|that's a whole lotta brown leather going on!|
so, i'm in the process of trying to balance out all that ugliness with some pretty improvements to the room. the first thing that had to be changed was the ottoman.
we got our leather storage ottoman at big lots a few years ago. it only cost us about $100, because it was damaged - the casters were broken off. B reattached them by drilling through small blocks of wood. it was a really sturdy fix, but you could see the blocks sticking out. aside from that unsightly characteristic, it clashed with the new couch, as they were different shades of brown. in a perfect (aka - rich) world, i would just buy a new ottoman, but i currently get paid in slobbery kisses and poopy diapers, so i took my two pennies and gave it a facelift.
i tried to pic out a sturdy printed upholstery fabric (because prints don't show stains as well as solids) that wasn't too girly or elaborate. it didn't hurt that it was on sale for 50% off and i had a coupon for another 25% off! i got 4 yards of high-quality fabric for under $25! i don't think B is too crazy about my choice, but he can't complain about the cost.
here's the before & after:
tips for reupholstering your ottoman:
- don't just double check your measurements, triple or quadruple check them! i almost wasted nearly a yard of fabric, because i came *this* close to cutting one section a half an inch too short.
- iron before and after you sew. to get accurate measurements, you need to make sure all the wrinkles are out. you also need to iron it after to give it a crisp look, making it look more professional.
- only use actual upholstery fabric. cheaper fabrics are okay for throw pillows and such, but when you're upholstering a piece of furniture, you need a fabric that isn't going to wear quickly.
- scotchgard is the your friend. take the time to prevent stains by spraying a coat of this stuff on there before using. it's not expensive and one can is enough for an entire couch.