IKEA LACK HACK OTTOMAN

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Little ottomans are all the rage.  They are perfect under entryway tables, at the end of beds, under your feet, tucked under a coffee table, and under your bum.  What I’m trying to say is:  if you don’t have little ottomans, you need to jump sit on it.

If you feel like spending $100 and up for exactly what you want.  Do it.  Here are some options for you:

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This ottoman is from NoniKids for $295

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This is on sale from Overstock.com for $167.39

OR- Make one yourself like the real bamf you are.

I decided I needed two to sit right in front of my fire place, to function as extra seating without blocking the visual of the fireplace.  Also, easy to move if we ever decide to have a working fire place.

These Ikea LACK side tables are only $7.99

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I really like “X leg” ottomans, but beggars can’t be choosy.  And I’m as beggary as they come.  (Find plans to build an X leg ottoman from scratch here!)  My plan:  Upholster the top, and bling the legs.  On a scale from 1 to easy, this project was a Lindsey Lohan.

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I had left over foam from my no-sew nook cushion, so I decided said leftovers would be perfect cushions for the LACK ottomans.  For me, the foam was free.  If you plan on doing this, the fabric store sells pre-cut squares of foam for not very much money.  I used an electric turkey carver to slice my foam.  It’s fun.  I would be perfectly content being a full time foam cutter if it meant using an electric turkey knife.

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Then I turned my sassy (but subtle) fabric upside down, and lined up the foam perfectly with the pattern.  I wasn’t in the mood to deal with wonky alignment.  (Is anyone ever?)  Then I put the LACK top right on the foam.  I didn’t use a layer of batting.  I didn’t want to.  And it turned out just perfect.   (I bought 2 yards of fabric to be safe.  It was on sale for $20/yd, plus my 50% off cupe.  $10 per ottoman.  Not bad.)

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From this point, it’s basic as can be.  Using my favorite non-power tool, my heavy duty staple gun, I stapled away.   Make sure you leave room by each corner for the screws. This is important to the leg-attaching step.

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If bling isn’t your thing, then you are done!  Put on your legs and sit.  I like the way that sounds.  But if you want a little extra something, you can follow my lead and add some nail-head trim.  I discovered this great product during my thrift store Restoration Hardware knock off chair makeover.

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I would have had these ottomans done in one evening, but I ran out of nailhead trim.  I bought 2 rolls and got 6/8 legs done.  To make it worse, the entire Salt Lake valley was sold out of nailhead trim in “Nickle” color.  What d-bags.  Don’t they know we live in Craft Lake City??  The least they can do is stock my supplies.  I had to wait for JoAnn to get a shipment in.  It was lame.  I don’t like to wait.  (I may or may not have paid for overnight shipping on my Young House Love book.  And you should too!  Speaking of the YHL book… there are 3 great LACK HACKS found within.  Totally creative!  I would have nevvvvvvvvver thought of those ideas.  Order your book and check it out!)

Once I got those last 2 legs on, I did a happy dance sit.

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While we are on the subject of Lack-hacking and nailhead trim… I LOVE this foxy Lack Hack.  It’s resplendent.

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You feeling jazzed to go commit your own IKEA hack?  Or have you already hacked something?  Tell me!
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