Monday, February 11, 2013

giving a plain storage ottoman new life.
Jane @ urbanejane.8:15 AM 54 comments

So, you know those pseudo-suede storage ottomans you see in Wal-mart, or other such fine establishments?

Well, we received one for a wedding gift (thank you, dear guest), and every time we tripped on it in our living room, it's served as a lovely reminder of our nuptials.




It looked very similar to what you see here (unfortunately I forgot a before shot), except the fake-suede on it was stretched and sort of sagging on all sides (even though we barely used it!).

It came with a smaller box inside, almost like a russian doll, but a lot less exciting, as it was too small to be used for anything. I decided to give the ottoman some use & give it a pizzazz-y makeover (rather than leaving it as a stumbling block, literally).

My MIL used left over material from the baby bedding, and stapled it directly to the ottoman like so:


Sorry, we forgot to take any pictures of the process, but this is what it looked like in the end...



And it's lil' sidekick also received a facelift using some taupe suzani fabric also leftover from the crib.


I think I might just use the smaller guy for when my little man wants a comfy stool to sit on while reading.


These chic guys are definitely making my frumptastic nursing chair look extra ghetto by comparison...

It just reminds you of what a little bit of leftover fabric can do!

Have a wonderful Monday!
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About The Author Urbane Jane I'm Jane and I'm glad you stopped by! I live in Ontario, Canada, and teach in a middle school by day & blog about my life & hobbies by night.

54 comments:

  1. Great idea, much more economical than buying a custom fabric ottoman.

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  2. Love it! The fabric pattern you chose is really pretty!

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  3. That looks so wonderful, Jane! The fabric is what really makes it spectacular. :)

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  4. Now they look fab - great prints & colors! Thanks for linking to the Craftastic Monday party at Sew Can Do!

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  5. What a great idea! I have two leather storage cubes like this and could definitely use them in my girls nurseries! Now off to find pretty pink fabric!! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Adorable and beautiful fabric. Stopping by from A Pinch of Joy party.

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  7. love it. nothing is better than a re-uphostery job to make something more beautiful!

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  8. very cute makeover. I have a vinyl one I keep meaning to do but...
    I love that you have one for your son to use as well

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  9. I think I'm going to do this tonight. I have one of those fake suede cube ottomans that is left over from my fiance's bachelor days. I have some left over fabric from another project too! Thanks for the idea!

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  10. Great idea. This looks way better than it did originally. I love it. I am hosting a link party and would love it if you would link up. http://www.ifitsnotbaroquedesignblog.blogspot.com/

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  11. Love this.. stopping from sugar bees hop!

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  12. I really like this! Gives me some ideas for revamping my ottoman!

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  13. I've seen this done many time but I love that fabric!

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  14. I love your blog. I saw your blog at Elizabeth @ Co. Glad that I stopped by . I am your newest follower .. Stop on by The Rusty Pearl and follow if you like. I love a great blog.. YOURS is certainly one of those .. HUGs and have a blessed week ...

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  15. Hello, I'm your newest follower. I found you on Girlish Whims blog hop and came to visit your blog. I will visit often and hope you will visit my blog sometime.
    Best
    Angel

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  16. LOL! Frumptastic and extra ghetto. I thought I was the only one that spoke like that.:D It turned out awesome and I love all of the soothing colors.

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  17. Love the look. You are so smart. :)

    Thanks for linking up at today's blog hop. See you next week?

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  18. Hi Jane! So glad to have found you on the Winthrop's Link Party. :) Your ottoman looks awesome! Great job on the update! Just checked out your nursery reveal...all I can say is WOW. Following you on GFC!

    http://enjoyerofgrace.blogspot.com/

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  19. Turned out awesome! I love that fabric.

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  21. What a wonderful up-do! I found you at Monday Funday and would like to invite you to share this (or any post you would like) to my new party ~ Project Inspire{d} ~ http://cupcakesandcrinoline.com/2013/02/project-inspired-link-party-week-1/

    Thanks so much and have a wonderful week!

    Mary Beth

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  22. I found you through a linky party. I think this is great. I have pinned this to my Chevrons Pinterest board. Read my post about Creative Paninis and see my Pinterest:
    http://www.thelostapron.com/2013/02/panini.html

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  23. Love the new fabric! Great job! Thanks for sharing!

    -Lindsey
    appleofmamaseye.blogspot.com

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  24. So nice renewal and love the chevron fabric! Have a wonderful day

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  25. Looks great! love the color and pattern you chose in the fabric.

    <3 Christina @ I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original link party is open.

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  26. Love both your ottomans! We never got one for our little girls' room, but I might just have to cover one to match. I'd be thrilled if you'd link up at this week's Off the Hook!

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  27. OH my heck! that is our exact ottoman! I'm so excited, I never even thought to give it a little makeover! Thanks!

    Found you on Blissful and Domestic Linky

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  28. LOVE the fabric - so funky but in those gorgeous minty pastels. Great job! x

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  29. WOW!! What an amazing transformation! It looks like a totally new piece. Love the fabric you chose. Would you consider sharing it at my party? I'd be so thrilled to have you there. http://www.oneartsymama.com/2013/02/shine-on-fridays-67-and-giveaway.html

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  30. Love the colors and the patterns -- great idea! Thanks so much for sharing on busy Monday!

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  31. That turned out great! I love how the ottoman comes with a random smaller cube--like a tag along little brother or something :)

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  32. Love this! How did you do the smaller cube??

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  33. LOVE IT!!!

    Thanks so much for partying at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality! Can't wait to see what you link up tomorrow evening!!

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  34. CONGRATS!!!
    You have been featured at The DIY Dreamer!!! Come on over and grab your featured button, you deserve it! http://thediydreamer.com/from-dream-to-reality/features-54/

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  35. Hi Jane. This is lovely. I love the fabric. I'm featuring this at tomorrow's Thriving on Thursday linky party. Thanks so much for linking up. Hope to see you again soon.

    Anne xx

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  36. Thanks so much for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday, I featured this on my blog today! Come stop by and grab a featured button :) http://www.mygirlishwhims.com/2013/02/your-whims-wednesday-99-and-features.html

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  37. I'm making over my ottoman too! I love the fabric you chose!!

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  38. Featuring YOU today! :)

    Ginger @ GingerSnapCrafts.com

    http://www.gingersnapcrafts.com/2013/02/10-diy-home-decorating-projects-featured.html

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  39. I would like to invite you to my linky party Thrifty Thursday!

    appleofmamaseye.blogspot.com

    Hope to see you there!

    -Lindsey

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  40. i love the fabric. i wonder if it comes in grey and yellow.

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  41. What a great update! I love your fabric choices. Was it a big pain in the behind to do? We have a set similar to yours and I would love to change it away from the black pleather it is now...

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  42. I love it! Totally awesome :)

    Jenny
    Www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

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  43. not sure if this was asked but hoe much fabric was used for the larger ottoman?

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    1. We used the leftover fabric from another project, but if I could estimate, I'd say about a yard. It depends on the size of your ottoman. I hope that helps.

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  44. This is so useful!! after sweeping the world wide web on how to spruce up our ottoman, this is highly on top of my DIY list! But I'd make my ottoman double as a cutesy artsy fartsy storage pod to store our books! This will be my summer project!

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  45. This is beautiful! Great job. (Came over from Emily A. Clark!)

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  46. Love that you were able to recycle one of your wedding gifts :) Thanks for linking up.

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Jane