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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Guest Post: Karin from Yankee Doodle Designs


Hi I'm Karin
 and I blog over at Yankee Doodle Designs. Let me start by just saying a BIG Thank You to Allison for having me guest post here at  A Glimpse Inside while she is on maternity leave, I really hope she is enjoying every moment with that precious new baby, the time goes by so quickly and they grow up so fast, I still can't believe I'm gonna be a Grandma in just a few months!

I am really excited to be here to share an awesome Ottoman Makeover with you today. This ottoman was a $25 Craigslist find, I had just ordered my new sectional and had gone way over my budget. There wasn't much left over for a new ottoman or coffee table, so I scoured Craigslist for a few weeks while waiting for my new sectional to arrive. The ottoman looked like this when I began

It was pretty ugly and had a rip in the fabric, but it had great bones. I stripped it down and then my search for fabric began, I found this nice striped cotton at Joann's and got a great deal on it. I really liked that it had the same shade of sage green as my sectional and it also matched the cream of my carpeting plus 2 other neutral shades that would work well with the rest of my room.

Now came the fun part, sewing the cover. I've done some sewing and I've covered a few chair seats but  never something this large or intricate. I searched Pinterest and the bloggosphere for a tutorial on how to reupholster an ottoman. After reading several I quickly realized I was gonna have to wing it. The most challenging part was getting the seams and the stripes to line up. After I had pinned and sewed and pinned and sewed some more, I pulled the fabric as tight as possible and stapled it to the underside of the ottoman.
As you can see the legs were a bit of a challenge but I managed to make it work.
Not perfect but, it works for me.
Once that was complete I covered the plywood bottom of the ottoman with a piece of fabric to give it a more finished look.

So for about $65.00 ($25.00 for the ottoman and about $40.00 for the fabric, it was 50% off plus I had an additional military discount) I have a fabulous new ottoman/coffee table at a savings of about $600.00. That's right the ottoman that matches my couch was a wapping $659.00

I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!! It is just the right height for the couch and long enough that there is room to put your feet up and still have room for the tray to put your drink on. I was really impressed with how well it came out and how much my sewing skills have improved in the last few months. Thanks for letting me share this project with you today, and again a BIG thank you to Allison for giving me the opportunity to guest post. If you would like to see how the rest of my family room is shaping up come on over and visit me at
Yankee Doodle Designs
Until Next Time

It looks great Karin! Thanks for sharing! 


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