This is an old post, from my old website, about my old ottoman. The ottoman was old and badly worn, but some new fabric gave it a whole new look in under a hour. A year later and it still looks awesome.
I have 3 different projects in the works - all waiting for Spring to hit, and the snow to take a hike. Until that happens I can't get outside to paint! SO, in lieu of holding my breath, and risking imminent death, I thought I'd post this about recovering an old ottoman (it was so old it could be from the Ottoman Empire - get it? I'm so sorry.)
Anyway, here was the problem with the old ottoman:
(Yes, sadly I didn't just throw it away! In fact I used it! )
All four corners had split, and although I had sewn the edges back together before, years of the "little darlings" jumping on the furniture, had not helped any. It was definitely time to either re-cover the thing or buy a new one. At that point in time, I'd rather cover it than spend the money on a new ottoman, but I thought, "we'll see how it looks after the restoration".
Taking a good look at the ottoman, I realized that it wasn't in terrible condition structurally, and, I really
First, I unscrewed the legs, which took all of about 23 seconds:
Then, using the utility knife, I plucked the buttons off of the top of the ottoman - another 17 seconds. This was my kind of work!
I laid out the fabric, wrong side up, which is a leather-like material (sounds so much better than pleather). And then plopped the ottoman in the center, upside down.
I made sure the edges wrapped up and around the ottoman, with about 3" spare on the underside. I pulled the fabric taught, and started stapling all the way around, keeping it tight. After I got staples around all four sides, I went back and filled in with staples, about 2 inches apart.
When I got to the corners, I spent what seemed like several hours (in reality it was 10 minutes) trying to get the "pleats" to look nice. With limited patience, here is what I said to myself: "Oh for goodness sake, just staple the dang thang and get this over with!". And so I did. I used the handy utility knife to cut the excess fabric, and I screwed the legs back on. Presto!
After spending only about 1 hour on this I was very happy with the results.
(Later that year... the ottoman still looks great. I'm happy I covered it, and I still like the "pleather" fabric.)