Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Recycle a Sonotube. Make a Stool!

Using a recycled sonotube to make a stool!

A while back, I made a Wine Rack From a Sonotube.

  But of course you can't buy just enough Sonotube, you have to buy the whole piece which was like a hundred feet long in Metric, but in Imperial, I think that measures twelve feet.

  My answer for the excess was to make Recycle Bins..    I made two.  One for metal cans and the other was for bottle depot cans and milk jugs.

  The metal can recycle would never fill up and the bottle recycle bin would be overflowing. So I repurposed the metal can bin into a stool.

 I spied on Pinterest, a lovely ottoman, which led me to where I found a whopping price tag...$1729.89 CAD  Yikes!!!
 Plus they don't deliver that item to Canada....such a shame....

The piece is from The MacKenzie Childs Collection at Sacs Fifth


From the workshop of the Feral Turtle.....not so gorgeous.

I made this stool back in September, but I was never totally happy with it.  Although I had all the supplies I needed, right there, in my craft room, it was never "The Feral Turtle Child," that I had pictured in my mind.  My goal was to make it whimsical like the inspiration stool.
 So the first one we will call "The Practice Run".

I cut the tube to 14 inches.  With the casters and foam added, this would give me the chair height needed for my vanity stool.

I cut the top and bottom from melamine that was used to build our  Concrete Vanity.

I also cut three 2x2s to 12 1/2 inches for inside braces.

The bottom round went inside the tube.  It was a nice tight fit.

 I placed the 2x2s inside and screwed them to the inside of the tube.

The top was inserted and a screw was attached to each of the 2x2s from the top and the bottom.

And now, ready for upholstery.
Batting was wrapped and stapled around the exterior of the form.

I cut a foam round from a recycled couch cushion with my trusty "Foam Eater", an electric knife.

I measured my fabric pieces and cut,

and then sewed some welting  a.k.a. piping, for the edge.

All the pieces were sewn together!

At this point I get an F.  I should have clipped my seam around the circle to relieve the curve.  I didn't do this on "The Practice Run" ottoman, which caused it to pucker.

I covered my foam seat with recycled batting from our old couch.  Spray adhesive was used to keep it from sliding around on the foam.


The fabric was pulled over the top and then secured at the bottom using staples.

 I was able to use some casters that I salvaged from somewhere???

I divided my stool into four equal spaces using string.
I divided each length of string  into the closest I could get to 8" spacing.  It worked out to 7 1/2" spacing; thus creating an equal distance between each tack around the stool.  Using chalk, I marked every 7 1/2 inches around each string line and nailed tacks to each point.   The middle string line was staggered to mimic a diamond pattern.    I attached the ribbon in a diamond pattern.

Not as pretty as my inspiration piece, but free!!
 "The Practice Run"

My hunt for the perfect fabric, at a reasonable price, had ended.
 I was able to purchase both fabrics from the clearance section, and the trim at half price!
 My cost for "The Feral Turtle Child" was about $12.00.
I followed the same steps as above for most of this stool except  I added fabric covered buttons and skipped the ribbon.  Instead of casters, I decided to upcycle some old furniture legs.  The top piece of wood was cut from leftover melamine, and the bottom piece was a cupboard door from the old kitchen.  The foam was recycled from our old couch.

I secured the batting to the top piece so it wouldn't slide down when I pulled  the cover into place.  The side of the foam and Sonotube were batted in one piece versus the two pieces I used on "The Practice Run".

Stapled neatly to the bottom, just as I did the first stool.

No puckering!  Just from snipping the seam around the circle.

Made eighteen fabric covered buttons.

I hammered upholstery tacks in an evenly spaced staggered pattern and hot glued my buttons over top of the tacks. 

Legs were base coated in white.
and finished in a checkerboard pattern.  

I drilled holes the depth and an exact diameter of the nuts to ensure a snug fit.

Mixed up a two part epoxy and

added the epoxy to the hole.  A bolt was inserted into the nut so that it could he hammered safely into the proper position.

Nuts were left to cure in the epoxied hole.

As soon as the epoxy was cured, the legs were screwed on.....

and my $12.00 stool is born!


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  1. Sweet! The new pattern and color are great!
    What a nice piece for any room,

  2. What a smart idea to reuse the tubing ! I love the fabric and how you painted the legs. Great transformation!

  3. This is an awesome idea. Great job. So creative. I am hosting a link party and would love it if you would link up.

  4. What a great idea! That turned out so cute too. I am about to do a cube stool using some velvet like fabric and jewel buttons. Yours turned out so great that I might have to try one like yours too. Great job.

  5. This is aaawwweeesssooommmeee Karen! It is a pretty piece. You did a great job and yeah what a great idea out of sonotube.

  6. Just Amaaaaazing!! Love it. Karen (my name is Karen) too..

  7. I love Love LOVE it! Those legs are so cute, the whole stool is the cutest thing I've seen in a looong time! Your tutorial is wonderful. So many times it happens just like that, the first try is a learning experience!

  8. You did a fantastic job! I would've never known it was "home made"

  9. You did a great job! Thanks for stopping by at Crafty Thursday Obsessions on Glued To My Crafts. Just returned the follow

    Happy Valentine's Day!

  10. That's fabulous, I love it! Just swinging by from Katherine's Corner link party to say "hi." Glad I did, your second go round is so cute!

  11. I love it! You did such and awesome job with repurposed items! Maybe you could make them and sell them for $1700 and give the other company a run for their money? ;)

  12. What a FUN fun wine rack. This post makes me wish I was more crafty. :(

  13. You did SUCH and awesome job on that! And you thought of every detail, right down to the checkered legs! I think it looks fantastic, and no one would ever guess it's a $12 ottoman!

  14. This is amazing!! Pinning it because I have a huge need for two of these in my living room. Love how you did the legs, a detail that makes this piece.

  15. What a great post! I'd love for you to share this or any of your great ideas at the link party going on now (and every Saturday through Tuesday) at 'Or so she says ...' Hope to see you there!

  16. A lovely idea and a gorgeous end result. I don't think I would tackle anything so complex but hats off to you. You saved yourself a lot of money there :)

    Thanks for linking up!

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

  17. Very nice, it looks fantastic!

    Thank you for linking up to Raising Imperfection!
    Make sure to check back on Friday to see if you were featured.

  18. I've seen the recycle bins before and I love the wine rack! Very clever!

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. :)

    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo

  19. what a wonderful upcycle project . I love the retro feel of the black and white!! Sorry I'm late getting here...thank you for adding your wonderful blog to the Thursday Favorite Things hop. xo

  20. Gorgeous!!! And when were you coming to my house to redo stuff?

  21. This is awesome! Looks better than the inspiration piece! Great job with all of the projects you made from that tube :)

  22. The first one you made looked very nice, but the second is definitely a "WOW!" Great job!

  23. WOW!!! You have the gift! I think both are gorgeous but #2 looks like it could be right next to the one you found on Pinterest ! The wine rack is lovely, too! Very cool ideas! Thank you so much for sharing and linking up! :)

  24. Hi! Your Sonotube Stool has been featured on Crafty Thursday Obsessions. Make sure you stop by and grab a featured button. Thank you so much for sharing!

  25. Oh My Goodness! What an amazing project! You are so talented...that stool is fabulous! I love the fabric and the colour scheme that you chose! Fabulous! Have a lovely week! Angie xo

  26. Your first attempt was Great, but oh my, the second stool is stunning! Gorgeous! I'm sure you must have taken the time to pat yourself on the back a few times, you deserve it!

  27. FABULOUS!!!!!!! I am amazed!!! Thanks for sharing...sending hugs!

  28. I am so impressed. Your ottoman is genius and gorgeous. The piping, the covered buttons and those adorable legs just put it over the top! I liked seeing how you did it, especially when you got to attaching the legs. That's where things can get tricky. This is just too cute. Bravo!
    Liz @ Quirky Vistas

  29. What a creative idea! Your ottoman is beautiful! Great inspiration. Following you now.

  30. This is amazing! I love what you've done, and awwww, such a shame Saks Fifth Avenue doesn't deliver to Canada ;-)

  31. That's so awesome, $12 unreal!! So clever!

  32. Oh my gosh, you are amazing. Now go get some wine!!

  33. Wow! Love it! love the details and the checker board legs really make it unique. Amazing job!

  34. Fantastic project! I would love to make this! You did an excellent job. Thanks for sharing

  35. Awesome story & stool! Thanks for linking up to my Linky Party!

  36. I was MEANT to see this post today! yesterday I was in Target and saw something similar and thought, I wonder if I could make that? And here you did! I love it. Thanks for showing us how to do it! Sharon

  37. OMG what a great tutorial and WOW you are one clever woman. You've created some amazing items here and truly inspired me! Thanks for sharing at March Madness!

  38. Hi Karen,

    Thank you so much for joining Pin It Monday Hop#2 Where you pin and get pinned (LINK). Please come back on Sunday at 5pm (CST)for our Pin It Monday Hop#3. Watch out for my 10 features soon. Pinned this to our Pin Board for re-pinning.

  39. This was completely awesome! Great work. Jen @ PinKWhen


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