Bookcase + DIY = Ottoman
I had this bookcase and was no longer using it but I didn't want to throw it away. It was missing one leg and had some damage to the corner so I didn't want to give it away either.
That's when I had an idea.
A - There was trim underneath the top at the front of the bookcase. I pride it off with a flat head screwdriver and a hammer.
B - The top of the is bookcase was larger than the rest of the case so I had to cut off the edges that hung over (yellow lines)
C - I cut the overhanging edges with a jigsaw.
A - I removed the back of the bookcase which was cardboard.
B - I placed a piece of MDF on the work space. Using the backing that I removed as a template, I draw a line down the MDF.
C - I cut the MDF to size.
D - and screw the MDF to the back of the bookcase.
A & B - I wrapped the entire outside of the bookcase with batting and staple it in place.
C & D - Once the sides are stapled in place, I wrap it around the lip of the bookcase and staple it in place.
A - I draped fabric over the longer side and cut to size (yellow line)
B - I folded the fabric under and stapled to the bottom of the bookcase.
C - Pulling the fabric tight, I folded the fabric under the lip of the bookcase
D - and stapled in place.
I flipped the bookcase around and did the same steps on the other side.
A - The fabric on the longer sides are wrapped around to the shorter sides; however, it doesn't meet and there is gap.
B - I placed a piece of fabric that is a little bigger than the gap. I fold the edges under and measure from the right side
C - And then the left
D - I pull the fabric down the front and fold the corners in
E - then staple the fabric underneath the lip.
F - Pulling the fabric tight, I fold and staple the fabric to the bottom of the bookcase.
For the top of the ottoman, I cut MDF to size.
A - Placing a 3" foam pad on top of the MDF, I measured and marked six spaces that would be used for buttons.
B - I used a utility knife to cut shallow holes on the six spaces
C - I pushed a phillips head screwdriver through the foam to the MDF underneath. Using a hammer, I tapped the screwdriver to make a mark on the MDF.
D - After I removed the foam, I drilled holes on the screwdriver marks.
On the work space I placed -
3" foam padding
Beginning on one long side, I pull the fabric and batting up and over to the back. I fold the fabric and staple into place. Once this side is complete, I complete the other short side pulling the fabric tight as I staple
Once the short sides are complete, I move to the long sides and complete them.
Step 9: To add buttons,
A - I cut a long piece of upholstery thread and loop it in half
B - I thread the loop through the shank of the button
C - then I tie a slip knot so the button is secure
D - Because the padding is too thick for a sewing needle, I cut a slit in a bamboo skewer and attach the thread into the slit
Step 10: To attach the buttons,
A - Using a metal skewer, I inserted into a hole in the MDF and
B - pushed it through the 3" foam and out the other side
C - I inserted the bamboo skewer into the hole made by the metal skewer
D - and pushed it through the 3" foam
E - and out the hole in the MDF. I removed the metal skewer
F - I pulled the bamboo skewer out and pulled the thread free
Step 11: To secure the buttons,
A - I placed a small screw between two of the holes in the MDF
B - and wrapped the thread around the screw
C - I screwed the screw tightly which pulled the thread tightly
D - Then I tied both threads around the screw.
I added cotton fabric inside the lid and on the bottom.
I used a piano hinge to attach the lid to the bookcase.
And here is our new storage ottoman! I love the classic look and the storage is a plus. I didn't fasten the shelf inside so I can move the divider to make either side bigger or smaller or remove the shelf all together.