K, so about a year and a half ago our family room ottoman got a much needed makeover. We have had it for about 10 years or so, and I originally rescued it from the neighbor’s curb. After ripping off all of the old, ugly, dog chewed fabric, it was hosed down with Lysol and Raid and recovered with a taupe colored remnant.
This was the ottoman last year, before the makeover:
I found some durable, kid resistant zebra fabric to cover the ottoman. I thought it would be cool to teach myself how to tuft a piece of furniture while I was at it.
We were really happy with the makeover – for a little while. I thought the ottoman was super cute in it’s zebra print, but y’all: no matter how strong I made my tufts, they were no match for my sweet boys, their friends, and lots of sitting, jumping, foot resting, laundry folding, and otherwise every day life around here. Two of the six tufts popped out, and many of the staples started to come loose. I kept restapling, trying to fix the fabric. We had spills and could only try to scrub them out.
I was frustrated because this piece of furniture gets recovered every ten years, right? It still had like 9 and a half years left before its next makeover. :/ Grrr. Then I came across a tutorial for a ruffled ottoman slipcover on the seriously beautiful blog, Dear Lillie. (Have you ever checked her blog out? Oh my gosh. I could look at her home for HOURS.) Anyway, the heavens parted, the birds were singing…I knew that my ottoman fabric should be reworked into a slipcover. One that could come off and on easily, be thrown into the wash, and take just about whatever this family could throw at it.
Sure, I had to rip off my tufts. I was a little disappointed to see my hard work gone to waste. But I think that feeling lasted all of three seconds because I was SO excited about this new slip cover.
Now y’all know I don’t sew. So I enlisted my cute Mama to help me. I’ll have to spare you a slipcover tutorial because I would probably confuse you since I really don’t know what I’m doing. Check out Jennifer’s tutorial HERE on how to make this slipcover, but here are a few pictures to highlight the most important parts:
This makeover required one more yard of fabric. Luckily Hobby Lobby still sold it!! We started by pinning the corner fabric down into a straight line and cut off the excess fabric.
Then my mom sewed the corners to make them look clean and streamlined. (I love it so much more already!)
P.S. Yes, yes! we finally got sofas in the front room thanks to my parents! They recently moved and were ready for new sofas, so we inherited their set. I haven’t really added pillows or anything yet to them, but I’m looking forward to it!
Once the four corners were ready, we cut strips of fabric and created a ruffle. The ruffle was pinned into place and attached to the bottom of the slipcover.
Here’s my new and improved zebra ottoman! Whoohoo!
I love it so much more because it is machine washable. I just take it off and throw it in the washer. And the ruffles are so cute. It reminds anyone who comes over that yes, there are lots of boys here, but a girl lives in this house, too.
And I mentioned before that we rearranged our family room awhile back. Here is what it looks like now:
All of the furniture moved counter clockwise. The TV used to be under the windows because the cable outlet was there, but I didn’t like how it blocked the light. Well, we cut out cable service because we didn’t really need it, and now we don’t need a cable outlet. So the TV got moved across the room!
The sofa used to face the fireplace, but now that it’s under the windows, the room is so much more open. I love the difference. I need to put up pictures or something above and around the TV. Add that to my list. But I still love looking at our 42 cent abstract art above the mantle.
Yes, I haven’t bought my family room curtains yet. I’ve priced them, and it’s going to cost about $200. Every time I think I can swing it that month, something comes up, and the curtains have to wait a little while longer. Maybe I’ll ask for curtains for Christmas.
Just for a little day-in-the-life-of…this is what I usually find on the mantle. Pickle likes to hide his toys when he’s afraid J might mess with them.
And clearly the boys approve of the ottoman makeover. Let’s just hope this makeover lasts another 10 years.
Thanks so much for your help, Mom!! I love you!!