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ottoman upcycle

Posted on 27th May 2014

Last week Ethne and I went for a mooch in the local second hand furniture shop and found a rather un loved ottoman, it looked like it had already had had at least one make over already as it had some rather vile orange faded upholstery that was either 1960's or 80's doing a 60's style...who knows, but I wished that I had at least have waited for a 'before' photo before I ripped it off! I was too excited, we went to Scissor Stitch to find some fabric to recover it but I couldn't settle on any patterns. After looking at it draped in various fabrics for a few days I decided that it would be actually better to have a new wooden seat as it was going to be living in the hallway and needed to be durable. I gave the white and gold wicker work and frame a new lick of white paint.

Next I made a design, with hearts of course, bought a lovely piece of pine 22mm thick pine furniture board and asked my lovely daddy if he could use his router on it. The router worked well for the border, but using the router free hand on the hearts was a bit dicey so we decided to carve them out by hand and shape them with my hand multi-tool, this worked but it was tricky, there were a fair few extra marks that needed sanding away afterwards!

After staining and varnishing I very happy with my new hall storage seat, super for hiding shoes and school bags! I am now looking for the next piece of furniture to up-do!

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