Thursday, July 9, 2009

Covering My Ottomans

I recently used the Nester's link to and checked out the Clearance specials. I decided I would only buy what was very very low priced and try to work with it. I was looking for upholstery material to cover two ottomans whose previous material had become so worn and uncleannable! Yes, I know that's not a word. Knowing what our life is like and that the "no eating in the living room rule" would be neglected, often out of my own laziness to enforce it, I knew dark material would be best. Is it my favorite? No, is it completely my style? No. I believe I'm pretty frugal, so I got what would go with our furniture and would be kid and mess friendly and would last. This is the same reason we got brown leather sofas. I got so tired of my fabric sofas always having stains and places to clean due to the little boys playing on them with chocolate or peanut being smeared on them. We were in a wholesale shop one day and we were able to buy the leather sofas that were on display--$100 off. It was deal we were more than happy to take.
OK, back to the ottomans.
  • It's a pretty simple procedure to put these on.
The small ottoman, you simply cover and pull the material tight and nail it in place. I tried my best to gather it in the right spots so that it looked right.

The large round ottoman--that's a round table. With the legs cut mostly off.
Then you place 5 inch thick green foam on it, glued on of course. Then trim it with a knife so it becomes one with the roundness of the table. Then cover that with batting.
Then place the material on your kitchen table goodside down. Turn that foam and batting covered table upside down on that--with help of course, because it is after all, a table!
Then pull pull pull, have your husband shoot it with a nailgun while you hold the material in place. Our table had a very hard wood bottom, so after all the target practice, I plugged in my hot glue gun and secured all the fabric down. I wanted to make sure all of the material was stuck because I didn't want it showing at all.

It's actually a pretty simple procedure.
I have had this ottoman for about eight years and I can't get rid of it. It's a sofa sometimes, it's a table sometimes (especially for kids, they just sit on the floor); it's a footrest; a play area; a laptop holder--and it's easily moveable.

The little ottoman was just along for the ride. I has bought it at a second hand shop for $5 about 7 years ago. The fabric that covered it cost $4.78 from

I'm sure I won't go that long before I cover these again, but that's what I like about them, I can change the fabric when I want.

My living room is still in the works. I'm frugal like I said. The other reason I don't like to spend a lot of money on stuff is that I change my mind a lot. I have very few things that I've liked forever. I had searched and searched for curtains/drapes and spent money on ones that a month later, I was sorry I bought. So, my mom brought those sage ones over for me as they were extra and I think they'll do. I really would love to find that perfect fabric for new ones. I just change my mind so much about what I like.

I'm definitely in the zone to start decorating more, so we'll see what happens and I'll post it here if it does!

1 comment:

sara's art house said...

Good for You!!! Looks great :)