If you have priced out ottoman's lately you would know that it was a pretty great steal! Tufted ottomans go for around $99 and up depending on the quality, fabric and store.
I decided that I needed her for my closet and so she came home with me. Even though I loved the lines, woodwork and tufting...she needed an update! I am not a fan of faded red velvet. You?
I started looking through my fabric stash and came across this navy and white striped fabric that I picked up at Ikea last year. I knew it would be perfect in my little closet. The only supply that I had to buy for this project was this cover button kit. It was $4.99! A pretty cheap project... if I do say so myself!
First things first...the legs had to come off, then I stripped the nail head trim off, and I ended up with swiss cheese foam! :)
The fun part started by using my power staple gun. I carefully stapled the striped fabric to the backside of the foam and already existing wood.
Not a pretty picture, I know! Just you wait!
After I used the cover button kit to make 11 buttons (8 navy & 3 white), I found this upholstery kit at my momma's house and started threading the wax thread up through the existing holes on the back.
Once the needle reach the top, I pulled it through and added the button. Then it was time to thread the string back down.
I really think that this step was the hardest part of this whole process. The foam was so thick that I had to use pliers to push the upholstery pin up through the foam and then try to grab the needle before it would slip back down! (upholstery newbie here people!)
Once all of the buttons were added, it was time for the tufting. I made a large knot on the back with the thread and really pulled the string taut. Then I added a few staples to keep the thread from moving.
Once I saw these little humps forming...I knew I was doing something right!
I screwed the legs back on and brought her back upstairs and placed her in my closet.
Can I say that I am totally smitten with this little beauty!??
It isn't perfect, but neither am I! I learned a lot from this project and know that my next tufted creation will be dynamite!
Have you all ever tackled tufting? Any tips for a newbie?
Happy Wednesday All!
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