OK, let's see if I can keep up this trend of posting a little more regularly. Famous last words, right? One of my recent DIY projects is below: recovering an old ottoman purchased on eBay for the sweet tune of $25. In looking for cool and interesting pieces for my living room, I stumbled across this bad boy:
The steer horn legs were bad ass, but the pink crap fabric just had to go.
I was in Fishman's Fabrics (Chicago) getting some linen for slipcovers (captured here in the shockingly bad photography of my last post), and stumbled across a pile of leather remnants. Even though leather is kind of tricky to work with, and I have zero upholstery experience (with the exception of recovering dining room chairs, which is easy as hell), I decided anything was better than that dingy cotton candy pink velour. So I picked up a remnant for $15 and went to town!
But first, I totally dismantled the ottoman. Wasn't my intention, but once I got started, I couldn't stop. This thing was old as hell and there were about 50,000 staples in it. I was positive I was going to get tetanus ripping them all out.
The end product was...okay. In the weeks between finishing this project and writing this post, I dropped my iPhone (duh) and had to get a new one, meaning several of my pictures are still floating somewhere in cyberspace. So I don't have tons of photos to show you the finished product, but here it is, from a distance:
An improvement, yes, but still kinda meh. It still needed a little pizzazz, so I went to my failsafe: a sheepskin. Drop one of those on there, and, ta da! Suddenly I'm serving up some fabulous Scandinavian realness (the Instagram filter also helps).
Not a bad look for 40 bucks! I felt extra proud when I was at Jayson Home and Garden and saw the Francisco stool for $175.
A slightly different look, but still, same idea. DIY, baby!!!
Last but not least, and because it's been a while since I posted a picture of the dude, allow me to share this gem with you. How do I ever manage to leave the house when he's giving me 100% guilt trip with those sweet little eyes?!