Don’t Worry, I Have It Covered….


March 26, 2014 by Decorum DIYer

Greetings from Decorum DIYer land!

Remember me?

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:


Any thoughts?

Great checking in with you and I hope all is well!


16 thoughts on “Don’t Worry, I Have It Covered….

  1. Good to see you back! I love how you’re repurposing things you already have around the home. That’s my big go-to decorating trick! With the addition of our new little boy, we just switched from a coffee table to a storage ottoman in the living room. I ordered it on Sunday, and it will actually have a similar look to your two small ottomans. it’s a sort of geometric pattern in chartreuse and white. I’m very excited for it to come in!

    • Thank you for the warm welcome back. And, a BIG congratulations to you and yours on your little one. Storage ottomans are about to become your best friends. They hide a multitude of garish-colored toys and make it easy for little ones, and you alike, to pick up toy messes. Plus, you have additional seating, or rolling ride-on toys as my kids do, when you need it.

  2. Love the couch! My husband told me the other day we are the only people to buy couches off of CL’s—not so! I like all the other new touches, too. Just in time for spring! Welcome back : ]

  3. Kudos to you for having the patience to tackle the top cushion of your ottoman! It looks great, as well as the other ottomans you have re-covered. Love your blog. Welcome back!

  4. I’ve missed you!! So glad to see your post 😉 As always, your projects look fab! For the record, we’ve purchased a couch of CL. Two of them, actually.

  5. phoenixrestoration says:

    Nice job! Love it.

  6. Doesn’t it feel great when you can do a makeover with stuff you already have? Great job! I agree on the cording too. It would drive me nuts as well. 🙂

    I also like your combination of patterns. Not an easy feat!

  7. I think the ottoman looks great! It’s amazing how different fabrics can quickly change the style of something and give it a whole new look. I love the JC Penney fabric. It looks really good. 🙂

  8. Jo says:

    I look forward to your updates. I have always loved ottomans and yours it great. You might be inspired to do it again and again since you make it look so easy. Jo @ Let’s Face the Music

  9. That couch is amaaazing. The tufting! It looks so clean and yet comfortable. Good find!

  10. Darla Perreault says:

    Love it!

  11. […] (Psst!  You can see the near final version of this gallery wall here.) […]

  12. HomeforNow says:

    I’m totally with you on the perfectionist thing! I think you did an awesome job coveting up the flaws. Love the fabric on the small ottomans! Just stumbled across your blog and I’m loving all your projects and your home!

  13. I like the recovered ottomans!

  14. love this. I really love the fabric on the 2 small storage ottomans. what a transformation!

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