Monday, September 6, 2010

Stash Busting September & Ottoman Rewind

Okay, so I joined up with the T-Shirt Diaries to do a little 
Stash Busting September

So I figure this should be easy enough..... right. Well, we'll see.  The idea is to not buy anymore crafting supplies during September, but instead to use up all the stuff you already have.  
I have a ton of  crapola  errr, stuff I've been meaning to complete.  
Dear Hubs has been looking around the house lately with that itchy fidgety look that means he's concerned I may be auditioning for the new season of that show hoarders.  

BUT!!! I assure you, dear Hubs, there is a plan.  
I understand that he sees no value in the ottoman that I came across for free while in college.  There is actually an inspection tag on the bottom of this monstrosity dated November 1980.
Yes, it's ugly.
But it was free.
It's followed me through numerous apartments in college, into marriage and across three states. All at a time when we really couldn't afford new furniture. It followed faithfully and never complained about being covered by a blanket in sad attempts to dress it up. Or just camouflage (sp??) that just doesn't look right.....
She's been a faithful place to rest for the almost 15 yrs. that I've had her.  I will not give up on such faithful service without a fight. I am a firm believer in up-cycling. She just needs love. 
We have this great place call Top Dogs, anyone else have one???
It's warehouse type air conditioning :-(
It's all surplus, slightly damaged items on the cheap.  They have furniture too, but often not as cheap as my budget would prefer.  
So I ran across these about a month ago.  I had no idea what I needed them for but knew I had to give them a new home.
Does anyone else shop that way?????
They came two per box, $3 a box.  Ummmm...... so I scurried to the register with my treasures.  
To a Hubs growing suspicious of my hoarding tendencies,  I assume it was a little unclear why I needed four boxes of something that I had no immediate plans for.
To that I say.... Shut.Up. 
They're pretty.
I quickly decided the they would make perfect new "feet" for my much loved ottoman.  So I picked out new fabric for the ottoman.  
Are you dying yet???? You've already raced to the bottom of the post to see the fabric, I know......
I pinned up a slip cover for the ottoman.  
Seems there's not a great place in my house to take a picture. Why are they all so shadowy???  Back to the ottoman slip cover...
Stitched that baby up..
Flipped over the ottoman. Spent hours removing staples, etc. from years of someone's...... less sophisticated efforts to "fix" her........ 
Injured myself, as I am prone to do.....
Took a break here, called hubs at work to declare said injuries and request first aid intervention.
He was skeptical about the severity of my injuries..... pause for pictures.
He was not impressed. 
Note to self..... Find someone more sympathetic and less desensitized to my clumsiness. 
Get impatient for finding the right screws to attach the feet....... opt for the  quick fix  trusty Gorilla Glue instead.  So let me just sing the praises of Gorilla Glue one more time, is there anything better??? I think not!! I used this epoxy gorilla glue we had, sets in five minutes. 
Determined that this ottoman will last me at least 15 more years, hot glue AND staple the slip cover the bottom of the ottoman.
Flip her over........
Ahhhh!!! Love her more than ever, heart goes pitter patter. I am content. 
 Pause to pat yourself on the back, making sure to wrench your shoulder. Causing just enough discomfort to require a glass of wine.
Spend the rest of the afternoon texting the Hubs pics of the "new" ottoman from 40 million different angles so he to can revel in your genius. 

Adding an extra picture
Here's a little clearer pic with the new "feet".  The round parts were kind of flat on top so I sanded them just a tiny bit to make it a little flatter. 
The fabric was a remnant at Joann's. 
Fabric and new feet for this project were a total of $28.76
Not bad considering that ottomans can cost several hundred dollars!!!
All this stuff was sitting here, I just needed to finish it!!!! 

Now I gotta find a project for the other "feet" I bought last month!!! :-)

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Shell said...

Love your ottoman & that fabric. Do you know what it's called at Joann's? Thanks

Brandy said...

Thank you!! It says Diversitex Harmony, but I can't find it online. I looked so I could post the link but it's not there.

Lauren said...

Hi! I'm here from Craft-O-Maniac. Love your ottoman! Great job!

Have a great Labor Day!

Country Dreaming said...

Looks great --you did a super job!
But...I'd like to see these feet.
Are there just black feet or did you use the red ones too??
And I haven't forgotten the award you gave me--it's coming up.

See you soon.


Brandy said...

Thanks Melinda!!! I edited the post a little, needed a better pic of the feet!!!

Debbie said...

Brandy that turned out awesome....oh but your poor knuckles!~ I love the fabric too. Thanks for popping over, glad you learned a lil something new:)

Kylie said...

Where is this going in your house? I LOVE the colors!!!! And I almost banished my ottoman today! I think you might have saved her and inspirted her to have new life.

Brandy said...

Kylie, I'm just adding it in the hearth room. We had wanted to get a new couch for that room. But with so much going on, I decided to just redo the ottoman and add it for a make-shift sectional.

Linn Aka RedAries said...

awww adorable ottoman! I finally got one and can't live without it, so I can see why you carted her around for 15 years!!

Laura @ Ms Smartie Pants said...

This is the first time I have been to your blog, you had me snorting! I can so relate to much of what you say AND so can my husband. A friend called the other day to tell me to come look at a bunch of free furniture someone gave her. Of course I had to take it! But she is keeping it in her garage until I can get to it because I have no room!!! How is that for pathetic? I'll be back, great blog!

Julie said...

What a difference the fabric and feet make! The fabric is pretty and how smart to use those things as feet :) Visiting from TDC linky :)

Chrissie said...

I love the ottoman! I have been considering trying an upholstery project, you have inspired me. Chrissie

Chrissie said...

I love the ottoman! I have been considering trying an upholstery project, you have inspired me. Chrissie

Diane said...

OMGosh, that ottoman turned out great and yes, I need to take a break from buying craft supplies, but not so easy peasy for me, lol.

Thanks for visiting me over at Pittypat Paperie and leaving the nice comment about my altered beer carton.

Life in Rehab said...

*Standing ovation* That's an awesome upcycle, and she looks brand new! I'm also diggin' the feet completely.

Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

Stunning! I love it. That fabric is to die for ... great job!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

You cracked me up! You shop like I do and I swear if hubby asks me one more time what I am going to do with it I will flip out. More so then usual! Your feet, or whatever they originally were, came in quite handy for this project. I just love the fabric too. Great job!

Living Creatively said...

Wow, seriously fantastic! I love the fabric you chose.
Great, great-- and it's nice to know I'm not alone with my piles of "stuff" to use to make more "stuff" that I don't really need. Our husbands need their own support group. Poor babies.;-)

Ginger said...

Awww...I'm glad you gave her some new life! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

Patti said...

well done...I need one of these, so now you have inspired me!

Meredith @ Welcome to Heardmont said...

Well done! I love the fabric you chose. I recently recovered an ottoman but my fabric was much less fun haha. You've got my gears turning!

Matt and Kelli said...

Just stopping by from Shanty 2 Chic and I love the transformation! It makes me want to run every thrift store in town and see if I can find an ugly ottoman to transform. Love it!

Carol said...

Nicely done... every ottoman deserves classy feet!

Thanks so much for linking up!


Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

Oh, my gosh that's cute! I love the fabric!

My husband isn't too sympathetic, either. He usually just says "That's what you get for doing your own stunts." said...

That was wonderful. Great job.

Madigan at madiganmade said...

Adorable! Love the feet and the fabric.

devin said...

Such a bummer about your epic injurys but it definitely looks worth it! I love the finished product!

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Tanya said...

Fab fabric find! Love how you rejuvenated your ottoman.

Megan {Honey We're Home} said...

That is gorgeous! Great job- love the fabric! I have an ottoman I want to recover- Hope I'm not injured in the process:)