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Let Go of Perfect

For our bedroom project, I bought a chair.  It’s a beautiful chair but I was really looking for something with some pattern or color. And I’m not a fan of the light wood legs.  I really liked the texture of the button tufting though and when I saw the price, $190 there was really no way I couldn’t buy it considering I had a mittful of giftcards for that particular store.  I ended up paying $26 out of pocket for it.  For a whole chair!  I was pretty excited about that.  Here’s a photo of it in store.


Then I was on a mission to find an ottoman to go with it.  An impossible task!  I wanted something with that color and pattern the chair was missing.  And I also wanted a matching pillow for the chair.  I’d never find a pair out shopping and custom ordering an ottoman and pillow was WAY out of the budget.  Every ottoman I saw in my travels was at least $200.  Crazy.

I decided then that I would find a used one and recover it. After all, recovering an ottoman is one of the easiest DIY projects out there.  They’re small and easy to handle and don’t take a lot of materials to finish.  I went fabric shopping first and found this lovely coral pattern in orange.  PERFECT!

coral fabric

Well, do you think I could find a suitable used ottoman?  I wasn’t picky about shape or fabric, but I was picky on price.  AND I didn’t want a leather one because putting fabric over leather is icky and I also didn’t want the work of removing the leather first. I couldn’t find anything!

Then I thought I’d make one.  Some plywood, some foam, some little legs…wouldn’t be too hard right?  And then, in the same store I bought my chair from, I came upon this:


It was on clearance for $94.  It had really cute dark wood legs and was just the perfect size. It was purple sateen….ew. It’s not often I buy something new with the intention of altering it, but it seemed that I’d shopped and shopped and shopped for something perfect and wasn’t finding it.  I quickly thought about price…I could likely save some money if I went ahead and made one like I had intended.   But how much?  $30?  I was willing to spend that in order to save the time in driving all over town and buying all the supplies and building the thing.  I bought it and got to work recovering it.


It took a few staples and about 20 minutes of my time.  That’s it!  I did lose the button tufting detail, which I could have saved if I’d wanted to…but the chair really does have enough button tufting for one room.  I wanted a nice clean shape for the ottoman. I think it turned out really well!  Now all I need to do is refinish the legs on the chair to match the darker wood finish and make that pillow to match.  Total spent on chair, ottoman, pillow and fabric = $175!  Total WIN!



  1. Love it! I am a huge fan of orange for decorating. It has such life to it.

  2. I love the fabric you chose!

  3. Cute, but I kind of liked the purple. LOL

  4. Love, love, love the orange!!! I can’t believe you did that yourself – it came out awesome and looks so professional!

  5. LOVE IT!
    It always feels great and all the pieces fall into place so perfectly :)

  6. I love that fabric! I am painting the bottom of the nightstands for my room in a similar color. I agree though, those light colored legs have to go!

  7. It looks gorgeous! I need to get crafty like you. What an inspiration. So I’ll give myself the goal of 10 years to do something like this.

  8. Love the chair.

    Ottomans (unless they are storage ones) have always seemed sort of useless to me. The fabric is great though.

  9. I know you shared this quite awhile ago but I’ve been searching for coral patterned fabric like this. Where did you find it?


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