Sunday, November 21, 2010

Recovering an Ottoman

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This was originally posted at Remodelaholic earlier this month.
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This summer, my sister and I each received a chair from our grandparents house and had the chairs reupholstered.  We wanted ottomans to go with the chairs and didn't want to spend a lot.  We found these ottomans online @ Sears on clearance for only $50 each!  When we had our chairs reupholstered, we had the upholster order extra yardage of the fabric we selected so that we would be able to recover the ottomans.  I recovered the ottomans using a no-sew method.  It was so simple and easy and I love how they turned out.  The key to this project if finding an ottoman with separate legs.  The one we bought is no longer available but here is a similar ottoman I found at online at Target.
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Supplies Needed:
- ottoman
- upholstery fabric
- staple gun & staples
- button covering kit
- upholstery needle
- tape measure
- upholstery thread
- buttons
- water soluble marking pen
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The ottoman arrived needing assembly which was perfect for what I wanted to do.
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See that leopard print?  It wasn't exactly what I was looking for but I liked the style and I especially liked the button tufting.
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You can find the upholstery I used here.
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After deciding on fabric, you will need to cut it to size.  Make sure to leave enough overlap on each side to staple securely to the back of your ottoman.
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If you are using a geometric pattern like I did, make sure you are careful about how the pattern will lay on the ottoman.  With my pattern, I thought it would be best to center the pattern.
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Now, use a staple gun to attach the fabric. 
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When doing this, I start with one staple on each of the four sides and then continue around.
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Continue stapling all around but don't staple near the corners.
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Here's my trick for clean, neat, corners. 
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Pull fabric up tight to corner and staple as shown in photo above.
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Then, fold fabric in until a straight edge is created. 
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Pull tight and staple.  I know that sounds confusing, but I promise that it's not!
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Once you are finished with all four corners, your ottoman will look like this:
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You will want to trim the fabric so that it doesn't hang down when your ottoman is finished.
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Here's how the front will look:
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See, that was easy!
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Now it's time to use the fabric button kit and cover the buttons.
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Button kits like this are such an easy way to add a professional detail to a project.
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 Now it's time to attach the buttons to the ottoman.  The first step is to determine where you want your buttons to be.  Use a tape measure and a water soluble marking pen to marl the locations.
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Cut a long length of upholstery thread and tie to button.  Thread both ends through upholstery needle.
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Push needle through from the front to the back.  Pull tightly.  At the back of the ottoman use a button to thread through.  Using a button allows you to secure the thread.  There is probably a better way to do this, but I sort of figured it out as I went along!
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Sorry for the poor picture, but here's the button on the back side:
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Continue until all buttons have been secured.
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I think the buttons really make this project!
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Attach the legs and you are finished!
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Here's the finished product:
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I used the same method to recover my sister's ottoman.  She selected a different upholstery and will be posting about it on her blog, A Little Ditty, sometime soon!
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26 comments:

Brandi said...

I love how you got the corners so neat and tight! Great work!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

This is just gorgeous! Love the fabric you used and the shape of the legs. So pretty!

Megan {Honey We're Home} said...

Beautiful! Your fabric choice is perfect. I've always wondered about how to do those buttons- thanks for the tutorial- I'm bookmarking this page!

Traci at ThreeDogsAtHome said...

Love the pattern you picked for your ottoman.

The Girlie Blog said...

How very creative of you. It looks wonderful!

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

It's stunning, Alissa!

Val said...

Beautiful, You are amazing.

Dana @ Bungalow'56 said...

Hi Alissa,
This looks so good. I was hoping you would show us the matching chair? I Bet they look really sharp together. I
love the fabric you chose. Are you sure you don't have a deep desire to see the north? Let's say for a week or so? just long enough to help me with several projects. You might see moose.
Dana : )

Erin said...

This looks great. I LOVE the fabric you used!

Deepali Kalia Interior Design Blog Filling Spaces said...

simply gorgeous and what a great idea

Nana-Nonsense said...

What a great project to share! Love everything about it!

Karena said...

This is absolutely stunning! Thahk you so much for the tutorial!! The stools are perfect!

xoxo
Karena

Art by Karena

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

Thanks for the suggestions for getting a finished look for the corners. It usually takes me a long time to get the corners right when I recover a seat cushion.

Carmie of the Single Nester said...

Gorgeous! Love the fabric.

Ryan Kay said...

WOW, you did a wonderful job! Looks BEAUTIFUL! I love the pattern you chose! Thanks for the tips!

Mistylynn said...

It's beautiful and I want to eat IT and those cinammon rolls. YUM!

barbara@hodge:podge said...

Am still loving that fabric! Would love to see the ottoman with the chair! Happy Thanksgiving!

Brittany@twocrazycupcakes said...

That is great! I am about to recover my nursery glider because I have 8 weeks and counting til baby boy #3 arrives! Totally gonna use your button idea! Fab!!!

Dylana Suarez said...

This looks so gorgeous!

xoxo,

colormenana.blogspot.com

kirstyb said...

wow it looks awesome xxx

Anna said...

this is awesome alissa! love that fabric, and yes, the buttons really do make it look really amazing. :)

Meg and Mum's said...

This has turned out stunning! You're quite clever aren't you? I have just today covered an old ottoman I found at the markets for $2. On looking at it I think it would look great with a buttons, but I have no idea how to start. Thanks for the tutorial. I might give it a go.
Megs :)

Katie said...

Wow, love this Alissa! Maybe one day I'll get brave and try redoing furniture!

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D.R.DeNise said...

I have questions for you on this project. Did you remove the button tufting from the original ottoman before you recovered it and re-did the tufting? Also, do you think this is possible to do with a thicker ottoman? Maybe with a longer needle? Or would you suggest sticking with the thinner one like you did?

 

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