Sunday, September 18, 2011

DIY Ottoman, DIY Project Parade and Giveaway Alert!

Hello, DIY'ers!  How was your weekend?  Productive? Relaxing? Fun?  I hope all three! Show and tell time! I'll go first. I'm still tweaking this catch all/entry area but having so much fun doing it.  See the ottoman below?  We built it! I'm linking up to
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Head over to see some gorgeous inspiration!

Remember when I mentioned we were building an ottoman and that I'd share the spot inside where we enter our home?  Well, here it is! It's just a little nook for right now until we have a real front door (next year?) or until we save enough for Mr. DIY's dream stand alone refrigerator and freezer, then this little nook in the kitchen goes away. But for now I love that we have a little space to sit comfortably, put on or take off shoes and dump everything when walking in the door. 
( in the kitchen creates dust. I thought I got it all!  I'll be taking care of that refrigerator vent asap!)
Lalka is my shadow so she's usually right where I want to snap pictures - diva kitty! 
The ottoman frame (everything except the feet and fabric actually) were provided by The Upholstery Studio. They have entire kits for DIY ottomans! That means, for this 24x26 ottoman, I only picked out the fabric and bun feet and the rest was all ready to be assembled with the assistance of detailed instructions and helpful video. Mr. DIY and I built this together with our own two hands.  Here's a little of what we did:

Pre-dill holes

Glue and screw together the frame

Attach webbing

Add burlap

Glue down foam and cover wood with dacron.

Cover in batting

Cut fabric

and sew cover

Slip on cover and staple

Create welting 

Staple on welting

Cover up

Add feet 

It can be built in just a few hours although I recommend taking a few days...better to spread it out a little and take your time.  I'm so proud that we built it ourselves and I also learned some cool things along the way. Interesting bits that definitely help with future projects.  Super sturdy construction and bouncy comfy seating! It's empowering - I feel like I could build an entire couch!  Well, you really wouldn't want to see that but the entire learning process was very helpful for when re-upholstery skills are needed on a future thrift store find. The kit looks a little overwhelming at first because of all of the goodies packed inside, but it's not hard. It was actually fun and more like a complete course in re-upholstery with everything needed to build the perfect accent piece that matches your style.  

I even had a blast designing the fabric myself at spoonflower. If it fits your style, you can purchase it too. Yep, add fabric designer to my list of DIY. Easy and exactly what I wanted...personal/cooking related and a little typography-looking but not girly or too kitchen-y.

Since it sits in our kitchen, I wanted to personalize it for the cook my husband. I really love that it's exactly what I wanted for this space. I have plenty left to make some throw pillows or covers for bar stools or even valances.  I'm still undecided.

What do you think? Show of hands:  How many of you have an ottoman in your kitchen? ::crickets::  Anyone?  :)

And guess what?!  There's a designer ottoman kit giveaway going on at the DIY Club right now!  Head over to enter to win a designer ottoman kit for yourself and also see how Cheri, Holly and Amy took their designer ottoman kit and created something that fits the style of their home too.  

Let's see what's been keeping you busy!

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I received the designer ottoman kit as a part of my participation in the DIY Club.  I did not receive compensation for building the ottoman and opinion and results are my own. 
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Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

very cool! i am impressed with all the ottomans you ladies produced!

Emily Ann said...

Amazing! I love it!

Jena @ Involving Color said...

Roeshel, I love the fabric you designed! The ottoman turned out great!

Pam - diy Design Fanatic said...

Love it! Making an ottoman is on my project list, but it's not for our's for our family room. Thanks for hosting!

Haven said...

Great job! Love the fabric! Thank you for sharing!

Renewed Upon a Dream said...

Wow, this is so cool! Love that it comes in a kit. I wouldn't even know where to start building an ottoman, so that's so helpful!

Pam@OurAdventuresInHomeImprovement said...

Roeshel, you did an amazing job! I love the fabric you created and love how it looks by your door. So well done!!

Thanks for sharing this and for hosting the party. Have a great week!


Holly Lefevre said...

This is so dang cute...I want to make another and another and another...and I want to design my own fabric too! YOU ARE AWESOME!

Dennis D. said...

Love all the ottomans. Absolutely love the fabric you made for yours!

Brooke said...

I love your ottoman and the fabric! I really like your cute little corner too! It's so nice to create a cozy entry spot to come in to every day.

Revi said...

Love your blog! Thanks for hosting.

Its So Very Cheri said...

I LOVE the fabric and the fact that you designed it. It is so awesome.


Shelia said...

You are the smartest one! Love your ottoman!
Thank you for always hosting this fun party!
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

gail said...

wow! awesome ottoman! I love the fabric you designed, that's really cool. I think that's something my jamie would love!
thanks for hosting!

Carmel @ Our Fifth House said...

Great project! Love that fabric!

lizzybradbury said...

That is such a fabulous idea, and the fact that the material echoes the food focus of the room is brilliant. Question though - How will you keep it clean? Is there a way of taking the cover off?

Lizzy x

TG said...

this is completely unrelated to the ottoman or fabric. But wow, I love that purse in the top photo, can I ask where you got it?

michelle said...

That turned out so cool! I love the fabric, how perfect for the kitchen. :)

Peter said...

I am very happy to read your your post. really great project. thanks for the sharing.

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At The Picket Fence said...

Wow! That ottoman kit is pretty fantastic! I made my own rolling ottoman years ago but this one puts it to shame. LOL! Thanks so much for sharing your gorgeous one with us and for hosting another great party! :-)

Shabby Marilyn said...

Love the ottoman and placement!
Thanks for hosting, I will try again!

Emily said...

Love the ottoman and LOVE the subway art above it... may I ask where you found it? It's exactly what I've been looking for for my kitchen! THANKS!!!

Catie @ Catie's Corner said...

Hi Roeshel, Love the ottoman! The fabric you designed is too cute. Thanks soo much for hosting. = )

~ Catie

Mimi said...

I am drooling over your fabric! Spoonflower is amazing and really close to where I am in NC. Thanks for the inspiration - your fabric is wonderful! And I think every room in the house could use an ottoman. :)

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Wow, that is such a cool project. I love the fabric and it must have been such fun to design it yourself.

Steph @ Birdhouse said...

Love the ottoman! And I love that little nook you created. So cozy and fun!

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