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Monday, September 23, 2013

DIY Upholstered Ottoman BEFORE & AFTER


A few months back, we were in search of a HUGE coffee table (4 ft x 4 ft). I couldn't find any that didn't cost an arm and a leg. So Josh and I (with kids in tote) went to this consignment store downtown... low and behold we stumbled upon this beauty for about $150!

It was exactly 4 ft. x 4 ft... luck was definitely on our side that day!

Sometimes, I start on projects that are a little over my head. This ottoman project was one of them. Initially I wanted to put a zinc top on it, but than realized that would be dangerous with two littles running around. So my next option...upholstery. 

I love upholstered ottomans for two reasons:
1. Its soft so I don't have to worry about that dreaded feeling of "don't fall and smack your head on the corner!"
2. They add warmth to a space.


With lots of sanding, and a paint job gone wrong...than more sanding... it finally came together! 

I sanded it down to the bones...and decided to paint the legs white 
(I didn't sand the top b/c it was going to be covered with fabric...)
 I HATED the way the white looked. So I had to re-sand the entire thing again. 
***I may or may not have said a few choice words ha.
After it was all sanded down, I sent it in to an upholsterer where 
I had them tuft the top with fabric I had bought at a discount fabric shop.
Then, my cute hubby and mom stained the bottom half with a dark maple color 
to match my side table and bookshelves.
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5 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! I want to get a belt sander so badly because I have more than a few DIYs I've been wanting to do. The upholstery looks fabulous & SO comfortable.

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    1. Thanks Julie...it really is comfy. My two year old thinks its her own personal couch ha

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  2. Where did you get this upholstered? It looks amazing!

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    1. We used a place called "home trends" who sent it out to one of their upholsterers.

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