidden on the underside of your lid. Once you screw the hinges in place…TA-DA! You’re done.
Step 7: Sit back and relax! Not only do you have a fun, vintage style ottoman…You also have a cute storage spot for things like magazines and remote controls!
You’re done! I think the entire project took about an hour or so. And it’s super cute and matches our quirky vintage style. I love being able to look around our house and say…”Aw, we made that! Isn’t that cool?” If you’ve made a soda crate ottoman or any other kind of DIY project from an old crate, drop me a note and tell me about it!
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