June 21, 2011

Ottoman Makeover






Here's a ottoman I recovered last week. When I found it, the legs were cracked and discolored. Unfortunately, I didn't take a true "before" pic, because I decided to knock out the stained portion while up at my in-laws. They have a garage, while I only have a condo. 

Recovering an ottoman is simple and easy. You'll love how fast the little piece can be transformed! 

  1. STAIN: I decided the legs would look best stained dark because of the chrome feet. So I used some I got on clearance. Ragged it on and wiped it off.
  2. STRIP: That takes us to the next potion- the silk fabric was all discolored. Initially, there may have been only a small stain- which someone may have impatiently used some Resolve Carpet Cleaner on, which was sadly with her at her in-laws. Yeah, it didn't work. No matter, it needed to be updated anyhow. It was easy enough, just a few screws held the base to the top. Rip off/remove the black backing hiding 30,000 staples. I also pulled out the tufting at this stage. I like tufting- as you can see here for my dropcloth ottoman makeover- but I thought this one would feel too "stuffy".
  3. WRAP: I seem to gravitate towards geometric patterns. But this was a lot easier to work with than stripes were on the headboard I covered. It's simpler to keep everything lined up when the object is small enough to manipulate and move around. I grabbed this fabric from JoAnn's ~ it's a Waverly print.  got it for 50% off-so 10 bucks a yard. If you've never reupholstered an ottoman, it's very easy.
(a) Lay the fabric, good side down, on the floor.
(b) Lay the fabric, good side down, on the floor.
(b) Lay the cushion on top of it and line up the fabric.
(c) Staple one side, then the opposite side, pulling fabric taut but keeping pattern lined up.
(d) Then do the same to the opposite two sides

(e) Pull the corners down and staple them once you like how you've folded them. It's like wrapping a foam and fabric present-umm, with staples.



Thanks for stopping by! What fun patterns are you using in your home? Have you redone an ottoman lately?
Update:  Check this out! I was featured on About.com in an article and "Color and Pattern"!! Make sure to check out these other AWESOME sites that featured my makeover!
Hope you like the "after"! Now if I could just learn to sew I could tackle my other ottomans.

72 comments:

  1. I love the new fabric! I really want to find a great bench/ottoman like this for our bedroom to put at the foot of our bed. Looks like I need to start hunting harder! Congrats on a great job!

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  2. Wow, I am jealous! What a beautiful job you did! I'm a new follower from a blog hop. Love your blog!

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  3. Great choice of fabric! So bright and beautiful!

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  4. You did a great job on the ottoman! The fabric you chose is so fun!

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  5. What a makeover! Your ottoman looks fabulous, and the fabric you recovered it with is awesome! Great work! Jen @ www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com, I'd love for you to pop by and visit my blog sometime!

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  6. What a great makeover! I love that fabric...makes me want to go browse around the fabric store:)

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  7. Great job on the ottoman!...and let me just add this is a picture perfect setting! I love the wreath!!...I LOVE the blue lamp stand...and the initial is perfect!! Thanks for sharing this!! :)

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  8. This looks awesome! I absolutely love the fabric you chose, and you did such a good job! I love all of your decor- the lamp, the wreath, the letter- it all looks great together! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  9. Love how it turned out...that fabric is gorgeous! I am in the middle of recovering some dining room chairs and it is such an easy project with a big impact. Visiting from Whipperberry's linky party! :)

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  10. It turned out amazing! I love the fabric you picked.

    Visiting from I Heart Naptime

    -Kelsey

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  11. Great space, great ottoman well done. winks-jen

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  12. OOHH!! I love the fabric, the ottoman, an the fab display around it. I basically love it all.

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  13. That's a great re-do of the ottoman! Love the fabric, and well done on getting it so straight and even!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  14. Beautiful job on the ottoman. I love the fabric you chose. Great job! I'm a new follower!

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  15. The color in the fabric compliments the lamp perfectly. Nicely done.

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  16. You've done a fantastic job with the ottoman. It looks professionally done.

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  17. Gorgeous! Love, love, love the fabric and the chrome on the feet. The whole set up is perfect! I still have the zink look-a-like letter on my to do list :D

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  18. Loved your post so much I featured you this week at my Weekly Link Party

    Feel free to stop by and grab a button!!

    xoxo
    Allison @ House of Hepworths

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  19. It looks great! Love the fabric! I recently redid an ottoman as well- fast and east project, always the best! Thanks for linking it up too!

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  20. Love it!! It looks super awesome! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

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  21. Great choice of fabric and the revamp is spectacular1 very inspirational

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  22. Your fabric is darling!!! And well done...such a cute project!

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  23. that fabric is gorgeous! You did a great job recovering it. Looks perfect under your table

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  24. Love this! I "pinned" you! http://pinterest.com/pin/53439416/

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  25. Great redo! Love the fabric!
    Thank you so much for linking it up to {nifty thrifty sunday} last week as well!
    xoxo,
    Vanessa

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  26. That looks fantastic and I love the fabric choice! The entire grouping is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing it at Inspiration Friday this week!
    Vanessa

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  27. Hi there- I love the re-do. I especially like where you've placed it, out of the way, but handy.
    -Lovely Light

    http://withoutcomplexities.blogspot.com

    I hope you had a great weekend!

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  28. SOOO Cute! I have a little blog party called Simply Creative over at 365days2simplicity.blogspot.com. I'd love it if you linked this project up!!

    Angela

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  29. That looks really good, great job, Karima x
    www.karimascrafts.com

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  30. Thanks for partying with me this week over at 365 days 2 simplicity's Simply Creative blog party. I can't wait to see what you come up with next!

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  31. Such a fabulous re-do! I agree, the geometric print is darling. I love that fabric!

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  32. Very nice! I'm searching for an ottoman to recover. You did a great job on yours!

    Pam

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  33. I love this whole space. Great job on the ottoman!

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  34. Cool fabric! Thank you for sharing with air your laundry Friday! xo Jami

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  35. Hi, Becca! I'm the Guide to Budget Decorating at About.com, and I absolutely love your ottoman redo. I'd love to feature your project on my site. Please contact me at budgetdecorating.guide@about.com. Much thanks!

    Tonya Lee
    About.com Guide to Budget Decorating
    http://www.budgetdecorating.about.com
    About.com is a New York Times Company

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  36. Wow, awesome job!! I absolutely love the fabric, how fun!

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  37. Great fabric choice and upholstery job. The whole vignette looks fabulous!

    Thanks again for linking to Potpourri Friday! Hope you make this a weekly stop! I appreciate your participation!

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  38. I LOVE the ottoman! It is just gorgeous! And of course the table scape is awesome too! Love the wreath over the mirror!

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  39. I LOVE your fabric choice...just Pinned it on Pinterest. ;) The lamp is pretty awesome too! Visiting from Home Stories A to Z...hope you'll stop by my blog too. :)

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  40. Love the bench! Your table decor looks so cute with it :)

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  41. Great transformation! Love the new fabric! I am now your newest follower, via the Creative Bloggers' Hop. I hope you will follow me, too! Blessings to you!

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  42. Great job and fabulous fabric! I love little stools and ottomans. They add so much character yet take up so little space :)

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  43. This is so pretty Becca. I love the fabric you used. It really updated the piece. The stained legs were the way to go. Looks great!

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  44. Looks so modern! I have only done one repulstering job and it's hard, so my hat is off to your great work!!!

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  45. What a difference is little fabric and stain make!! Great job and congrats on the about.com mention!

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  46. I really need to recover an ottoman taking up space in my guest room. Mine is a little more complicated, though. It has a top that opens with storage inside. Ever tackle one of those? Love this one!

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  47. I am featuring this on my blog tonight! You were the most viewed link : )

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  48. This gives me ideas!

    www.thezkids.blogspot.com

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  49. It's gorgeous! Love the fabric you chose and it looks so pretty on display! ;) Great job!

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  50. The colors and the B look like they could go right in our house!

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  51. Your ottoman looks fantastic. I love the contrast of the bright fabric with the dark stained wood legs.

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  52. The fabric is perfect~ The ottoman fits perfectly under your table:)

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  53. Love this - the fabric you chose is great! BTW, we have the same table in our entry and the same letter "B" too. :-)

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  54. Love that fabric! That would look perfect on a chair that I'm reupholstering at the moment. Great job! I'm your newest follower. I'd love it if you'd share this at my Saturday Splendour Party at www.megandmums.com :)

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  55. This looks amazing! I love your fabric choice! I'm redoing a chair and cannot wait to see the outcome!

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  56. That looks FABulous! Great fabric choice and colors! Thanks for linking up at Shine on Fridays, girl!

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  57. I love the geometric pattern! This turned out awesome :)

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  58. Great redo! I love the fabric choice. I also like how short the legs are. Its hard to find an ottoman this size!

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  59. That fabric takes my breath away. It's fantastic! Great jog!

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  60. Love the ottoman! In fact, I was looking at that exact fabric for some curtains in my office!!

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  61. I love this and wanted to let you know I've featured it today! Come check it out and grab an "I Was Stuffed" button!

    http://www.thegunnysack.com/2012/03/who-was-stuffed-in-gunny-sack-week-29.html

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  62. i love the colors! i also love that the accessories tie into it. great job, becca!

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  63. This looks great and I particularly love the fabric you've chosen - it's so bright and cheerful! Don't you love simple jobs like this that make such a big impact! xx

    Anna (My Design Ethos)

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  64. From the fabric to the lamp to the big B - love everything about this!

    Seems like a pretty simple reupholestery project - I've never done one - maybe I could even do this!!

    Kelly

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  65. Great job! What a great way to bring a piece back to life. Isn't it fun to do a project like this one? :)

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  66. The fabric drew me in. Loved getting a look at your process. Thanks for sharing it. I found your post at I should Be Mopping the Floor.
    Liz

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