Hand-painted Ottoman Makeover

April 25, 2014 in Crafts, Home Decor by Lisa

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The other day I ran across this ottoman at our local thrift store for $8, and since I’d been wanting an ottoman for our living room couch, I stopped to check it out. It was old and outdated, but it was well-built and I wanted it. So it came home with me.

 

First up, I knew it needed a paint job. I used the Americana Chalky Paint in Yesteryear and Everlasting (that I used on my Stenciled Arch and on my Thrifted Chair Makeover) to give the whole thing a gray coat. Then I painted the insets with the White.  I let it dry, then flipped it over and added some felt pads to the bottom of the legs so they wouldn’t scratch anything down the road.

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After sanding a little, it was time for a little detail. I printed out a pattern then scribbled with chalk all over the back of the paper. Then, I laid the paper over my detail area, and traced the design, transferring the chalk onto the ottoman.

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After that, it was time to handpaint the design onto the insets (there is one on each side of the ottoman). I used a mustard color of acrylic paint, and just painted inside the traced lines I’d made. It was harder and easier than I expected. Harder because some of the pattern rubbed off as I was working, but easier because it was just like coloring inside the lines.

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After a wax coat, the ottoman makeover itself was done!

I still needed to recover the cushion though. I used a home decor fabric I picked up in California, and I love how the leaf pattern works with the painted detail to create interest without being too busy. It’s even a zippered cushion cover, so I can remove it and wash it as needed. LOVE.

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And once it was all put back together, I couldn’t help but do a happy dance. I love it so much.

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And now when I’m sitting on my couch, I can put my feet up on something fun and completely my style. Just ignore the chipped toenail polish–it’s getting harder to reach those toes these days. :)

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