Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Ottoman Facelift

Right before we moved to philly we inherited this ottoman with storage from family. It was covered in a cream chenille, and had considerable soot staining. It spent 3 years with various blankets thrown over it, because we're classy like that.

I bought fabric to reupholster it off of ebay about 2 years ago. Unfortunately I didn't buy enough, so we improvised and lined the inside with red fabric that I bought to reupholster chairs (which chairs Mr Renn took it upon himself to take to the thrift store without telling me shortly after the fabric was purchased)


Mr Renn decided it was time for the project to be tackled before our Christmas break, and we deconstructed and completed the lid. (And there it sat for another month and a half).



Do you have any idea how much staple removal is involved in reupholstery?


During Mr Renn's snow-days last week we finally finished it, and now that the new feet have arrived (also complements of ebay), I can share and feel like I've accomplished something.


It's far from perfect, but it's still an improvement.


And for being our first upholstery project, with no training or resources, other than piecing together the fabric we removed, I'm pretty proud of it. (Go us!) More photos here.


Katie May said...

Whoa!!! That's incredible!! As far as I remember, they were Greg and Heidi's, right? Either way, I think they'd be proud!

Em said...

@Katie May
Actually it was Holly's, after it was Grandma's. (Hence the candle soot) And now it's ours.

Deena said...

That is awesome. It looks very elegant.

Lizzie said...

Wow! I am impressed Em! You know, if you have too much stuff to move to Utah, I'll gladly let you drop this one off on your way. ;) J/K

Looks fabulous!

Karsen said...

That is fantastic!! I wish I could do it. As it is, we'll be rehupolstering our couch and loveseat, but they need a complete overhaul, including padding! I think we'll have to go to a professional :(.

The Hodges Family said...

Awesome job! You should be VERY proud! =)

Brittany said...

That's awesome. I may or may not have several projects like that waiting for me in the garage. It's just mustering up the motivation to get to it that's getting me. I can't wait until you move back to Utah and we can help each other out with things like this!

Stacey said...

Wow! I love it! Looks great.

Angela said...

Impressive! Can I hire you?

Elizabeth said...

Emily, that looks amazing! You can be very proud of yourself for that. Far better than my "pillow top couch" job (if you don't what I'm talking about, I'll have to show it to you tomorrow ;) ).

Cam said...

I hope Renn tells you frequently that you really are amazing and that he appreciates you.

I have a pretty good idea how much work was involved with reupholstering that ottoman. A year or two ago I disassembled the box spring to Zach's bed and rebuilt it because it was squeaking every time anyone lying on the bed moved in the slightest. Lots of work. Your project looks MUCH better, but mine doesn't squeak! ;)

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