I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been working with a group on a home for women in transition out of difficult life situations. My group is responsible for furnishing the living room and the “welcome room”. I am in charge of the design plan for the two rooms and had fun creating a pallet ottoman, like I’d seen on Pinterest, with AJ (and Drew).
We took an old pallet to use as the base, places around us are always giving these away for free. Hindsight is 20 / 20 but if I were to make one of these again I’d make sure there were no missing pieces from the end boards (see the board to the left of Drew in the photo below).
AJ then installed some legs on the pallet that I’d stained Jacobean by Mixwax.
The legs came from Home Depot and were about $8 apiece.
The next step is important… test out to make sure the legs and the pallet make a sturdy enough table for your cars. 🙂
I had purchased an incredibly lightweight half sheet of plywood from Home Depot and had it cover the empty spaces on the pallet.
This photo shows how AJ screwed the legs into the pallet.
AJ then made sure the board was secured with a bunch of screws so it wouldn’t wiggle after I put down the batting.
I then laid batting that I got for 50% off at Joann Fabrics and made sure to do an extra layer where the plywood didn’t come to the edge of the pallet. You can’t even notice a difference now.
This next photo, of the finished product, illustrates why it’s good to have a straight edge on each side of the pallet (remember point one above?). Otherwise the line around the edge will be slightly wonky like it is here after you use your staple gun to secure the batting and fabric to the bottom of the pallet.
The fabric is a new line Joann Fabrics is carrying by HGTV Home. I am in love with the gorgeous patterns they have… and as a bonus they were all 40% off this past week so I got some for here and some for another project you’ll see later on this week.
These photos are all shot from slightly awkward angles because I didn’t want to take any photos that would give an indication where this house in transition is in case any of the women were coming out of dangerous situations.
This photo shows the chair that was the inspiration behind purchasing this fabric. The chair was an Overstock.com find (love that place!) and it goes gorgeously with the lighter blue / green in the fabric.
After the ottoman was done I decided to purchase some additional fabric and make a couple of pillows for the room. One inexpensive way to get the most bang for your buck is to just make the back of the pillow out of duckcloth and use your expensive fabric only on the front. It saved me a boodle doing it that way.
The blue pillow with the jute trim came in a pack of two from Home Goods.
Lastly, I brought my fabric swatch to Home Goods and purchased a giant basket and filled it with the most comfy blankets I could find for the living room… Drew was obsessed with the softness of the light tan one.
What did you create this weekend?