Thursday, April 4, 2013

Upholster an Ottoman with Fabric Swatches

Before I start I have one question for you.  Do squirrels attack people?  The reason I ask is I walked out of my workshop earlier today and ran smack dab into a squirrel about a foot from my face.  We were eye to eye and for a split second I thought, is he gonna kill me? but no he ran away.  He's actually been around for quite awhile I have just never gotten quite that close to him.  

So anyways, the ottoman redo.  (you are thinking it's a stool aren't you)  It's actually a really short stool but I plan to use it as an ottoman.  I found it at the local thrift store for $1.99.  I just couldn't pass it up.  It's just so cute.  I am in need of a small ottoman so I am keeping it for myself. 

I have a couple projects going right now and while I waited for wood filler to dry on one and paint on the other I decided to give this thing a new look.  First I removed the orange vinyl and replaced the foam with a small piece out of my stash.  Then I covered that with batting.    

I painted it with two coats Old White ASCP.  Once dry I distressed it with a wet rag then sealed with clear wax.  

While looking through my fabric stash I found a book of fabric swatches that I picked up about a year ago for a few bucks.  It's a discontinued sample book.   All the fabrics were so pretty I figured I'd do something with them eventually.  

I chose four that I liked the best and sewed them together to form a square like you would a little quilt.  

Then I just wrapped the square around the top and stapled it to the bottom.  Isn't that funny it says not for sale.  I swear it had a price tag on it.  You can see it in the before picture.  

I thought about adding a button to the middle but decided I like it just as it is.  I'm using it in my living room but it's so dreary out today the dining room was the only place with enough light to take a photo. 

So adorable.  It just makes me happy.  

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