DIY Ottoman Refresh Project
Our ottoman. It is a beloved piece of furniture that has provided comfort to us for over 10 years…and is beginning to fall apart. One of my New Years’ goals is to take a more hands-on approach to doing things, so I pulled my socks up and decided to give our ottoman a well-deserved makeover with my DIY Ottoman Refresh Project.
Skill Level – Easy
I thought it would be more difficult to put together, but I found it was simple to do from start to finish.
Duration – 1 Hour
Like I said above, this project is really easy to do form start to finish. Taking photos made this job take longer.
Expense – Moderate
It depends on the tools/materials you currently have at home. Keep an eye out for sales for the staple gun and material. I bought 3 2/3 yards of canvas with a funky print for $30. This is WAY more than I needed and I will be using it for other projects. The staple gun can also cost between $20-$40. I bought the batting blanket and fill at dollar-themed store, but they can also be found at craft stores.
This is the poor state I let this piece of furniture get into.
I know! I feel awful! Life got the better of me, then I procrastinated on this task, but I could not take having to cover it up all the time. I love Christmas, but it can only be decorated like this for so long. Others at home did not mind the festive ottoman coverings.
What’s needed to get this DIY refresh project?
After creating a plan of action, I gathered together the materials I needed to get the job done.
- Material (preferably one that is sturdy)
- Staple gun and staples (one that can be used on upholstery)
- Utility or material Scissors
- Fiberfill stuffing
- Batting blanket
- Tape measure
- Meter stick
- Tarp or blanket (to keep the material for the ottoman clean) – optional
Having the correct measurements were key to its success. Spread out your tarp or blanket and roll out/unfold your material. Find the dimensions needed from the top of the ottoman to cut from my material.
Don’t forget about the lip of the ottoman! Add about 5 centimetres (or 2 inches) to compensate for the filling and blanket to be added to the ottoman.
Apply these measurements to the material and marked it off so you know how much to cut.
Use the measurements for the top of your ottoman for the batting blanket to cut and /or fold the amount you need and set aside.
Cut out the material I needed and set the remainder of it away.
Filling in the cracks
Use the fiberfill stuffing to fill in the holes my loved ones created. I made sure to make it flat so it would look not look lumpy when everything else is put on top of it.
Spread out the material on the surface you are using for the top of the ottoman. Place your pre-measured batting blanket on your workspace where you like it placed underneath the top of the ottoman. Bring your ottoman lid onto your workspace and line it up so it fits your ottoman.
It’s stapling time!
Fill your staple gun with staples. Go to one of the shorter ends of your ottoman lid and fold the material over the underside of the lid.
Place a staple in the middle of lip of the lid with your staple gun. Work your way to the edge with evenly spaced staples.
When you reach the edges, smooth out the material along the side of the ottoman. Fold and tuck the material tightly so the flap creates triangles.
Bring the flap of one of the longer sides of the ottoman lid up and pull it tightly to keep your folds together and secure it with a staple.
Do the same to the other side along this end of the ottoman lid.
Pull the material taut along one of the longer sides of the ottoman lid and secure it with staples. Go to the other longer length of the ottoman lid and repeat this step.
Move to the other shorter edge of the ottoman lid and repeat the stapling steps for the shorter edge detailed above.
Trim any access material on the ottoman lid to allow for the lid to sit well when placed back on the base of the ottoman.
There you have it! My ottoman lid has a new lease on life.
I no longer have to worry about the VPs or our furry family member pulling stuffing out of the ottoman lid. It also blends in well with the colour scheme of our living room.
I loved pulling off a project like this. It further reinforced the fact that these hands are capable of doing what I put my mind to. I now have more confidence to try new projects around my home. Refreshing this piece also saved me a bit of green from having to buy a new ottoman. I now have a new found love for one of my favourite pieces of furniture.
Do you have a piece of furniture around your home that needs some love? What would you do to breathe new life into it?
Until my next post, Readers!