Remember those drawers I picked up from the side of the road the other day??
I posted about making one of them into a wall shelf for my daughter.
With the other one, I made this great storage ottoman for my front room!
Inspiration for this project came from a great blog - Beyond the Picket Fence - where you can see another drawer ottoman.
To make mine, I had the hardware store cut MDF board into 2 pieces the exact size of the top and bottom of my drawer. Below you can see the top piece set on the drawer.
I purchased this thick foam from the fabric store for a cushion, and cut it to the same size as the board.
Using my staple gun (my newest tool - hurray!) I stretched the fabric around the board and foam, and stapled it down, just as if I was upholstering a chair seat.
I stapled down another square piece of fabric, with the edges folded under, to hide the raw edges.
These boards that I nailed on (below) are needed so that the top does not slide around when it sits on the drawer. I measured very carefully the distance from the edge of the board to the opening of the drawer, on all 4 sides. I cut my boards to the exact length I needed, and nailed them into the MDF - according to the measurements I had taken. I made mine fit very tight against the inside of the drawer, so my measurements were very precise.
And now I have a great bit of extra storage, and a cute ottoman in the living room! My kids use it as a seat, or we set our feet on it. I love it.
I also got some legs that someone was giving away, and attached those to the bottom. This is where that 2nd piece of MDF came in. Because the bottom of the drawer was relatively thin wood, I nailed the MDF into the thicker edges, and then was able to screw the legs into that MDF on the bottom.
Repurposing things is so darn fun! I love giving new life to these discarded drawers. What kinds of repurposing projects have you been doing lately??