You may recall this galvanized tub from my Summer Lobster Boil post. It looked so much prettier than a cooler to hold beverages in...
I am OBSESSED with this ottoman. I absolutely love it and wanted to do something a little more permanent with it where I could enjoy it more than just when we have guests over for a cookout. I REALLY needed an ottoman for our deck. I saw one at Target a while back that I liked and waited too long for it to go on sale...because when it did, it was g-o-n-e. So, why not turn the galvanized tub into an ottoman? AND..the best part is the top lifts off and I can still use it to hold beverages when needed!
This is how the transformation took place...
First, I laid the tub out upside down on some pressure treated plywood and traced it around so I knew where to cut.
Now, a Jigsaw would have been the ideal tool for the job...but hubby was away and I couldn't find the blades for his. So I improvised using his Sawzall. It was tricky, but it got the job done. When I cut the plywood, I cut inside the line by about a half inch so it would fit nicely into the top of the tub.
At my local craft store, I picked up a piece of 22"x22" 2" thick foam, button covers, and a yard of this gorgeous Waverly Sun Shade outdoor fabric. I cut the foam round to fit on top of the now cut plywood, draped the fabric over it, found my center and sewed on the button now covered with a snippet of the fabric. Next, using a staple gun, I pulled the fabric taut over the foam and stapled it along the underside of the plywood.
I love the way it turned out! : )