Back when I was single with two cats I bought this nice storage ottoman. Then my cats sharpened their claws on their leather top. So recently I replaced the leather with fabric. Then my new puppy chewed the side of it. Yikes. To top it off, my kids dropped food regularly in it so the lining wasn’t doing really great either.
For the record, this ottoman has inspired a couple of posts including reupholstering your ottoman and a post I wrote on repairing leather. The problem with the reupholstered version was that my kids like to eat snacks on it and fabric is harder to keep clean with kids and pets.
It was time…
…time to throw it away?
No. Time to refinish the whole thing because *meh* to buying new furniture when I still have a puppy and two toddlers.
And I love it. Even better, the kids love it. They spend HOURS playing with the legos at the ottoman. It is attractive and doesn’t look like a toy box which is even more awesome- and I can flip the lego side down to use the other side as a coffee table if I’ve got adults coming over.
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We cut a thin lightweight wood to the right size for the sides- we used a $13 utility panel. My husband used his nail gun to attach it.
Here’s a tutorial on distressing furniture: Drab to Dreamy Lego Desk, How to Distress Furniture.
I measured 2.5″ to wrap around the lip that was inside the chest. Bottom was 24.5 x 21.5″, two sides were 6 x 24.5″ and 2 sides were 6 x 21.5″.
Cuts of fabric were (2) 25 x 22″, (4) 9 x 25″, (4) 9 x 22″.
What I did was sew my side pieces right sides together, then sewed the two ends together- this creates a big circle of fabric. I pinned that, right sides together, to the bottom fabric.
Then I sewed around it all.
Once I made my liner, I just used my staple gun to put it into the toy chest.
For the top of one side, I added a Lego plate. You just take the Lego plate, use some Gorilla glue for the back, and plop it down where you want it. I centered mine. There are lots of fun ideas to do with the tops of this- I’ll probably add on some at a later time.
Here it is completed. I didn’t take a picture with the lego side flipped over, but if you flip it, it looks like a regular coffee table. My kids use this lego side every. single. day. though so the other side doesn’t ever see the light.