A close-up of the ottoman before it's overhaul. Supplies: 1 Old Ottoman-$15 1 Can of Spray Primer-$2.99 1 Can of Sunburst Yellow Spray Paint -$3.29 1 Borrowed Staple Gun with 20 staples-free! 1/2 Yard of Vintage Fabric-$1.50 Total $22.78 plus tax The Process: First, I cleaned the undercarriage of the ottoman, to ensure the spray primer would cover well and set. Next, I sprayed the the undercarriage with the spray primer and let it dry for about 30 minutes. (If you're patient, you may want to follow the directions and wait one hour.) Then I sprayed the undercarriage with the sunburst yellow paint. In the sunlight, I didn't notice I'd missed a few spots until I brought it inside...luckily it won't be hard to touch up later. Lastly, I used my staple gun to cover the existing cushion with my vintage fabric. I used what I call the "wrap a present" method, where you fold the corners in and staple underneath. I don't love how this turned out on the ends and I may retry with the "tiny tuck and staple" method if I feel like locating my pliers, removing the staples and starting over. The Result: In the end, I'm happy with the ottoman and that I have enough change in my pocket to adopt another stray along the way!
Images: Alisha Peterson-Irwin