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How to turn a boring storage ottoman into a one of a kind piece


It’s challenge time again! Yay! This month, we are tackling all things Organizing! Using all sorts of baskets, boxes and bins…  πŸ™‚ For my entry this month I’m going to show you How to turn a boring storage ottoman into a one of a kind pieceHow to Turn an Old Storage Ottoman into a One of a Kind Piece!9 Creative Storage Solutions you can DIY

You know the drill by now – because it’s our #MonthlyDIYChallenge, there are a bunch of other fab projects from our bloggy friends linked up to this post, so make sure you scroll to the links at the bottom of this post and check them all out! 

If you’ve been in any big box store or high volume, mass produced furniture store in the last decade, then you know this ottoman, or at least one like it. Dated, dingy, scratched, bi-cast, faux leather – pretty much just utilitarian due to the fact that you can hide stuff inside them. Lots of people have them. Ours has been hiding under a faux fur throw rug.

How to makeover a faux leather ottoman

Despite being borderline hideous, I’ve never considered ditching this ottoman. In fact, we’ve moved it from room to room because it’s just so dang useful. But we wanted to coordinate it with our home decor a little more. Read: rid it of the ugly factor.

Here’s what I used for this project:

So I picked up two types of fabric – a basic white cotton canvas and a large scale plaid. The plaid is actually a vinyl weave I found in the ‘outdoor and automotive‘ section of the fabric store. I know it will wear well and stand up to the kitty/doggy/dirty people test.

I disassembled the ottoman and measured the base. It’s approximately 16×42 and about 11 inches high. So I cut two pieces of white that were 16.5×15 to allow lots of room for pull and staples. The other two pieces were 42.5×15. Then I sewed them together into a giant loop or slipcover or infinity scarf – whatever you want to call it.  πŸ™‚Storage ottoman DIY Makeover

It slid over the base of the ottoman snuggly (and cuddly) and then I just used my upholstering staple gun to pull it all tight. Beauty. I made sure to make slits in the fabric in the spots where the screws would have to go.

How to reupholster a storage ottoman

For the top, I did the same thing, but with the plaid piece.

New real wood legs , reattach all the hinges and arms and voila! *Note* Move kitty cat from the ottoman before proceeding with hardware reattachment.  πŸ™‚ hahaReupholstering a faux leather storage ottoman

Ugly bi-cast ottoman no more!DIY Reupholstered Storage Ottoman in Bold Plaid

What a relief.  πŸ™‚ Now it is home in our sunroom, but there are ongoing discussions about moving this to the end of our bed.How to update a storage ottoman

Who knows? πŸ™‚ Either way, for about $25 – this ottoman looks brand new. Yippee!Storage Ottoman Recovered in Bold Plaid Fabric

And see how I snuck an actual basket into these shots just to make sure I was jiving with the true Basket, Bins and Boxes theme of this challenge. LOLDIY Storage Ottoman


You know what else is cause for celebration? The rest of these fabulous bloggers who ALL have amazing Storage Ideas for you!


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