For a very long time, I had been looking for a square coffee table to make into an ottoman. Then, last year, at the Habitat Resale store, I found a perfect square ottoman. It had just the right fabric cover too. But, now, with a whole new color/decor scheme in our living room – it needed an update. I’m sharing my adventures recovering an ottoman.
Perfect Square Tufted Ottoman
First Step – Remove the Upholstered Top
Removal of the Buttons
I began from the center to remove the buttons. My first intention was to preserve the string and the cotton batting for reuse. My plan was to repeat the manner of the button attachments by pulling the string, using batting and stapling to the frame. I later discovered it would be better to use all new string and to use a different method to pull the buttons taut.
Painting the Wooden Frame and Legs
Before I began removing buttons, I painted the frame with sample paint – Valspar Mushroom. I painted two coats for a base. Then once dried I dry-brushed Amy Howard At Home One Step Paint in Chelsea Square. I love the affect of these two colors combined.
Attaching the Buttons
I first set the Ottoman on four chairs – lifting it from the ground so that I could access both the top and the bottom. That didn’t work quite well! It also didn’t work to attempt to try to staple the twine to the frame – I resorted to using buttons. Once the Buttons were attached on the top with both ends of the twine strung below, I would turn over the upholstered frame; run the string through the two holes in a button; draw tight on the string and tie it off. I still used the cotton batting to draw the decorative buttons in even tighter. This worked quite well. This is also the most time consuming part of the project!
The Reupholstered Ottoman
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