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Styrofoam Cooler Ottoman

If I told you that Richella from Imparting Grace was using this as an ottoman:

I am sure you would not be very impressed. Probably doesn't match the decor of your house, right? But wait until I show you what she did to it:

She covered a styrofoam cooler with foam and then upholstered it!! Added some inexpensive feet from Home Depot and voila!

I can honestly say I would have NEVER thought to do that!


Mommys Online Garage Sale said...

OMG I have 2 of those that we never used when we went camping over the 4th of July.

I have foam and fabric, going to Goodwill this morning I'll have to look for feet.

I love your Blog!!

mommaruthsays said...

I love the idea -- but is a styrofoam bucket really sturdy enough? My ideal ottoman is tough enough to put drinks on, books on, prop your feet up on & even use as extra seating when need be.

Cute idea - just not very practical for me until I get a little more space for extra furniture!

Amy said...

Wow, that's brilliant! I wonder if there is a way to make it so it is still openable, so you could use the inside for storage, for like TV remotes and stuff...?

christa said...

This is amazing- we really need an ottoman, and we could actually afford this, plus I could do any fabric I want!! Thank you, thank you, for the idea!!

Dina said...

but how do you keep it from SQUEAKING??? I hate that sound! LOL

Lorie said...

Amy, she actually filled hers with old magazines before she covered it to give it some more weight.

As for the got me! ;D

Lorie said...

mommaruth - I don't know if it is sturdy enough to sit on. I think her styrofoam cooler was a pretty thick one from Omaha Steaks (used for shipping meat) so it was a lot sturdier. But you could probably do the same thing by making a cube out of MDF and covering it with foam. It would work the same!!

Joan@anythinggoeshere said...

That is truly something from nothing. One very smart and inventive girl. Women can get what they want when they want it...and at a good price.