Nikki
Nikki
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I Turned a Tire into an Ottoman!


I can't stop smiling! Every time I walk pass my sunroom I want to pat myself on the back. I've been wanting a round ottoman forever. So I got a tire and made one! Take a look at the before and after pics and the how-to here:
i turned a tire into an ottoman, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
i turned a tire into an ottoman, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
i turned a tire into an ottoman, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
i turned a tire into an ottoman, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling

To see more: http://thatwasawhat.blogspot.com/2012/08/another-tire-saved-from-landfill.html

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13 questions
  • Mary rudolph
    on Mar 2, 2016

    Nikki, this looks great. Love the recycle idea. What size rope did you use? There is all kinds of sizes at home depot. Can't wait to make this for my family room. Thanks, Mary

  • Mary rudolph
    on Mar 3, 2016

    Nikki, I wanted to know what size rope did you use? This looks great and I would like to try to make it. Thanks, Mary

  • Speedbird2
    on Mar 30, 2016

    March 2016. Well here it is 2016 and your ottoman is still a hit. I have a question: When you cut the plywood circles to fit the tire hole what keeps the wood from falling into the center of the tire?? Thanks for the idea and I look forward to your response, speedbird2@comcast.net

    • Nikki
      on May 15, 2016

      Hi Speedbird2, sorry for the delay in responding. You've probably already figured out how to do it by now, but I used screws to secure the wood to the tire. They drill right through the wood into the rubber and grip just fine.

  • Nee2747679
    on Apr 7, 2016

    Looks absolutely wonderful, well done. Just one question please, don't the tyres smell strongly of rubber?

    • Nikki
      on May 15, 2016

      Hi Neetbaker, sorry for the delay in responding. As long as you use an old tire the smell isn't a problem.

  • CDB
    on Apr 7, 2016

    Where did you get the legs for your ottoman? I can't wait to make one for my living room.

    • Nikki
      on May 15, 2016

      Hi, for the very first one I made back in 2012 I used legs from an old chest I happened to have. For the ones I started making for my online store I ordered them from a local furniture parts distributor.

  • Joan
    on May 15, 2016

    Hi Nikki. You are amazing! How much rope did you need? Aldo

    • Nikki
      on May 15, 2016

      The very first one I made took about 10 bags I think (this was back in 2012, so my recollection could be off). When I started making them for my online store I bought the rope in bulk and each ottoman took one full roll. Hope this kind of helps!

  • Joan
    on May 15, 2016

    Did you have to allow drying time?

    • Nikki
      on May 15, 2016

      Hi Joan, no, the glue dries quickly. By the time you glue on one strand and move to the next the previous one will have adhered to the tire.

    • Mka9438279
      on Aug 2, 2016

      how did you install the legs?

  • Avis
    on May 21, 2016

    What kind of rope

  • Rebecca Knaub Teague
    on Jul 16, 2016

    what kind of glue did you use?

  • Sue Ryan
    on Aug 13, 2016

    I have been looking for a big round ottoman also. They are so expensive. Great idea. Do you have pictures of the steps?

    • Nikki
      on Aug 22, 2016

      Hi Sue, pictures of the steps are on my blog, thatwasawhat.blogspot.com.

  • Janice Peterson
    on Aug 21, 2016

    have you used the ottoman as a seat if so how has it held up to being sat upon? I can see how it gets less stress as an ottoman but I would find myself sitting on it as well.

    • Nikki
      on Aug 21, 2016

      Hi Janice, I have only used them as ottomans since the wood I use for the center is pretty thin. I suppose you could try a thicker wood for the center to make it sturdier for sitting. Good luck!

  • Miriam
    on Aug 26, 2016

    where are your instructions on how to do it because I would like to try

    • Nikki
      on Aug 30, 2016

      Hi Miriam, they are on my blog: thatwasawhat.blogspot.com. There should be a link in my original post. Good luck!

  • Ann Moore
    on Sep 2, 2016

    Can you smell the rubber?

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