Behind the Big Green Door: The 'No Sew' Way to Make an Ottoman
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The 'No Sew' Way to Make an Ottoman

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The No Sew Way to Make an Ottoman

Following along with my month of thriftiness, I wanted to share a thrift store find that I gave a makeover too. A little backstory, I had every intentions on giving my mother's living room a makeover. I even started browsing thrift stores for her space. I found a table and two square boxes for $8 each....some kinda way two of the items have ended up in my living room. I can't help myself but I'll be finding more stuff for her space soon.

The No Sew Way to Make an Ottoman

For the pink boxes my initial idea was to cover them with a cushion and fabric...except there's one problem... I can't sew! I totally winged it on this one ya'll and it actually turned out nice, So I want to share my method with you. 

Here are the items that I used:
Box
Fabric
Cushion
Upholstery Nails
Navy Blue Spray Paint
Hammer
Scissors
Plastic Drop Cloth

For my Fall Home update I wanted to add more seating, When I ran across this pink box at the thrift store, it was love at first sight!

The No Sew Way to Make an Ottoman

The box needed a good cleaning and it had a couple of cobwebs on the bottom, but the bones were good. And don't let the size fool you, it is pretty heavy.

After cleaning I spray painted the bottom of the box navy blue. I gave it three light coats. After it dried I pulled out my fabric and cushion. I purchase a 2'' thick cushion from Hobby Lobby. I also picked up this faux leather from there as well. I love this cognac color, it just seems to match everything.

The No Sew Way to Make an Ottoman

The cushion was too big so I used scissors to cut it. Because I was winging this, I didn't plan properly, but if you are redoing this, use a bread knife for cutting your cushion. It will give it a cleaner edge. I used hot glue to adhere the cushion to the box.

After getting your cushion adhered place your fabric over your box. I loosely draped it over the box to get a feel for how it would look.

The No Sew Way to Make an Ottoman

This is where you will need your upholstery nails. I flipped the box on the side and use the nails to secure the fabric to the under side of the box. 

The No Sew Way to Make an Ottoman

Place the nails a couple inches apart nailing into the fabric until it is secure. I pulled the fabric down and secured the fabric with the upholstery nails on two opposite sides of the box. 

The No Sew Way to Make an Ottoman

For the other two sides, I folded the fabric like I was wrapping a Christmas gift. Smooth down the middle, turn the two sides of the excess fabric into triangles, fold the left side in and then the right side. 

The No Sew Way to Make an Ottoman

This is the fold before I secured the fabric. I pulled it extra tight and and secure it with more of the upholstery nails. Lastly I cut the excess fabric off of the bottom. I did leave a bit of the fabric to lay flat against the bottom part of the box. Super simple and after that I done! 

The No Sew Way to Make an Ottoman

I actually really like this folded look. It gives the box a really unique look. I asked B what her thought, since he is honest Abe, and he told me he really liked it. My daughter has somehow claimed the ottoman as her own.

The No Sew Way to Make an Ottoman

The No Sew Way to Make an Ottoman

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  1. Looks great Alaya. I love how you found use of something that someone may normally pass up on. Your ottoman looks great!

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    1. Thanks Erin! I almost passed it up but glad I didnt!

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  2. It came out so good! and I'm with erin, I probably would have passed it up. Good eye alaya!

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    1. Thanks Liah! It's def one of my favorite findss!

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