When I saw a small ottoman/upholstered footstool for sale for $5, all wood with padding and plywood intact…I pounced! There’s no limit to what could be done with it. It’s funny to me that the makeover ended up being neutral, demure, and sophisticated rather than vibrant, bright, and fun.
I’m fairly certain the culprit is “The Other Boleyn Girl”, which I am currently re-reading for the fourth time. Maybe it’s the sense of artistocracy, Anne’s French sense of fashion, or the courtly revels, but I’ve had Paris on the brain today.
I decided I wanted to budget between $8-$10 total for the project, including the ottoman and supplies.
Well, $3 in fabric later (I had also bought a burlap fabric, but it didn’t “fit” as well as this cotton twill), leftover chalk paint and paint supplies later, and I had my final result!
I used a bit of semi-gloss water-based floor poly to seal the chalk paint, which I distressed using an old sanding block. When keeping project costs down, GO SHOPPING IN YOUR OWN HOUSE.
Seriously…it’s the best way to do it! And chalk paint is environmentally friendly, non-toxic, and safe, so it’s a good choice for virtually anyone. Roughing it up is a lot of fun, and you can play around with it to achieve your desired result.
I did one good coat of oatmeal colored chalk paint and then roughed it up.
Here is what I started with:
Bad fabric, bad color (it did not know whether to be maple or mahogany). However, good bones!
Here’s the frame after paint and before distressing:
(That last photo, with the flash on, highlights the distressing).
I fell in love with that fabric straight away…old bikes, skeleton keys, French script, the Eiffel Tower? AND cheap? Sign me up! It is a cotton twill, as previously mentioned, not heavy tapestry or thick fabric, but it works perfectly on this piece. I’ll use my $2 piece of Parisian burlap for another project in the future.
So to recap costs:
Parisian fabric: $3
Leftover paint, brushes, poly, sanding block: FREE 🙂
Project total: $8
Here it is in its new home, next to a fabulous $15 overstuffed chair that I got on Craigslist last summer. The butterfly pillow is from Pier 1 and features French script that pairs nicely with the ottoman.
Can’t beat that, can you?
Until next time 😉
I love the end product! It’s such a stunning improvement over the “start” ! And “go shopping in your own home” made me chuckle – I can so relate. So often I forget what I even have until I purposely ‘shop’ for a particular project. Great post!
Thanks, Kari! I’m forever shopping in my own home…mostly for supplies 😉 Another entry coming up…crazy cheap items, and all supplies used were things already on hand!
What a great idea! I wish I was inventive enough to take something and completely re-do it!
I’ll bet you are! Anyone can 🙂