An Australian interior decorator with more than 14 years of experience in the industry has shared how she transformed an old tyre into a stylish ottoman.
Zoe, from Perth, runs her own business The DIY Decorator and has more than 140,000 followers on Instagram, but shared the savvy home project to the Bunnings Mums Australia Facebook group.
‘Thought I’d share my up-cycle project with you ladies. I turned an old tyre in to an ottoman using a whole lot of rope and glue from Bunnings!’ she said.
She also shared a step-by-step video online and revealed the products she used that don’t exceed $20 each.
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‘In order for me to complete this project, I needed to use glues that were easy enough for me to work with, whilst also being strong enough to last the test of time for a piece which will be moved around and used a lot,’ Zoe said on Instagram.
The mother-of-two used multiple products from Gorilla Glue, including the clear epoxy glue, clear grip glue and super glue, which are available from Bunnings Warehouse and other leading hardware stores.
The home project took some time to complete as the tyre needed to be filled with expanding foam for added support and the cotton rope coiled over the tyre was done by hand.
Using clear epoxy glue, Zoe first attached a pre-cut circular piece of round ply wood onto one side of the tyre then filled the entire wheel with expanding foam.
She then used the clear grip glue to begin coiling cotton rope onto itself to act as the starting point for the ottoman’s new exterior.
Using super glue, she began to attached the small coil to the centre of the wooden piece of ply then applied wood glue to coil the rope around itself until the entire surface was covered.
‘I am so happy with how the up-cycled piece turned out and it was such a fun project to do in the comfort of my own home,’ she said.
To add another touch, she also finished the ottoman by wrapping a strip of Raffia Trim on the top edge.
The Facebook post received more than 1,600 ‘likes’ and other mums were very impressed with the home project.
‘Definitely thinking outside of the box. Well done,’ one woman said.
‘Wow what a great idea! Love it,’ another added, and a third said: ‘Wow!! Clever and creative.’
‘Looks fantastic I love it, but does the rubber smell?’ another said, and Zoe said the tyre doesn’t smell ‘at all’ because it’s old and worn.
Ottomans of similar size and design range in price but often cost a minimum of $100.
HOW TO MAKE AN OTTOMAN USING A TYRE
Supplies from Bunnings Warehouse:
Using Gorilla Glue clear epoxy, Zoe attached a pre-cut piece of round ply to one side of the Tyre
After filling the tyre with Parfix tiple expanding foam for added support, she again used epoxy to glue on the second board to enclose the tyre
Using Gorilla Glue Clear Grip glue, she began to coil the cotton rope and glue it together to make a starting point for the ottoman
Then using Gorilla Glue Super Glue, she attached the small coil to the centre of the top ply wood piece
Then she used the Gorilla Glue Wood Glue to coil the rope around itself until the entire tyre was covered
To add some interest, she finished the ottoman with a strip of raffia trim which she applied again using the Clear Grip glue