DIY Ottoman

 How to build an upholstered ottoman

This was a fun project and really not that difficult. I got the idea while watching the Steven & Chris show on CBC.

Dressing up a DIY upholstered ottoman with wood trim

We modified ours somewhat from their plans by adding wood trim embellishments along the bottom.

We found the feet and rope trim at Home Depot.  The mini castors were purchased from Lee Valley Tools. The beautiful striped fabric was purchased at Fabricland and with my membership I got it for 50% off - score!
Our only regret is that we ignored the instruction to use 4" foam. Being consummate budget conscious DIYers we opted for a less expensive and readily available 3" foam that was on sale 50% off at Fabricland. I don't call myself the Frugalista for nothing!

Here is the link to the instructions we used:
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90's Golden to Mission Oak

Because we were going darker, we didn't sand to the bare wood. We did, however, apply Heirloom Furniture Stripper and used a putty knife to remove the varathane finish.

The dining table used to be golden oak as well. I stripped it down to the bare wood before staining because I wanted to remove some knicks and scratches.
Hmmmmm, the room seems rather brown-on-brown-on-brown!  It definitely needs a punch of color to liven things up and give it personality.
Like the cowardly Lion in the Wizard of Oz, I need to find my courage first!  I'm thinking I might tackle repholstering the parsons chairs in a sexy fabric.
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70's Dresser & Hutch Makeover

From Drab...
Dresser Makeover Before

...To Fab

Painted Dresser Makeover

These were one of my first purchases in the late 70's. I removed the big bulky mirror that was attached and stripped the high gloss finish during a makeover in the late 80's. Being of solid wood construction they warranted another makeover. For a touch of glam I installed glass hardware that echoes the crystal lamp (Lee Valley Tools).

Bedroom Hutch Makeover Before

Painted Bedroom Hutch Makeover

Painted with Benjamin Moore Aura Paint in Cloud White. Oops, just realized the top is missing from the glass vase! What can I say, it was being repurposed on another in the dining room during the holidays!
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China Cabinet now Island & Pantry

Our small kitchen desperately needed more storage and somewhere to sit and enjoy our morning coffee. The obvious solution would have been to remove the china cabinet and add a bank of cabinets to the wall. Realistically however, that idea was not in our budget.  Besides, this little china cabinet had sentimental value. A few days before Christmas in 1990 I was out for the afternoon and when I returned my nine month old son was sitting in the middle of a brand new dining room table wearing a Santa hat.  This was the hutch that went along with it.  Our son is now 23 years old and this honey oak hutch was showing it's age!  It would have looked amazing painted with milk or chalk paint.  But I had other ideas...

I spent months trying to come up with an idea on how we could keep the cabinet, gain more storage and have room for a small eating nook. Oh, and all this had to be accomplished on a tight budget.

DIY China Cabinet to Small Island-Kitchen Pantry Before

So this is what I finally came up with!

Before and After picture of china cabinet makeover

We separated the top and bottom pieces of the china cabinet. Then we built a melamine base cabinet with three cubbies that would accommodate the top of the china cabinet. We screwed them together and added oak veneer to the sides of the entire unit. Custom oak doors were ordered to match the profile of the existing ones.

I love our new pantry! It has provided ample storage and the upper section is great for displaying serving bowls and crystal.

China Cabinet repurposed into a pantry

This project was completed only a couple months before I discovered chalk paint. Otherwise, this baby would definitely have been adorned in chalk paint goodness!

China Cabinet repurposed into a Small Kitchen Island

The base of the china cabinet was repurposed into a small island. We attached four feet, added some wood brackets and recessed a small 6-bottle wine fridge into the side. The granite slab was found hidden in the back of a custom cabinet yard in the dead of winter...I'm talking -20C! It was a perfect match to our existing granite counters.

To finish it off we added pendant lights above. That happened several months later because the electrical box had to be moved.

China cabinet makeover to island and pantry

This little island has become the heart of our kitchen - I just love it!
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