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Ottoman Overload

Two project posts in one week. When the husband is away the wife will play!

Anyway, this weekend I was set out to find an ottoman to redo. I had been scouring Craigslist for months and couldn’t find any online, so I turned to Garage Sales and Thrift Stores. Saturday the girls, baby Coen and I set out early morning to find one. I not only failed on the ottoman portion, but I didn’t find really anything exciting. Bummed, I thought I had given up for the weekend, until Sunday evening around 4:00PM. My sister and I were sitting around that afternoon and the girls mentioned how we went thrifting the day before. She said she would love to join next time, so I looked up some more stores and their hours and we hit the road. We have a street with three back-to-back stores and the girls and I found a ton of treasures to redo. Maren loved looking at clothes and Alexa found gadgets to redo. My sister found a vintage camera and I found my ottoman!!! I was so happy. I went back and forth about getting it, b/c I kept picturing two square ottomans in my mind. I figured for $12 it was all worth it.

before and after


It was all torn up on the top, but I figured I would redo the entire thing so it didn’t matter. This was pretty ugly, right? Except for the baby. He makes my pics extra cute!

Ottoman 2


Maren and I got it home and instantly set to work cutting off the leather fabric on top. She was so eager to help, so I couldn’t turn her down. This little lady has the DIY bug for sure. For once, a project went a lot better then I could have imagined. We took all the fabric off and then we stapled the new one over the padding. The nice part is that I could staple right under the inside lining, so I didn’t even have to redo that.


final room
After looking at this I decided only to redo the top and leave the base since it was in almost perfect condition. For the top I did it in a Nate Berkus fabric I found at Calico Corners for 75% off making it $13. It was super thick and would be perfect for how rough we are with furniture. The total price for my new ottoman
$11.98 Ottoman
$13.13 Fabric
(I had the rest of the items (staple and glue gun)
For a total of $25.11.

The crazy part is that when I flipped the ottoman upside down it had a price tag of $299.99 from Kohl’s. Maren and I still can’t get over that price!

Maren my helper

Not bad for this little ottoman. Plus, I now have storage for his baby toys.

ottoman with toys

2 Comments on Ottoman Overload

  1. Midsommarflicka
    07.29.2014 at 7:02 pm (5 years ago)

    Your DIYer in Training is gorgeous! So is your ottoman :)

    • Niki
      07.29.2014 at 7:40 pm (5 years ago)

      Thank you! My littles love thrifting with me. It makes it a lot more fun.


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