Home Improvement

DIY: Restore Your Ottoman

You’ll only need P2,500 for this project


The ottoman was nothing special, with its worn-out upholstery and its bulky shape. So what interior designer Vera Villarosa did was to make use of her current print obsession: Chevron stripes. “I didn’t want it to look too bold though, so I chose a variation of feminine patterns to make it more appealing,” she says. Now, the ottoman that used to be ho-hum has become a sweet and cheery piece that can brighten up any area of the home. 

The Makeover Designer: Vera Villarosa | 0927-259-80870927-259-8087

Budget: P2,500

Production by Sunshine Selga Funa. Pictorial Direction by Nat M. Clave. Photographed by Pat Martires.

Read the original article ("10 Designer Mini-Makeovers") in the July 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details.  

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  • 1 yard of plain fabric (yardage depends on how big your old ottoman is)
  • Scraps of fabric in various prints
  • Paint 
  • Needle and thread
  • Staple gun
  • Foam (as filler; optional)
  • Dust cover 
Re-do it:
  1. Remove the feet and the old upholstery of the ottoman.
  2. Paint the old feet of the ottoman according to your desired color. Let dry.
  3. Measure the old upholstery and cut your new fabric according to that size and pattern.
  4. Cut the scraps of fabric according to your desired length, in zigzag (Chevron) pattern, with 2.5 inches in width.
  5. Sew the edges of the scraps of fabric using baste stitches. Then sew them to the sides of your main fabric. You may choose to sew them on just two sides or on all four sides.
  6. Attach the new fabric to the frame. Using a staple gun, secure it to the base of the ottoman.
  7. Attach the dust cover to the base with a staple gun.
  8. Nail back the feet. 

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