I’m feeling a little proud of me. We finally ditched the granny styled ottoman we’ve had for several years, and created a funky old trunk and bean sack ottoman that is much more… funky! And this creation couldn’t have been simpler.
Let’s build it!
Adding wheels to the trunk
This cool old relic of a trunk was scooped up from Granny and Grumpa’s not that long ago. And I had been using the trunk as a coffee table on the patio. But with fall approaching, I wanted it to work inside instead. No rest for cool junk in these parts!
Four small chunks of 2×4’s and 4 caster wheels is all you need.
And screws. And a cordless drill. And some trial and error because I messed up a few times figuring this out so you don’t have to.
1. Screw a chunk of wood into all four corners INSIDE the trunk. One screw for now because these won’t be staying.
The board by the drill went underneath the trunk so I didn’t screw the works into the patio floor. I did not mess up there!
2. Flip the trunk over, and screw on the blocks of wood from the outside. Then remove the interior screw.
3. Drill a hole from the outside into the block of wood inside. This is for the wheel arm.
See that screw sticking out? That’s why you need to remove the interior screw.
4. Repeat with all four wheels.
By golly it worked! You now have a trunk on wheels!
I just made this method up because it seemed somewhat logical. If there’s a better way to do this, chime in because I’d love to know how!
The burlap coffee sack pillow
1. Find a coffee bean sack you love, and a pillow you can do without.
Tip: A pillow that puffs up easily is best so it doesn’t always look squished.
2. Wrap the pillow with the sack on one side, then the other, until the pillow is completely covered.
3. Put kittens to work, holding the folds down until you can attach snaps and ties. Good girl!
4. Create rustic ties with heavy twine. You’ll need 6 per each side of pillow.
5. Tie a knot in the centre of each.
6. Hand stitch the knots onto the sack edges, 3 along the top and 3 along the bottom, and position so they can tie together from above and below.
The centre is tied.
The ties will make messy but funky cool looking knots!
7. Hand stitch snaps along the folded area. And your pillowcase is complete!
8. Be amazed that I found a needle and thread in this house. It was no small feat. And I silently whined the entire time I did the stitching. I’m sure that didn’t help one bit but it is what it is. Sewing is a slllooowww methodical process and I’d rather pound in a nail and hang something up QUICK like.
The Peanut Gallery Design Department gave the coziness a test run. Funny how you never have to ask this team for any help. They just GET it.
And then Lake. Good to go guys? Awesome! Just don’t crinkle the burlap, ok? Not until after the pics!
The funky old trunk and bean sack ottoman is cool! But it crinkled.
But it’s broken in now so now I won’t worry about it crinkling cuz it already happened. Kinda like getting a dent in your truck. (hypothetical of course…)
Love how the surface can work as a coffee table or for your feet. And it’s actually wide enough for two people.
And two cats… crinkle #87, coming right up!