That seems to be a common question I’m asking as we continue on our 2012 mission to organize and streamline this year.
When we were preparing for Lily’s party, I knew one of the areas we needed to organize was our entry way. We have a small space behind the front door that acts as a dumping ground for diaper bags, purses, briefcases, backpacks, shopping bags, coats, strollers, outdoor gear and mail. It’s a small space so it gets pretty cluttered and times I find it overwhelming. The before pictures were part of the photos my husband deleted (yes, accidentally but still!) from my our camera so I’ll do my best to describe it. In the space, we had a faux leather ottoman, hanging storage hooks and a hall table. All the pieces were dark wood which made the space feel dark and dreary and they were always covered with clutter- always!!
While I would love to have built in cabinets and create an inspiring mudroom, we aren’t sure of our long term renovation plans so I knew I needed to keep the changes minimal and cost low. I started with the ottomon that I bought a couple of years ago from Target (on sale).
I contemplated selling the ottoman but to buy a lighter fabric ottoman would cost more so I decided to try reupholstering it.
Below is my attempt to explain the process without the tutorial pictures.
- fabric of your choice (3 yards of fabric – the project requires approximately 98 inches to wrap the entire bottom)
- staple gun
Instructions to Reupholster a Storage Ottoman:
1. I started by removing the hardware and the feet. You will most likely need a screwdriver for this step. You will end up with two separate pieces, a top and a bottom.
2. Then I pulled off the felt-like fabric that lined the interior. I removed this carefully so that I could reuse it.
3. Many instructions will tell you to remove the existing fabric, however, I was a little nervous about how it would turn out so I left the faux leather just in case I messed up. This would give me something to return to.
4. I measured the length and width of the top piece accounting for the depth of the cushion and then adding a couple of inches to the length and width. For the bottom piece, I wrapped the perimeter of the ottoman until the two ends met and added an inch and a half and I measured the height (top to bottom) adding 2 inches. I used those measurements for the new fabric and cut it accordingly.
5. I placed the fabric for the top of the ottoman right side down (so the back side of the fabric was facing me) and placed the top piece of the ottoman upside down on top of it. Pulling tightly, I stapled the a piece of the fabric at the center of each side of the rectangle.
6. Then I started stapling the fabric to the ottoman from the center out. Again pulling tightly along the way.
7. When I got to the corners, I folder the corners as if I was gift wrapping.
8. Once I finished the top piece, I laid the original felt like material on top and restapled that back to the ottoman.
9. For the bottom piece. I wrapped one single piece around the ottoman and tried to align the pattern where the two sides met in the back.
10. I folded the overlapping side in so you couldn’t see the frayed edge and then began stapling the top and bottom at the center of each side of the ottoman. I used fabric glue (optional) for added security where the pieces overlapped in the back.
11. For the corners, I simply overlapped them and stapled them down.
12. Working from the center out, I pulled tightly and stapled along the way. In the corners, i just folded one side over the other (you can’t really see it in the picture below).
13. Then I stapled the bottom liner back into place.
14. Last step was to screw the two pieces back together.
I’m pretty pleased with the outcome! It definitely brightens up the space!
What do you think? Was it a good move to keep it? Do you have a piece you are considering getting rid of? Just maybe there is a way to salvage the item?
To see the entryway finished, click here.
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