Monday, September 26, 2011

No- Sew Reupholster Antique Ottoman

Happy Monday!

Today, I wanted to share with you one of the projects I did last night in just 2 hours. I found an antique ottoman about 4 years ago to use in my little girl's room. Recently the ottoman was looking a bit rough, so it was time for a change. As a rule when I purchase anything I make sure, A) I love it, (not like it, love it) B) I will keep it for a long time and C) it can be used in different rooms and can be redone if need be. I love nice things, but I want to keep the cost down, so I shop around for good deals all the time. The total cost of the ottoman with the materials was $30.

Materials you will need are:

Upholstery Fabric (measure your ottoman first and then you can figure out how much fabric you need or if not sure ask at the fabric store.)
Brown Trim
Staple gun
Sand paper (fine)
A can of Krylon spray paint

This is what the ottoman looked like
As I started to remove the yellow fabric I noticed it was covering up another old fabric which looked messy. I decided it would be best not to take the yellow fabric off and I just laid the new fabric right over it. Normally, I would have taken off the old fabric before putting on the new one.

I used 1 yard of the upholstery fabric and before stapling make sure to stretch and hold down the fabric tight then staple into place. 
As you can see my fabric has a pattern and I made sure the design was in the center of the ottoman. Also make sure the fabric is distributed evenly on all sides.

In the first picture you can see the ottoman is rectangle shape, so I stated stapling the first long side of the ottoman, then the small side next. Once I did this, I gathered the center together and stapled. See picture below.

I gather till I got the look I wanted. 

Here are the old feet of the ottoman.
The wood was dark and I didn't want to keep the feet dark, so I lightly sanded and wiped clean. I love Krylon paint, because it's easy to use and it dries fast. They have great colors as well. Once  I gave the feet two coats of paint I attached them back on to the ottoman once they where dry.

Feet all sanded and used Krylon Carmel Latte color. 

I hot glued the trim around the ottoman and here is the finished product. I love how it came out and the colors.

See how I gathered the center and tucked into place.

The main pattern is in the center of the ottoman. 
What do you think of the no-sew ottoman? I love comments, so drop me a line! Also, my giveaway is still going on for the MY Memories Suite 2 software till this Thursday, 9/29. Click Here to read about the giveaway and sign up.

Thank you for stopping by and have a great week!



  1. That is so sweet! I love the upholstery fabric you chose. Great project.

  2. HI Vanessa-

    I love the fabric - it looks so much better now.

  3. Oh my goodness, I LOVE it and I want it! How amazing! You've got me thinking!!

  4. That is amazing fabric! I love the braiding too. :)

    P.S. I'm having a $50 cash giveaway on my blog this week. Come by when you have a chance! :)

  5. Great job, I love the material and the feet. TFS

  6. Your work is marvelous as well as I also created same it in red color stand and attached in my sister room 's one of the of very oldest chair. Still now, she using it daily for study.

  7. The new look is styling and thrifty, looks great!

  8. Your project turned out great! Thanks for visiting my blog. I am your newest follower!

  9. I love it! The fabric and paint color, perfect!

  10. This looks so good. I always get nervous with reupholstering things but seeing the way you did this is encouraging. I have an ottoman (longer one) that has faux leather on it which my kids have totally destroyed. I may just try this.

  11. Love it! The fabric you chose is just lovely and the color of the feet.... perfect. Great tutorial!

  12. Awesome DIY Vanessa! Love the new look for your ottoman; great job centering the design, too.

    Val @


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