Ottoman – DIY Upholstery Change

I’m a lover of a good bargain. Sometimes, certain things can be overlooked if the price is right. Like the damage to this sweet ottoman when I purchased it. So, it didn’t always look this way….it actually began here.

This is the original material that came on the ottoman. And yes, I purchased it…lovely rips in the fabric and all. Initially, I envisioned recovering it right away. But time, kids and life got away from me and I’m sad to admit…I used it like this for several years (with the rips facing the couch), so not super noticeable. Fast forward and I finally recovered it with this fun material.


While my taste and design style has evolved slightly over the years, I’ve always leaned toward more of a relaxed look. I mean, we have 5 kids, so our home is totally lived in. This fabric was great for a season (several years), but it was begging for a change. Enter drapery panel. Yep, drapery panel. 


I have been looking to reupholster this in sort of a grain sack fabric. I love the various looks, colors and patterned stripes of grain sack. I was about to pull the trigger on ordering some of that  material when I stumbled upon this look alike fabric, in he form of a curtain panel, at Hobby Lobby. Using my coupon, I scored this for $17.49. Even reproduction grain sack would’ve run me 3 times that. 


 Because the panel wouldn’t fully cover the width of the ottoman in either direction, I did have to cut and sew the end pieces on. However, because of the stripes I was able to line it up quite nicely and the seams are almost unnoticeable. Can you see it just above the top thin stripe?


I removed the legs, since they unscrew easily, and used a staple gun to attach the material underneath the edges of the ottoman.


I measured the stripes and centered them on the ottoman before stapling. It helps to tack one side, smooth the material, pull it taught, and staple the opposite side. Then I created a simple fold down each corner. 



The finishing touch is the nailhead trim. I’ve used this product on other furniture that I’ve reupholstered.


I purchase this at Hobby Lobby as well. Super easy to use. It’s the antique gold. I lined it up and got busy tacking it down. 


This trim looks like it’s loads of individual gold tacs. However, there are 4 faux tacs in between each actual opening. I like to lay out the trim and then tac every other hole, going back and filling in. I just eyeball it, so for me it helps to visually keep a straight line. 


My confession, my left over nailhead trim only allowed me to go half way around the ottoman. So let’s pretend it’s all finished. Ta-Da!!! So much better.  

Teen Bedroom Tweek, Goes Bohemian Chic

Several years ago I shared a post re: our daughters bedroom. She had a fun loft bed and my hubby and I built a pallet day bed/couch/lounge area to sit underneath it. This was her set up. Great for friends, hanging out and she loved it. (Please ignore the unmade bed up top).


This combination is still getting pinned on Pinterest daily. I only know, because I receive the notice on my phone…..and to date its been pinned 9.5 k. Which is a bit hysterical. It’s fun to watch that number continually increase. Guess I’m not the only Pinterest addict.

About 8 months ago our daughter decided it was time for a change. She, and her taste, have certainly grown and evolved. She is weeks away from 17 now and she is a total Boho, beachy, wanderlust, creative girl. It all started with shiplap. My husband and I had put it on a focal wall in our master and on another wall downstairs in our library/music room. She knew instantly that she wanted some shiplap in her room. Our youngest son, now 14, was dying for her setup in his room and that worked out grand. So we were recreating 2 rooms at once. Here’s his set up that I posted a few weeks ago. 


I have to confess, that the pictures taken while recreating my daughters room are, for now, unavailable. Destroyed my phone in a skiing accident and got a new phone. But I have soooo many photos to still retrieve off of the crushed phone. So these pics aren’t really before and afters, they are all afters. LOL

Because we have a walk out basement, our daughters room is actually 3 stories up from the backyard. She has a sweet deck w/French doors off of her bedroom. (Every teen girl should have this off of their room). Her views of the mountains and downtown Denver are epic. In fact, she has the best view in the house. We watch about 30+ different sets of firework from her deck every 4th of July. We applied the shiplap to the rear wall. It’s such a fun element.



Everything we created and purchased was a total bargain. Mirror above her bed went to an old buffet that I rehabbed for a client and she did not want the mirror, so I stripped the old wood stain down and hung it above her bed. The faux tapestry is a throw rug from TARGET (we couldn’t find one she really liked). I stained a wooden dowel, drilled holes through it and attached the rope. 


Cute little side table was a clearance find from TARGET several years ago…it was sitting in my master, so I stole it from myself. Looks perfect in here. And the other fun round gold table was an awesome TARGET clearance score that someone had ordered online and returned to the store. Our daughter sits in this little chair constantly, journaling, looking at many travel and photography books or playing her Ukulele. 


Her headboard is from our old guest bedroom. It is a cheap ‘pleather’ headboard. That just wasn’t going to cut the mustard in this room. So I purchased the grey linen fabric from IKEA and reupholstered the headboard. Nailhead trim I already had from reupholstering our TV room sitting chair.


We already had the desk from IKEA and the TV stand. I added decorative corner pieces to the desk from Home Depot, just to dress it up a little. The upper shelves are wood pieces, cut and stained by myself, mounted to brackets and hung on the wall for storage. The bedside light and the clamp light at her desk are both from IKEA. I LOVE these lights. I have 3 of the black ones in my TV room area.


And we did the same type of single shelf over her TV stand for her flatscreen to be mounted higher on the wall. As you can see, we still need to cover the wires.


And there you have it. A teen bedroom tweek, gone Boho chic.

Completely Classic Hutch

I stumbled on this piece a couple of weeks ago. Though it looked NOTHING like this when my husband brought it home for me, the price was right and I knew I could revive it somehow.  So this is where it began, not so pretty……


The upper cabinet doors were almost impossible to reopen once you had closed them and one of them was missing the pane of glass. Initially I thought I would take the inserts out all together and replace that with some chicken wire. But when I saw the piece in person, the era of this hutch does not lend itself to the farmhouse feel. That, and I still had the issue of the doors sticking shut….super bad. Plan B, remove the doors altogether, Dremel off the metal pieces that keep the doors shut, fill all the holes, sand…..and she’s ready for primer and paint.


Because this piece was finished in very vintage, dated, cherry type of stain, I knew I’d be dealing with a lot of bleed through if using a lighter paint color. Save yourself the headache, after cleaning, prime the old stain really well. Even if you are using a high end, expensive chalk paint. I’ve heard sad stories from friends and many clients who spent lots of time, money and elbow grease trying to paint a piece (multiple times) only to have lots of bleed through. I will say, if you are using a dark shade, this typically will not be a problem. Case in point, I painted the exterior of this piece in a DIY chalk paint, graphite color. No primer needed, I just applied 2 coats of paint. The upper portion I wanted to do in Alabaster white. 2 coats of primer sealed the deal and then I applied 2 coats of paint.


No distressing on this lovely lady. I was aiming for clean and classic. I used a hand rubbed poly on the entire thing and applied 2 coats the the shelving area for added durability. 


The original hardware was lovely, so I gave it a good dose of Rub n’ Buff and it gives such a pop of elegance.


I love the graphite color and was excited to bring it back into the mix (haven’t used that shade in a while). It’s a stellar combination of super dark charcoal’ish/grey/black. And seriously, I love this thing without the doors and the detail at the top stands out even more. 

She’s a keeper