Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Because you ottoman

It was ugly and poop brown, but it was free on Freecycle.  It had potential and I knew I could make something really cute out of it.

I started by taking it apart.  I took all the staples out of fabric and found the foam was still in good shape.

The drawer was out of alignment so I popped it back in place and added some glue to keep it there.

Once the glue was dry I took everything out to the yard and spray painted it white. I used an all in one spray and did 2 coats.  Since both the boys were sleeping when I did this I didn't get any pictures of this step.

Next I took the brown fabric and laid it out on top of my new fabric.  The brown fabric had 3 pieces but my fabric was wide enough to just cut the shape in one piece.

I sewed up the corners and put it on top of the foam piece.  Then I stapled the underside of the fabric to the ottoman.  This was a 2 person job, I held the fabric while Ben did the staples so again I have no pictures of this step.

I took the top and glued it back on the base so it didn't slide around.  Gorilla glue is great for this.

I love how it looks now.  Fun and bright.  I also love the fabric. It's perfectly tacky but ads the right amount of color.  

If I knew I could sell these things I'd keep refinishing furniture, but we're running out of room for things.  Which really sucks because I saw a great gossip bench at Goodwill that I really wanted to fix up.


Lea said...

LOVE it!!!!

teawithfrodo said...

I'll finally have a place to put it when we move. 

TheAngelForever said...

Love it! The fabric is perfect with the white to add a splash of fun to things. Man I wish you were here to help me figure out our dining room chair issue ;)

teawithfrodo said...

We're planning to come out once more before we go to Memphis so I can probably help you then :)

Heather Jacobsen said...

awesome transformation! i would have left that thing behind, even with it being free. i envy your skills. :)

teawithfrodo said...

Thanks.  I figured it was free so I had nothing left to lose. Sometimes it's just fun to play around and make ugly furniture cute and useable again.