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!
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!