If you have followed my blog lately you know that I have spent the summer in New Orleans at my mom’s house (where I am always put to work.) Over the last few weeks we have worked on some updates to her long narrow living room. (You can read the details of the plan HERE.) We purchased several pieces of furniture from antique and thrift store and are now in the process of updating them for the new space. Last week I shared the china cabinet update. This week I am working on the ottoman. Below are our second-hand furniture finds before, you can see above that we are making progress.
If you have never done upholstery before and want to give it a try this is the perfect project. Upholstering an ottoman like this is fairly simple and only requires minor sewing work to hem the skirt.
Our thrift store ottoman started off pretty 80’s looking with a wine colored fabric and a pleated skirt, not really the look we were going for.
Mom is more into whites and shabby chic style so we chose to re-upholster it in Covington Jasmine Serenity.
This ottoman is built like a small table. The top is foam with the upholstery stapled underneath and a skirt added. If you have a piece like this you think you’d like to tackle I recommend taking photos as you remove the parts and working backwards from your photos as you put it back together.
You can see there are really only two parts to this project, the top and the skirt.
I used the old skirt as a pattern for the new skirt, pinning it on for a test fit before stapling it on permanently.
When attaching the skirt staple right against the cording for a crisp edge.
The finished results look like a brand new ottoman and work perfectly with the new (old) china cabinet.
With the leftover fabric I was able to make two new throw pillows as well.
The next update will be the french cane arm chairs which are being upholstered in a dove grey velvet chenille, but these guys are going to the professional.
Can’t wait to see the results…