Ottoman Redo: Painted Burlap

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One of the best parts about rehabbing furniture yourself is if you aren’t quite happy with the initial result, there’s no harm in trying again. A great example is this ottoman I rescued from an estate sale a little over a year ago. By swapping the leather seat covering with a patterned print, this piece took on an entirely new look.

This new look suited my style perfectly. The blue and white fabric fit like a glove in my previous house, but with the feel of my current home, not so much. It was high time to give this guy a new look – for the second time.

As in every reupholstery project, the very first step is to remove the old fabric.

Once stripped to the bones, I decided to give this piece a fresh look by painting the base a clean white, with one solid coat of primer beforehand.

For this project, I wanted to tackle something new and painted burlap was one DIY task I’d been itching to try. After taping off stripes, I used a stiff-bristled brush to apply a thin layer of paint using short strokes. Then, I removed the tape before the paint was dry. Such an easy way to spice up a bland piece of fabric.

Once the paint was completely dry, I flipped the burlap face down and began securing my freshly DIY-ed seat cover with a staple gun, turning the cushion over every now and then to make sure my stripes were laying straight.

All that was left to do was reattach the seat to the base, and before I knew it, this ottman took on an entirely new look, completely fitting of the feel of my current home. So simple and such a big difference.

– Cara Wilkerson writes the real estate and home improvement blog Live the Home Life.

Photo Credits: Cara Wilkerson

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