I’m so excited to be sharing with you my latest project ‘DIY Furniture Makeover | Old Ottoman’ using Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Paint and some gorgeous Ticking Stripe Fabric. This sweet little piece of furniture has been sitting in our washroom for over a year looking desperate with its tatty fabric and collapsed seat. This is no exaggeration, just take a look at the photo below!
My mam picked this up for a tiny £5. She knows me so well. There’s something really satisfying about restoring something in such a state!
Here’s what I used for this transformation:
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Grip the braid with the pliers then twist the pliers around taking the braid with it. This usually pulls the tacks out with the braid making it much quicker!
There’s often multiple layers of fabric when restoring something old. I recommend taking it all off.
Use a Hammer to tap in any tacks that you can’t pull out.
Step 3. Brush away any dust and clean the ottoman using sugar soap or similar. Leave to dry.
Step 4. Use a Large Round Head Brush to paint the ottoman as its ideal for getting in the gaps of the rattan. Start by painting the underside first (then you can forget about it). Make sure each time you’ve painted a rattan panel, you brush over the other side as the paint can leak through.
Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint
I Used Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in Antique White. I love this matt finish paint, as is dries so quickly…perfect for a busy mam like me. Just a quick stir and your set! I had enough paint left from a previous project “How to Paint Furniture“…where I painted an old sideboard. One thing I would say is if your painting a large piece of furniture, make sure you paint in sections so the paint doesn’t get a chance to drag. If this happens, it’s not the end of the world, just leave to dry, then lightly sand smooth. I like to paint the entire piece of furniture even the bits that are getting covered in fabric to seal the old wood. I managed to get three coats on in a few hours.
One of the best things I’ve ever bought is this Large Round Head Brush! Its actually a wax brush, but can be used for painting too. It allows you to paint any surface at the speed of light!…in fact I get people (on my YouTube channel) asking if I have speeded the video up! I’ve been painting furniture forever, and once ran my own business doing so, and I can honestly say that this brush would have definitely had a massive impact on my finances. I would use a small round head brush for edges etc and then a foam roller for larger areas. This Round-Headed Brush does it all with no need for stopping! and no need for pricey foam rollers. If that’s not enough, when you need to put the brush down in a hurry… because of its design, the bristles don’t touch the surface when its lying flat. Or you can stand it up against the paint tin where it sits neatly in the groove without rolling off. That’s enough ranting on about this brush. But if you know me, you’ll know I’m not impressed by much..haha!
On with the DIY!!
Step 6. Use a bread knife to carefully cut the foam to fit the seat area. You can either measure then mark your foam, or place it in position and draw around it. (This is how I have done it, see my video down below).
Step 7. Lay your fabric over the foam straightening it into position. Cut the fabric to size leaving enough material to wrap around the frame.
Step 8. Staple a few loose staples in (one on each side) to hold the fabric in position.
Step 9. Start with one of the longer sides, pull the fabric around the frame and staple to the inside. Continue this with the opposite side, then attach the two ends leaving the corners loose.
Step 10. Fold the corners around to the sides of the ottoman in a triangle shape, then staple them on.
Step 11. Cut slits in the fabric to allow for the hinges then push the fabric through to the inside and attach.
Step 12. Trim the fabric (left hanging over the hinges) slightly longer than needed so you can double it over to create a neat edge. Apply glue and use a skewer or something similar to position the fabric in place. (I would usually use fabric glue, but didn’t have any left so I used PVA glue and it’s worked fine. I wouldn’t recommend using a hot glue gun as it will dry too quick!
All Finished! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my first upholstery type DIY as much as I’ve enjoyed showing you.
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