Monday, December 17, 2012


I will be the first person to admit that I am not very skilled at upholstery.

While I can sew apparel and have done a lot of quilting, skill at upholstery evades me.
But that doesn't stop me from trying.

This is the ugly ottoman I found at a yard sale.  It was in pretty good shape and very sturdy...and only five bucks!

I took the sucker apart, which eventually involved a rachet wrench (not
pictured here) which was pretty exciting.  I *heart* rachet wrenches!

This is a pic of a rachet wrench, which I obtained from the Google. 

Anyway, I took the whole thing apart, then took my pretty fabric (which wasn't quite wide enough) and sewed a band of dropcloth around it.  (I am not as talented with dropcloth as this lady, but I try.)

The legs were some kind of resin composite, so I'm not sure how well the paint will stick, but I painted 'em anyway.

You can see my hideously crooked seam here.  Go ahead...judge me.

But the top looks good, and that's what I was focusing on.


The Witch's Kitchen said...

I love it!

Laura from Top This Top That said...

looks not so hideous anymore!!
PS- won't say anything about the seam.

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

Good job. I am terrified of upholstering. I just bite my lip and pay the upholsterer the big bucks.

Andrea said...

Oooh, I like the sound of a ratchet wrench! My upholstery skills are limited to just covering the seats of our dining room other words, non-existent!

Bliss said...

Just the fact you can sew puts you in a whole league I will never belong too.


Kim said...

The top and the legs are all that really count anyway :)and both of those look good!

Marianne said...

Beautiful, beautiful. But my boys would spill juice on it the first 3 minutes.

I can't wait to have real furniture again! And when I can, I'm calling you.

Heidi @ Decor & More said...

Well done, Kirbs!!
xo Heidi

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

I have an amazing amount of respect for anyone who can all. It was Linda's Pillowpalooza that reminded me why I call my sewing machine Damien. Your ottoman looks fabulous!

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