The Ottoman Remix

March 16, 2010

I found this beat up raggedy old ottoman at the DI last week, I didn't judge it by its harsh exterior but saw its true potential, it was a diamond in the rough if you will ;). Without further ado (insert drum roll please)!!

The Before:
{Barf right?}
The After!!!:
{Ahhhhhh...Awesome!}

Items I used to create this look are:

1. Of Course The Ottoman ;)
{ I found this at the DI (A local Utah thrift store) for $5.00!}

2. Sand paper in various roughness
{I found mine at Wal-Mart for $2.15 a pack, I decided to get one variety pack and one coarse pack for future projects.}

3. Grey Primer
{We had this around our house since we used it on a dresser we re-finished awhile ago, you can find this anywhere though I would opt for some in a spray can.}

4. Terra Cotta Paint
{I just used a acrylic craft paint for this, I found mine at Michael's 2/$1.}

5. High Gloss Varnish
{I purchased this at Robert's using a 40% off coupon so it ended up being $1.50.}

6. Sponge Brushes
{I purchase these in packs at the dollar store, which is great because I just toss them once I am finished!}

7. White Fleece
{I purchased this at Wal-Mart for $4.45 per yard, I purchased a yard but could have done with less than that, I guess better safe than sorry right?}

8. Printed Sheet
{I found this also at the DI and fell in love with the colors, I ended up buying two of them at $2.00 each since I figured I can for sure use it somewhere else too!}

TIP: Here is a great tip for you, buying sheets or sheet sets can often save you money when re-upholstering furniture. Look at thrift store selections you can often find some really cool vintage prints, (Just wash them in super hot water before use).

9. Various Tools
{For this project I ended up using a flat head screwdriver, staple gun, hammer, and scissors. If you don't have access to a staple gun you can always use a hammer and nails to secure fabric.}

Total Cost: $14.00!!!

How I did this you ask? Let me show you!

1. I removed the legs from the cushion so I could sand and paint them.

2. Then on to the sanding, I used a coarse sand paper and it got the job done really quick!

3. Primed the sanded legs.

4. Painted the primed legs with a Terra Cotta Orange paint.

5. After allowing several coats of paint to dry I added a high gloss varnish to the legs.

6. Then I recovered the cushion with white fleece so the stained pink wouldn't show through. You can also remove the top fabric all together but I just thought this would be easier.

7. I then covered the fleece covered cushion with the said purchased sheet.

8. Re-attached the dry legs to the bottom of the cushion.

9. Marveled at my work ;).


I think this turned out so so fun! I love the bright glossy orange legs, it gives the fabric a new spin! This cute ottoman will be headed to our office upstairs to go with a chair we received from hubby's Gma for our wedding. What do you guys think? How do you think it turned out? Are you in love like me?? Well I hope you enjoy and that you all are having a great Tuesday! Love, love.

I am linking up HERE:






70 comments :

  1. So loving this! what a great find!!!

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  2. Morgan this is so so cute I love it! I wish I could find things at the DI but I never can or I don't thing of things that I could do with it!

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  3. Holy cow! What a great ugly duckling story! You did a fantastic job! I love the new look!

    :)

    Roeshel

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  4. I love the fabric you went with!

    Also, love the "Barf, right?" So cute!

    Heather

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  5. you're stealing my thunder! i'm so about to reupholster my dining chairs. i guess it's kind of along the same lines... shh. it's supposed to be a surprise! you'll see it on my blog shortly (within the next month maybe) yeah... i don't have as much energy as you i don't think!

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  6. So freakin cute Morgan. I'm so envious of that sheet you found!! What a gem. Centerville right?? ;)I hope you WILL be my blogging BFF!

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  7. This turned out so pretty! I love the fabric. I'm glad I stumbled on your blog!

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  8. Wow! you did a great job! The living room that gets to have that ottoman in it is one blessed living room!

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  9. I love it!! Wow you are so talented, you really are.

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  10. $5?????????? The legs on that piece alone are worth wayyyy more than that! What a great find! You did awesome on the makeover!

    Hey, stop by my painting blog and say hello sometime!

    Blessings, Jennifer

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  11. that is very pretty! I would love for you to link up to check me out saturdays www.iamonly1woman.blogspot.com

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  12. WOW! You did a fabulous job in renewing this piece! Awesome!

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  13. That is freaking amazing! I totally love the print on it and the red feet make me SO happy! Gorgeous!

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  14. I love it! What an amazing transormation. Looks great!

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  15. Wow! Very fun & funky!

    Also, thanks for your sweet comments about my blocks!! They are so addictive to make, I'm trying not to give them to everyone I know :)

    Have a great week!

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  16. Wow! Very fun & funky!

    Also, thanks for your sweet comments about my blocks!! They are so addictive to make, I'm trying not to give them to everyone I know :)

    Have a great week!

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  17. You're so creative! I absolutely love this! Do mine do mine!!

    Enter to win a women's Orient watch!

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  18. Great find, Morgan. You did a fabulous job! Love the cheery print and tutorial is great!

    Cheers!
    Tina

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  19. This turned out beautiful! I love DI finds, they make my day :) You did a great job!

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  20. SOOOOOO CUTE Mo!!! I'm am more than in love with it.

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  21. This turned out great--love the fabric. I have a similar ottoman waiting for a recover job.

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  22. That is super cute!!! It looks awesome and stylish!

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  23. I love it! Got the sheet at the di huh? Oh how I love that store!
    Great redo. Never would have thought to use fleece to cover the ugliness underneath! Genius! I must go and check out the rest of your blog! You are a local gal-us local gals must stick together!
    hey, if you get a minute, please stop by and say hello!
    PS-I love your header! So happy and cheery!

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  24. I forgot to ask- I have never used a clear varnish like what you used. Have you used it more than just on this project? How do you like it? Have you ever used it with spray paint?

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  25. I absolutely love what you did with this piece. It's bright, playful, yet not too wild. The painted legs and fabric look perfect together and make that stuffy queen Anne style look hip. (And you're just too cute in your sidebar picture!) Thanks for linking up to FFF.

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  26. I love what you did with this piece! Amazing!

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  27. That's an amazing trasformation. You did such a beautifl job. I love the fabric you chose.

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  28. Okay, this is a fabulous before and after - really amazing. I love the fabric and orange color you selected for the legs...very fun. Thanks for linking up to Be Inspired today - and when you get a chance can you please add a link back to the party. I am off to go check out some more great projects on your lovely blog!

    Chelsea

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  29. Your ottoman looks great. I love it!! And so great that you used a sheet. Awesome!

    Thanks so much for linking up to my party! I really appreciate it!

    XOXO
    Jen

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  30. Thank you for getting rid of the barf! It is so bright and fun now!!!

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  31. That turned out AMAZING! Nice job!

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  32. WOW what an improvement!! Great make-over!! That is a great tip about using sheets for upholstry. Have a great day!

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  33. That is sooooo stinkin cute! I don't know what I was expecting while scrolling through your before and after pics but when I saw the final pic I couldn't help but gasp! So cute! I love the color choice on the wood and that fabric is perfect! Great job.

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  34. I loooooooooooooooooooooooooove the red legs....love them...the shape and the color...

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  35. This turned out SO cute!! I love the fabric and how modern it all looks. What a great redo!! Thanks for sharing at Spring has Sprung at Fun to Craft.

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  36. WOW you did a seriously awesome job on this. I absolutely love it. Come stop by my Favorite Things Friday Party if you would like to join in!

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  37. Morg look at your number of comments!! Wow that's awesome. I'm number 37! I don't think I have ever commented on someone blog that has this many comments before. Love you new blog!!

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  38. I absolutely love it! The colors are vibrant and fun...ahh, it makes me want to kick me feet up and have a cup of coffee.

    Great stuff, I'm lovin' your blog!

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  39. Hi there! I'm visiting from Rachelle's at Fingerprints on the Fridge. Your ottoman is too fab, and I love the way you took step-by-step photos for the tutorial. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  40. This turned out great! I totally love it!

    Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday at Life as Lori. Please join me next week for another great party!

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  41. Virginia...I just featured you in my week-end feature She's Crafty!!! Love this ottoman. What a great week-end project idea!

    Jane
    Finding Fabulous

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  42. Love your new piece! I'm glad you put the high gloss on the legs...it makes them pop! Great job. Jules

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  43. That's fantastic! I'm so looking forward to the soon-to-be-here day when my husband and I get the electric stapler so I can start reupholstering everything!

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  44. Amazing transformation! I love everything about it. What a great piece of furniture you have now.

    Thanks for linking up to Make it Yours Day at My Backyard Eden!

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  45. Morgan, thanks for stopping by my MBS tutorial. Glad you liked it. I love your blog! I am so inspired by this ottoman redo. It turned out beautiful!!

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  46. That is fabulous, I hope you will post it to one of my parties.

    I would love to do a blog swap or have you come over and do a Thursday Tute.
    I will be following you and hope you will do the same.

    Cheri

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  47. Morgan,
    What an amazing transformation! You did a fabulous job! Thanks for showing how you did everything too!
    Have a fabulous day!

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  48. You did a great job on this!

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  49. Looks so much better and I can't believe the cost! Awesome.

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  50. I have featured your gorgeous ottoman on my blog. If you like,come by and grab my featured button at Veronica's Korner. http://veronicas-korner.blogspot.com/

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  51. This is incredible! And that is an understatement!

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  52. Omigosh, you have so many comments here already, I don't even know if you will see mine... but it's worth a shot!

    I have one of these from my grandparents house that I would love to recover - did you staple or otherwise attach the fleece to the old material in any way, so that it doesn't shift when you put your feet on it? I feel confident with all of the other steps, except that one.

    Thanks so much for your time,
    Dawn @ Wacky Whimsy

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  53. I am LOVING your site! You are so talented - I'm getting so much inspiration!

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  54. Great job! I was wondering how you did this. I am so glad you showed me. Now I want to go hunt for an ottoman and vintage sheets :) I am loving your site btw!

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  55. Looks awesome! I came here from Better After and now I'm staying to browse the archives. :)

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  56. WOW..Utah is cool. LOL Because I dont think I would ever find an ottoman of any kind for 5 bucks. Great Job

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  57. It turned out well - very nicely done.

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  58. What a cutie little ottoman/stool!!


    Hannah
    http://youngancrafty.blogspot.com/

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  59. I love this! I saw your tutorial on "Green Submarine" and I adore your idea! I mean what a great find, and so cheap! I will have to take advice from you and visit some thrift stores and second hand shops more for little treasures. My hubby and I are buying a new house and will need more furniture. But I love re purposing and reusing! Thanks for the inspiration, I am a new follower!

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  60. It turned out well - very nicely done.

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  61. I am LOVING your site! You are so talented - I'm getting so much inspiration!

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  62. This is incredible! And that is an understatement!

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  63. Looks so much better and I can't believe the cost! Awesome.

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  64. Wow! you did a great job! The living room that gets to have that ottoman in it is one blessed living room!

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  65. I love the fabric you went with!

    Also, love the "Barf, right?" So cute!

    Heather

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  66. Really late comment, but when I saw this I stopped and had a warm feeling come over me. My parents had those sheets when I was a child. I recently came across one of the pillow cases and wondered what I could use it for. I love the colors and reminds me of being a child. Ahh!

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