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 It was old and outdated, but it was well-built and I wanted it.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.
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.
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.
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.
And once it was all put back together, I couldn’t help but do a happy dance. I love it so much.
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. 🙂
Oh my goodness, I love this!!! What a gorgeous ottoman you made that into. Great job 🙂
Thank you, Katie! How’s the moving process coming? I don’t envy you a bit.
Very nicely done !!
Hope you are doing good and all is well with you and the family !
Love the transformation! It’s such a smart idea to add the zipper to the cushion!
Thanks, Jamie! I’m excited to chat again on Friday–lots to share!
Amazing transformation, Lisa. It looks great!
Thank you, Nancy. You’re always so sweet! Have a great week!
Wow! Great job. It looks fantastic.
Aww, thanks Carmody. I’m loving what a little paint and new fabric can do. 🙂
Looks fantastic! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams on Fridays 😀 Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party
Thank you, Shanice!
yep, i like this.
Ha ha! Thank you!
Saw this on Someday Crafts and had to see your full post. It’s a beautiful and fun piece! Especially love the stencil.
I’m so glad you came over, Becca. It was such a fun piece to work on, and I love how it turned out.
It turned out beautiful! I love the colors. Thanks for sharing it with us. Pinned to the party board. 🙂
Thank you, Marti! I’m loving the colors too–they make me happy. 🙂
Get out of town!! I love this transformation!
Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us at Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party! I hope you will join us again this Saturday at 8:00 am EST!
Ashley, your comment made my day–thank you!
Super cute! Awesome use of that old ottoman! 🙂