Tractor Tire Rim Ottomans

I spotted these large, bright yellow tractor tire rims for sale in a neighbor's yard on the way home from work a few months ago. My husband pulled over amongst my jabber of ottomans and quilted red fabric to let me check them out. A few minutes of negotiations later and I was the proud owner of two 100# steel John Deere tractor tire rims. Now what? Ottomans!
I'm usually pretty good about "letting" my creations go off to the shop and into the arms of a loving family but I REALLY wanted to keep these beauties!
I started by power washing and steel brushing the crusty, rusty, and slightly bent rims before I began priming and painting.
Each of the rims was primed and then painted using white and red Valspar spray paint. It took some time but the result was awesome!
While the paint was drying, I began to create the remaining elements. Using a hardwood plywood, I cut out a circle base that would serve as the upholstered top of the ottoman. Because each of the wheels was a little bent and wonky, the bases had to be custom fit by trimming and adjusting where needed.
I attached the 2" foam and then began the tedious task of covering with the quilted fabric. After I stapled the living daylights out of the fabric, I cut off the excess for a neat and clean look.
The red with the white quilted top....
And the white with the red quilted top...I'm not sure which I like better BUT the tops are interchangeable! Please check out the FULL tutorial with more key details at my blog, The Charming Farmer.
Meagan {The Charming Farmer}
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  • Twila Rine Twila Rine on Apr 26, 2017
    Just wondering what type of outdoor waterproof fabric you used and where you purchased it please ?

  • Vicki Vicki on Dec 10, 2020

    Did you leave space from the edge of the circle base and rim? Did the plywood set down inside the rim?

    How did you attache the foam to the plywood?

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