Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Thrift store ottoman rescue

DIY Day @ ASPTL


It's DIY Day at Kimba's. Guess what I've been working on?

I knew I loved ottomans, but it seems my fondness for them has become apparent to my husband as well. He asked me if I was going to start an ottoman business and call it The Ottoman Empire. Ha, ha.

Really, though, I just can't seem to get enough of them. And why not? Is there a more versatile piece of furniture?

I found this treasure at the Habitat for Humanity thrift store the other day and snapped it up. It was ugly but structurally quite sound. $10 out of my wallet into the coffers of one of my favorite charities, and I got an ottoman. That seemed like a good deal to me.




Luckily I had lots of fabric left over from the new bedding I made this spring. And with a bit of help from my staple gun and my glue gun, look what I have now:




An ottoman. Covered in houndstooth fabric. With cedar-lined storage. I think I'm in love.

This cutie is going in my closet, which has been subject to a massive clean-out. I've wanted a place to perch in there. Now I can sit in style.

But I may have to beat the rest of the family to my new treasure. Look who had a seat while I was snapping pictures!



Check out all the fun do-it-yourself projects at Kimba's!

34 comments:

Della said...

Love it! May I borrow it? Please? Just for a little while?

I need to find myself an ottoman- I have none.

Jennifer Juniper said...

Cute :) I just picked up a vintage settee at my Goodwill this week and I've been OBSESSED with working it over. See? You've given me more inspiration :)

Sara said...

Luuuurve!! And the puppy's pretty cute too...

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Absolutely adorable! I love the fabric you chose. :) What a diamond in the rough! Visiting from Kimba's party! :)

Twice Remembered said...

What a transformation! Love it!

mandiegirl said...

That fabric is great- you did a fantastic job!!!

Ashley's Busy said...

oh my gosh, that pup made my day!

Amy@DesigningaLifeILove said...

Oh wow, what a treasure!! The puppy seems to think so, too!!

Gwen said...

Don't take this the wrong way, but I think that I like your little helper the best.

You did a great job on your ottoman. I have one sitting here just crying out for help, so I am grateful for your project ideas.

Hattie said...

What great fabric. I think I like the cute doggy just as much! Now I'm going to keep an eye out for an ottoman needing some love.

Anny said...

Wow - only $10! What a steal - its beautiful. Your posing dog made me laugh :)

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Great job and I adore that fabric!

Mandi said...

LOVE it! I have been intending to go by our Habitat Store for a while now and just haven't made it, but I think it will now be a priority. Love the blue houndstooth!

Cheri Peoples said...

I LOVE the fabric.

I am starting a NEW Mr. Linky party. It will begin on Aug 10th so everyone will have a week and a half to think about their first post. I have a poll up for votes on which button should be the new button. The "party" is called The Knock Off Knock Out-where THRIFTY meets creative sensation. Go over and learn more about the new weekly event and I would appreciate if you would cast your vote and HELP pick the new button design and its the last week for the July GIVE-A-Way, if you would like to be a part of that event..
Cheri

Heidi said...

simply loverly!

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick said...

WOW I love it!!!

Beachbrights said...

Ok...too cute and that sweet dog just ups the cuteness factor!!

XOXO

Thanks for your comments about my bathroom. I need to find what I want, get organized and then dig in! You have motivated me!!!

The Cockrells said...

oh, i DO love that! the fabric is GREAT!

Melissa Stover said...

so nice! the dog makes it look even cuter.

Kammy said...

Hi Richella !
Caaaaaaute !!!
Never no it was the same piece, just fab !
Houndstooth is such a classic and I am sure it will be a hit for years !
Great job,
Kammy

Delightful Dwelling said...

Very cute, love the fabric.

Ms. Tee said...

That's amazing - love it!

Tania said...

That is so awesome! I love it. Thanks for the inspiration.

The Hopkins Home said...

Awesome!! Your dog looks so cute sitting on it! Looks like some great storage too - good job!

Heather at Happy Chippy Junk said...

Woah!! That is kinda (really really) amazing!! Fab Job!!

Dawn said...

you have room to sit in your closet? wow! it looks fantastic! a great find adn a better fix!

Britt said...

Beautiful! I love the houndstooth!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hi, my friend! Oh, that looks fantastic. I'm loving houndstooth these days & that looks So great. You did good, the before was really horrendous, now it's a jewel. What a cutie pie doggie!

HeathahLee said...

That looks GREAT! I have an ottoman I have needed to redo for months and just haven't quite figured out which fabric I'm going to use. I'm too indecisive! Yours looks so good! And with the pooch's approval, you know it's good! : )

Tricia Anne said...

I love it! Such a cute box!

Rona's Home Page said...

I love the last photo with your finished project and your dog. Very cute!
Great work by the way!

Jessica Morris said...

wow - very clever!! you did a great job with it! :)

Amanda said...

Oh, I love it! You did a fantastic job turning something ugly into such a beautiful piece of furniture!

Anonymous said...

Very nice. When I looked at the first pic, I thought no way would I have paid $10 but then I saw the storage and the redo! Wow! I like reading your blog.

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