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June 30, 2015

The refreshed Armchairs needed a refreshed Ottoman

Good Morning, can you believe it's already the last day of June!  Last week I shared a makeover we gave two Armchairs that we picked up for a song on Kijiji (Canadian buy & sell site).  I loved how they gave the room a fresh new look but what I didn't show you was how bad they looked with our ottoman.

An upholstered armchair after a makeover

Mr. Frugalista and I built this DIY Ottoman a few years ago.  Here is what it looked like...

DIY Upholstered Ottoman Before

As what oftentimes happens when redecorating, what used to work well in a room may no longer. That was the case with our ottoman. In our brown-on-brown decorating scheme the stripes played well off the colors in the area rug. Did I mention the area rug had to go too? It found a new home downstairs in our media room.

When I saw the Mayer French Ticking at Fabricland (Canadian retailer) I knew the green stripes would play off our chairs and the brown off the new leather sofa, unifying them. Bonus, I received a 50% discount with my membership, yay!

Ottoman Fabric to unify the Armchair Upholstery and Brown Leather Sofa

Refreshing the look of the ottoman was super quick.  I'm a novice at upholstery and don't claim to be an expert by any stretch of the imagination so I may not have done this according to the rules of professional upholstery.  I think it looks pretty darn good and so for whatever it's worth, here is how I did it...

Five easy steps to reupholster an ottoman

Step 1

  • Normally I would recommend you remove the old fabric first. Because my new fabric is heavy enough that the old fabric doesn't show through, I went ahead an upholstered right over it.
  • Place the fabric over the ottoman with the wrong side up.  Line up the stripes nice and straight and pin each corner on one side only.
Step 1 Pinning the corners of an upholstered ottoman

Step 2

Remove the fabric and sew a straight line where you pinned.
Step 2 Sewing the corners of an upholstered ottoman

Step 3

  • Place the fabric back onto the ottoman and cut off the excess fabric from the opposite end.  Cut it to the same length as the other side you just sewed.
  • Repeat Step 1 and 2 on the opposite side.
  • Turn the fabric right side out and place it over the ottoman to ensure a good fit.  Adjust your seams accordingly.
  • Once you're satisfied turn it inside out again and cut off the excess fabric (the points) on each corner.
Step 3 Sewing all four corners of an upholstered ottoman

Step 4

Using a staple gun and pulling the fabric taut (not too tight where it distorts the pattern) staple it onto the wood frame, working from the center and out towards each corner.
Step 4 Stapling the fabric onto an upholstered ottoman

Step 5

  • Cut off the excess fabric.
  • Using a hot glue gun attach either Decorative Gimp Trim, Single or Double Welting to cover the staples.  You can see on mine I made double welting using the same fabric and clothesline cord.
  • There are a lot of tutorials online about how to make double welting and this is the one I used on Pinterest.

Step 5 Adding decorative grimp trim or welting to an upholstered ottoman

If I had a do-over I would stagger the stripes rather than trying to line them up - just adds a little more interest.

Close up of double welting hot glued onto an upholstered ottoman

That's it - easy peasy!

Refreshed upholstered arm chair

Refreshed Upholstered Ottoman After Makeover

Close up of decor on refreshed upholstered ottoman

So what do you think - did I make the right choice?

I'm sharing my Ottoman at these fabulous Link Parties 

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