March 26, 2014 by Decorum DIYer
Greetings from Decorum DIYer land!
Yeah, well, I’ve sort of been missing in action for the past few months. Life is just hectic. I’ve been busy with the kids, life, and a few little projects.
Today, I’d thought I’d share the little things that are making me happy.
Like my living room progress –
A micro-suede couch that we picked up for $90 via Craigslist, new lamp shades, and the almost finished botanical art wall gallery with a painted accent on the wall.
Can you guess what I tackled today?
I’ll tell you, it is the ottoman.
Our children have ruined our leather ottoman and leather couch. Although the couch has been cast away into the basement, we really love the style, size, and versatility of our leather ottoman and want it to stay in our living room.
The problem is this:
Not too attractive, huh?
So, during the kids’ binge-watching of Netflix cartoons, I took the 45 minutes and decided today was the day to do something about this eyesore.
I chose my fabric. (Not really, I just grabbed the only fabric I had on hand that would fit. The leftover window panel from my bedroom.)
You know, these guys:
I grabbed my trusty staple gun and went to town.
A few episodes of “Trotro” later and I was left with this:
A wee bit better. At least there aren’t any gashes in the fabric… yet.
Time and kids will tell.
I’m not a huge fan of the cloth and leather upholstery look, but the curtain panel was not wide enough to cover to the underside, so the top cushion was it.
It was really difficult to staple the fabric between the cushion top and the leather-wrapped wood base (which is why I don’t have a picture of that – I didn’t have any extra hands).
The corners were the most difficult and are a little wonky, but livable.
(I’m learning that not everything must be perfect. I am a perfectionist to a fault. It is crippling at times.)
I’m hoping the right upholstery cording will hide the unsightly edges and make the ottoman’s two-tone fabrics more cohesive.
Maybe something like this one from JoAnn’s Fabrics? I’ll need to think more on that point, but I definitely need something to cover the ugly seam.
A little cleaning of the leather base and staining touch-ups to the feet and I think I will have a brand new ottoman!
If you follow me on Facebook (and you should – I share a lot on Facebook, since I don’t have much time to write a full post for the blog), you would know that I recovered some worn-out ottomans with a new curtain panel that I found at JC Penney.
They did look like this:
And now they look like this:
Pretend you don’t notice the cords (grrrrr….), nor the slight difference in height between the ottomans. Oh, and the creases in the fabric. See? I’m trying to let it go!
The fabric is reminiscent of the new lamp shades (from Big Lots), too:
And again, the ottoman in progress:
Great checking in with you and I hope all is well!