Before & After: Laura's "Simple & Cheap" Ottoman Redo

Before & After: Laura's "Simple & Cheap" Ottoman Redo

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Janel Laban
Mar 11, 2011

Laura, a regular Apartment Therapy reader was on the hunt for an affordable ottoman. When nothing suitable turned up, she took matters into her own hands and went the DIY route. Here is her story...and the great looking finished results…

...and the After!

Laura writes: I wanted to share my simple and cheap ottoman makeover. After hunting for a large upholstered ottoman for months, I got frustrated that I couldn't find anything for less than $800 and decided to give up on finding something in the stores. I found a cheap ottoman on craigslist for $40, purchased 1.5 yards of fabric for $15 and got wood legs from Home Depot and stained them for about $30. I stapled the fabric on, used a button kit from Joann Fabric to button tuft the top, and then used fabric fuse to secure the edges so my kids wouldn't wreck it in two days. So far it is holding up well against a 1.5 and 3.5 year old - who love to jump to and from the couch. And I saved about $700 that I can now spend somewhere else in the house!

Thanks, Laura!

Images: Laura

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