Thrift Store Ottoman Overhaul

In my effort to de-clutterify my life, knocking off projects just sitting in the garage waiting for a makeover was a top priority.  I got this ottoman at a local thrift store for $4.25 sometime last fall.  I always knew I was going to recover it, but didn’t exactly know how since I fail at being a serious crafter and have not taken a sewing lesson yet (shameful, I know).  Plus, trying to reupholster an ottoman that only has wood at the base was very tricky stuff so I had to get a little creative with the top. Check out the before and after.

I wrapped the ottoman with an aqua colored canvas fabric and stapled it to the bottom like I would with any other upholstered piece.  I wanted the sides to be smooth and the top to be a little different.  I’ve been seeing all these floor poufs covered in fabric flowers and figured I could do something much simpler and less time consuming.  My friend Jessica came to the rescue with a couple yards of white felt she wasn’t using.  Don’t you just love having friends with the same obsessions?!

The top is pleated and kept that way with a combination of hot glue and fabric glue.  I wanted the petals to have a slightly more organic feel, so the petals are pleated in the center to give the entire flower a little more volume and shape.


It now sits in my daughters room.  Perfect for a little girl and she loves it!

Ignore the fact her face is beat up from running into the desk at full speed during one of her many super toddler energy bursts and that she’s wearing a hat and short sleeves.  This girl is in a headgear obsessed phase. Helmets and hats all day, everyday.

I feel like I’ve gotten a ton of projects done so far this year. At least this part of my New Year’s resolution hasn’t gone down the drain!  Anyone feeling as productive in the “getting stuff done” department this year?


  1. 1

    It looks fantastic. I want to find an op shop ottoman now so I can make one.

  2. 2

    Seriously looks amazing!! I love it!

  3. 3

    Wow, so darling! I'd be afraid to touch it. :)

  4. 4

    It is sooo adorable!

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    Jessica Kielman says:

    Oh! My! Gorgeous! I am in love! I am hosting a Link Party today and would love for you to add these, and anything else you like!

    Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

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    Nancy @ Life: Designed says:

    So pretty! I love the petals!!

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    bonniegetchell says:

    This is really adorable! Found you via Funky Junk link party! :)

    -Bonnie @ Revolutionaries

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    Melysa - Moments with the Montanos says:

    So pretty!!! Great job.

  9. 9

    Soooo cute! Too bad I only have boys…

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    Laurel @ Ducks in a Row says:

    Super cute – I'd be afraid to put my feet up on it!

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    Maria @ Craft Crazy Mom says:

    Last night I officially gave it a test drive and perched my feet on it since my daughter decided to wake up in the middle of the night. Not a single petal out of place:) Fabric glue is amazing stuff!

  12. 12

    Love the transformation. It looks so cute. Love that flower on top.

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    Our Pinteresting Family says:

    Seriously awesome!! I love it! I found your idea through Tatertots & Jello's link party. I'm your newest follower. :) Megan

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    I ♥ the flower-I want one for myself! You have a gorgeous blog-it's so well put together. I found you via Linky & would love it if you dropped by my blog and joined me too!


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    Maria @ Craft Crazy Mom says:

    Thanks Samantha! That's so flippin sweet of you!

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    Cheryl @ Sew Can Do says:

    So beautiful and the pleats look so professional! Would love if you linked this to my Craftastic Monday party:)

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    Christina {Designing by Numbers} says:

    I just LOVE this project!!! And even more, I love the fact that you didn't sew it – yup, I'm in the same shameful boat as you not knowing a sewing machine from a hole in the ground!

    Also, your daughter's nursery is lovely – and in fact so is your daughter!! SO cute!

    Take care,

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    Creative Raisins says:

    This is so darn cute, the flower on top really finishes it off perfectly.

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    the cape on the corner says:

    super cute! i need to redo 2 of my ottomans and add extra oomph and fluff to them. this is great inpsiration.

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    SO pretty! Love the bright blue! Great room. Also loving your blog! You have some really great projects! I'm your newest follower! Feel free to visit me at

  21. 21

    So cute! I'd love it if you shared this at a party I have going on at Project Queen! I didn't make a Resolution List… I kept thinking I would, but I never got around to it… so many blogs are inspiring me to get my act together and make my list. It's not too late is it? :-).
    Your daughter is adorable.

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    PS I'm a new Linky Follower.

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    Okio B Designs says:

    Love this! Love the blue. Love the flower. Well done! Coming over from Transformation Thursday and a happy new follower!


  24. 24

    Oh my how gorgeous!! Hope you can link this up at my turquoise lovin' party!!

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    kelli@eatprayreadlove. says:

    I found you on the 36th avenue and I am so glad I stopped by! LOVE LOVE LOVE this. I am amazed that you haven't had a sewing class! I want to make one of these! Great job.

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    Susan @ Oh My! Creative says:

    Wow, great new look!

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    Sugarr2518 says:

    This is just too cute:) I love the bunching and the flower on top of the ottoman. The colors of your childs room is perfect, the mix of the different colors compliment it other very well:)

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    Jessica @ Vintage Mauve says:

    That looks amazing!

    Hope you'll link up to my Link party! :-)

    Vintage Mauve Link Party

    Jessica, your newest Linky Follower

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    Our Delightful Home says:

    You did an amazing job!

    Mrs. Delightful

  30. 30

    I looks so pretty now! I love the color, the little pleats on top and the flower. Great job. I'd love for you to share this at my link party that runs Tues-Sat.

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    Jill ~ Jillify It says:

    Love the transformation & the blue color!!! I would love for you to link up at my party going on now! (It's my very first one!)


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    Rachel {} says:

    That is so beautiful!!! I love the chevron afghan in the background too!!! I have a project party every weekend if you would like to join and link up your great ideas!
    I hope you will come! xoxo-Rachel

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    Corinne says:

    Great Job Maria… You are sooooooooo crafty…Love it!!

  34. 34

    This is gorgeous…I love the pleats, colour and the rose….stunning


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