Green Decorating: Tackling an Ottoman

July 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

Bartering can be a wonderful thing — especially when you acquire a piece of furniture in need of only a little facelift and you’re up for a fun project.

The fabric on this ottoman (photo above right) was soiled and worn so I removed all the nail heads, cut a piece of scrap fabric (from a massive fabric store sale), and stapled the new fabric to the frame. I even used the same black & white gingham buttons for tufting. Since I didn’t have a special long needle, I used a long metal skewer from my kitchen drawer to draw the heavy duty thread through the stuffing and poke it through to the other side where I fastened the thread to a wad of cotton batting to secure the little button. The only thing I purchased was the new trim (also on sale) to cover my many staples along the bottom edge. I chose a brown fringe to go with the wood and a black piping to go with the black buttons.

Next on the conquer-furniture list? Slipcovers for two big upholstered chairs!

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