I bought it for 2 reasons: It's size and shape and the fact that it had a (drumroll).....
We've been wanting a square storage ottoman for our living room for ages, but we weren't willing to shell out $300+ bucks. As soon as I saw this big square coffee table, I knew it had potential. The random drawer sent me over the edge and I convinced Reid to go back to the store with me and we bought it! It was $39 which is more than I would normally spend for a thrift store purchase, but the size was right, the drawer was a rare find and it is really solid wood in perfect condition.
West Elm ottoman (with NO storage)
this one from Ballard Designs for closer to $500
We made our own!
I will be the first to admit that it isn't perfect. I need to tweak a few things and I am toying with the idea of adding nail head trim, but we will see. Here is how we did it:
Then I covered everything in a layer of batting, just to smooth out the foam and make the edges more rounded.
Then it was finally time to staple on the fabric. I scored this heavy duty woven charcoal gray fabric from Joann's on clearance for $9 a yard. Even though I needed 3.5 yards, it was doable since the fabric was so cheap. Just to compare, another fabric I liked was $50 a yard, so $9 is a great price!
I pushed on the button and pulled the thread really tight on the other end while Reid stapled a few times.
I think it makes the room SO much cozier and I love that it's on rollers so we can easily roll it away or switch it to the other couch. I believe the final cost of this project was around $90. Not too bad considering the cheaper options to buy are $300. Have you attempted a coffee table ottoman before? It really was so easy!
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