While mama and papa artist were in town this last weekend, we took on a little building project. I bought a lovely cushion (fabric, foam and plywood) at a garage sale a couple years ago, and have carted it from residence to residence ever since. In a fit of brainstorming with the BHO, the idea that we could use the cushion to make a couch-length ottoman was born. I mentioned this to the smartest, received a very questioning look (at which time he proceeded to hide the power tools therefore ensuring the survival of my fingers for another day) and a suggestion that we enlist the help of the artist family.
Here's how our little project turned out:
What you need:
Old cushion (or plywood, foam and fabric)
15 ft of white shelving material
1.5 inch wood screws
What you do:
1). If you are reupholstering your current cushion, start by
2). Trim wood to around 4'11"
3). Trim foam to around 5'
4). Wrap fabric around the foam and plywood, securing with staple gun (the smartest bought me a really sweet electric staple gun- so cool... and I didn't even staple my fingers). Pull the fabric tight as you staple.
** Since papa artist and the smartest were in charge of this next part... this is mostly what I THINK happened**
5). Cut boards into 2 sections of 5 feet, 2 sections of 16" and 2 sections of 12"
6). Using your wood glue and wood screws (and probably a measuring device of some kind), mount the 2 12" boards on the bottom board, creating 3 equal spaces.
7). Attach the 16" boards to either side of the bottom board
8). Attach the top board to the middle boards
9). Attach the top board to the end boards
10). Proceed to be very impressed with your talented parents, kick your feet up and enjoy!