DIY: ottoman refinished



                                                          An old lift top ottoman with a magazine rack that I refinished to a more clean and updated look. See my process below to learn how this can be easily done with any piece of furniture lying around the home.

So, the first thing I did was take the upholstered foot rest off of the ottoman.

Next I placed masking tape - equally from each other just like the stripes that will be painted. Then I applied the paint over the tape. 

And this is how it turned out when the tape was taken off. 

While this paint was drying, I painted the legs of the ottoman
a shade of grey. 

 I went back to the stripes to fill in the gaps with the grey color. 

This is how it looked like when I was done. I didn't want straight 
stripes, so I did a little hand strokes to make those notches on 
the stripes. 

Now onto the other side. I used a different technique - where I painted 
the entire surface grey first. 

After the grey paint dried, I placed the masking tape and painted the purple stripes. I repeated the same thing on the opposite side. 

Now onto the front- I painted most of it grey. I left the inside 
it's original wood grain. 

Then I painted the rails purple to accentuate their elegance. 

Now onto the upholstered foot rest. I had some left over Ikea fabric that I decided to use. I'm sure everyone is very familiar with this fabric!

I took off the hinges first to be able to reupholster.
Then I started stapling away around the foot rest. 

This is how it turned out. 

Then I screwed back the hinges on to the foot rest. 

I wanted to give the fabric a little update of its own so that it is a nice contrast to the ottoman base. I used some bronze fabric paint to do this. 

A small brush was good enough to paint the shapes I wanted.

I filled in the white spaces in between the pattern. 

This is what it looked like at the end. 


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