We have an ottoman that we’d rather not have to look at. Yes, a few throw blankets and pillows can go a long way, but it’s ugly, boxy and was purchased years ago in a crazed moment of not thinking clearly. However! It’s functional (and was cheap, too). So, there it stayed, in the corner of our living room, used as an extra seat for overflow guests or feet propping during late night movies.
We’ve talked about recovering it for well over a year, even saving this link from Design Sponge, at least for a temporary fix. And yes, we’ve even discussed throwing it in the dumpster with not so much of a see ya! But you know by now we love a good DIY, and goodness knows we’re cheap. Er, thrifty. In the long haul, we’ve actually held dinnertime discussions of completely revamping it (my idea of a great conversation; Scott, maybe not as much) – chopping it in half, adding legs, new upholstery, and (ooh!) nailhead trim. Then in another moment of crazy, I decided what the hell! and went for it.
Mind you, we’ve yet to decide on fabric or final dimensions, but we knew we wanted to salvage what we could, scrimp any extra foam or batting, and crossed our fingers for decent, sturdy wood (hey, now). About midway through my staple pulling excursion (using nothing but a flat head screwdriver, needle nose pliers, and extreme patience) things were looking up. While we hoped for a sturdier MDF, the chip board would do, and there was certainly no shortage of batting.
But after flipping the splinterfest over, I realized there was no top. Well, aside from the thin fabric and shallow foam. And we very obviously would prefer a top. C’mon, now! Oy, no wonder it was never very comfortable.
Holy ships, I think our simple fantasy project just turned into something not so simple. Regardless, we’re still excited to transform it into something more suited to our tastes. And wouldn’t you know that Scott’s full of promises, you know, all this’ll be fine! I’ve got my big, manly reciprocating saw! Not sure what that is, but I’ll take it.
In the meantime, I’m turning to you for phase 2. What are your favorite fabric sources? I’m head over heels for fabric boards on Pinterest (a la Kirsten of Restored Style right here, or my weak attempt here), but aside from fabric.com (which overwhelms me beyond words), we’re unsure of where to start. We’re thinking a bold, rich velvet. Or maybe a pretty graphic print. Or classic pinstripes. Um. Help.