About 15 years ago (back when I thought spiky maroon hair was a good look for me), I worked at a local wine and cheese shop. This led to my love of both of these things, as well as one of the best purchases I’ve ever made.
The store received shipments of wine in these awesome wooden crates, which they then sold in the store for $7 apiece. I bought four of them to stack as bookshelves in my first apartment, and they’ve been with me ever since.
Here they are in my old/kind of dodgy apartment I lived in before I bought my house (down payments don’t pay for themselves).
When I bought my new house, I gained a lot of extra square footage, which meant I needed a few items of furniture. My new place already had bookshelves built in, so I really didn’t need my wine crates anymore.
Or did I?
You see, what I wanted was very specific. I wanted a large green ottoman with a wooden base that I could sit a large tray on.
That’s when I decided to make my own.
I have exactly zero carpentry skills. Luckily, I didn’t need any for this project.
First, I went to a thrift store and found a set of heavy 1970’s celadon green curtains that were on sale for $1.
I cut off the pleated section, as well as the hems. This left me with four large perfect squares.
A friend recently gave me two huge garbage bags filled with his family’s old curtains he found in his attic. He knows I sew, and thought I might be able to get some use out of the fabric.
Unfortunately, the curtains were pretty damaged and yellowed with age.
Fortunately, this didn’t matter. I washed them and then tore them to shreds. This ended up taking a couple of hours, but was a great stress reliever.
I stitched the curtains into two giant pillows, and stuffed each one with the curtain shreds. This made them nice and heavy, which was perfect for what I had in mind.
I laid out my wine crates like so:
Each side is 33″, which is just a couple of inches smaller than my giant pillows.
I stacked the two pillows on top of the crates.
Then, I added a big thrifted tray, one of my favorite art books, and my remote controls. Now I’m ready to bing watch Netflix in total relaxation.
I think it really works with my eclectic décor!
Even if I decide I no longer like the ottoman, I’ll still have the crates to use for other projects, and those giant pillows make great floor cushions for entertaining, or a cozy bed for Douglas!
13 thoughts on “An Easy DIY Wine Crate Ottoman”
Welp. I have read you blog a totally of 5 times within the past year or so. I pretty much adore you and everything you do!
Love it! What is nice about it is not only did you recycle something, but when you either tire of it, or it’s outlived it’s usefulness, you can recycle parts of it yet again.
I totally agree with this comment, Flo! Jillian, you are so awesome at giving items a rebirth!
Love the home refashions!!!!
Your refashioned ottoman is just as adorable as your refashioned garments. Bravo, chica! It looks like you are enjoying nesting in your new digs. 🙂
Cute! It goes together too, very eclectic and unique and you. I wish more people had style savvy and courage with their decor because, nice or not, far too often one place looks just like the next. I prefer to see it turned into a home reflecting the personality of its inhabitant/s.
Is it wrong of me that I’m now picturing your floor painted in a creme or robin’s egg blue or something? Not that it needs it, but I’m picturing it and kind of like it with all your stuff. However, that would be me and not necessarily you. Take it as a compliment I’m inspired into imaging taking it over.
Love it. And I am digging the art above the couch… I also have a sneaking suspicion it’s art of YOU! XD So fancy.
Hehehe…It IS me! It was painted by an artist I used to date many many many moons ago. 😉
Love it! You are so creative and inventive!
Love the idea and the color! I especially love Douglas in the photos.
very cute! i love a project that uses old items in fresh ways.
I’d say, “mission accomplished,” and then some. Love that image of Douglas, btw. Aren’t most dachshunds divas, more or less? He can’t help it that he has star quality. He looks gorgeous on celadon!
I just read your entire blog and have been thoroughly enjoying it. You are so creative and inspiring! Thank you!