Before & After: Recovered Ottomans

Oooh, I love a good before & after! Aren’t makeovers so fun?

We’ve had these leather cube ottomans for a few years now. Simon’s mom gave them to him for his birthday or Christmas a few years back. They’ve served their purpose well, storing miscellaneous electronic stuff as well as our DVD collection (minimal). Lately, though, they’re looking a little worse for wear and I’ve been wanting to recover them. I was cruising Etsy and found this awesome fabric that I fell in love with:

It’s by Anna Griffin – the Alix collection from last year, I think. I love that it’s Ikat-esque but also with a hint of moire. It’s just different. I spent a whopping $25 to get 3 yards and it arrived in the mail quickly.

I can’t find a good picture of the cubes before, but here they are in the old house, up against the wall:

And here they are now!

I even had enough fabric left over to cover a little kidney pillow that I had upstairs, unused.

Overall, I am really pleased. It was a very simple project and I had it done in 4 hours. I had made a pattern out of kraft paper – basically I just cut a bunch of 18″ squares and sewed them all together. They’re fully removable so I can still get into the cubes to get out our DVDs and stuff. Plus, they’re washable! My only little cheat was that I used fabric glue to attach the grosgrain trim. Shhhh! Don’t tell anyone!

The living room, for the most part, is complete. I rearranged the furniture — I basically shopped our house (hee hee) and moved things around. I still have absolutely nothing on the walls. I know I want to do something different, but I just don’t know what that is yet. I want something fabulous. Maybe a really enormous photograph or something. Or a big starburst mirror.

My next project is that I am making a skirted table. I ordered this fabric for cheapo:And my finished project will hopefully look like this:

I’ll keep you updated on how that one turns out!

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3 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Nikki said,

    Your ottomans turned out really good, great fabric choices.

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    Erin said,

    i wish i could sew! and i’ve been trying to think of something for the big wall in our bedroom as well. i want it to be super. let me know what you decide on for your living room! love this blog and love that fabric 🙂

  3. 3

    AnNicole said,

    Great job! The ottomans look fantastic. I can’t wait to see your skirted table.


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