Friday, June 8, 2012

Ottoman Remake

You may have noticed that I've been missing in action lately. Well I've actually picked up a few more hours at work which is good for the finances but not so great for fun stuff.  

I've actually been doing a ton of projects but just haven't had the time to edit photos and get the posts written.  I also decided it's not worth stressing over.  Sooooo, basically I'm going to work on this little old blog whenever I feel like and/or get a chance to.  Unfortunately, this may not be very often.  (Shrug and eye roll.)

One of the projects I've had a chance to complete, mostly because it was bugging the crap out of me, was this sorry little ottoman.  Notice the little tear.  No the responsible party was not one of my crazy boys...it was my crazy husband.:(

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On the other side you'll notice a nice splatter that doesn't want to come off and yes the top is a bit concave.  This little $25 dollar piece has definitely done a good job and had hard use.  It has supported many propped feet, the occasional rear end, and 4 boys that use it as a jumping platform.

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I wasn't  ready to give up on it.  I was also too cheap to replace it.  Out come my amateur sewing skills to make a cover.  This cover is made out of a drop cloth and I love the little ruffled skirt that makes it one of the few girly things in my house.  I attached some grosgrain ribbon above the ruffle with some stitch witchery (gotta love that stuff) and I have a remade ottoman.  One I think is a.dor.a.ble!
 
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  Here's the only problem; my boys decided to continue to play with it just as roughly as they did pre-cover.  Pretty soon the little ruffle started to detach, aaaand it turns out canvas drop cloths aren't as sturdy as I thought.  There are also some nice stains on the top now from my 2 year old using it as a napkin.

Can I not have anything cute in this house?  (Picture me in tears because I am totally outnumbered by male insanity.)  Oh well, I tried.  Now I have two leather ottomans that are easily wipeable in the family room and I hope to repair my cover and move this sweet ottoman to my own room where it might stay intact.

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23 comments:

  1. Love your revamped ottoman, Heather! Having raised 3 boys along with dogs & a couple cats, I know the feeling of wishing SOMETHING could stay nice & clean for a little while.

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  2. I'd recommend covering it in sandpaper Heather, gritty, gritty sandpaper...

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  3. Great make over! Love the ruffle! I have boys, too- don't know why they have to be so rough! We can't keep anything pretty:)

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  4. What a gteat job you did - I have just covered my ottoman for the second time - I too hate to throw out and buy a new one when you can make your own design!

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  5. This is beautiful! It definitely inspires my thrifting! I’d love for you to share this project on Tuesday’s Tidbits @ Naptime Delights: http://naptimedelights.blogspot.ca/2012/06/tuesdays-tidbits-4.html
    Thanks so much!
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    1. Thanks Sarah! I linked up with your party.

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