Before and After: This Heavy Target Ottoman Is Now a Breath of Fresh Air

Before and After: This Heavy Target Ottoman Is Now a Breath of Fresh Air

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Tess Wilson
Nov 16, 2018
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A reader felt that this "dark, old, manly faux leather ottoman" didn't suit their apartment's bright, new, laid-back vibe. So all it took was a staple gun and a colorful blanket to give it a fun, sunny new look.

Reader Erin was stuck with a Target ottoman—similar to the Safavieh Cocktail Ottoman—that no longer suited the rest of the decor:

In searching to upgrade my Target ottoman to something more fashionable to go with my new mid-century boho living room I simply couldn't find anything that was: a) comfortable for lounging; b) the right height; and c) fit my desired style. After coming across a very colorful rainbow sueño (Mexican blanket), I thought, "Why don't I just upholster my cheap ottoman to bring it new life?"

An ottoman seems like such a simple piece of furniture, until you start searching for the right one at the right price. Erin had one that fit the first two requirements, and just needed to bring about the third.

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Would anyone ever guess this striped and fabulous confection began its life as a staid, heavy piece? The delicate hairpin legs allow the newly upholstered body to float above, so all the focus is on that fascinating fabric and its subtle and delicious coloration. The sheepskin throw adds an extra level of coziness and comfort, making this ottoman irresistible and inviting.

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Erin lays out the totally approachable yet inspired steps it took to get this from a dark, serious ottoman to a playful yet elegant scoop of rainbow sherbet:

It took about four hours and cost about $100. I disassembled the ottoman and upholstered the base with a commercial staple gun. I ordered the metal mid-century legs from Etsy and mounted them to a square piece of 2x4 that I glued underneath the base for extra support. Lastly, I purchased a button cover kit and converted some basic buttons from an old shirt to light yellow.

All of these steps are pretty par for the DIY course—new legs, check; reupholstered, yep—but then Erin casually mentions covering buttons, which is truly above and beyond. That little extra touch makes this upgrade look twice as expensive and professional as it would without the exact right buttons, and it could do the same for your projects too.

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The new ottoman fits perfectly into its surroundings; it goes especially well with the furry cream and gray rug, its colorful stripes juxtaposing nicely with the monochromatic grid. And while Erin describes this apartment as "boho," this updated ottoman could also work in a minimal mid-century living room, kid's room, or a rosy bedroom.

Erin is rightfully pleased with the results of this undertaking, and highlights what makes DIY makeovers extra exciting:

I love the casual beach vibe with fun colors. The sheepskin adds an additional layer of comfort. The best part, no one can find it anywhere!

Thank you, Erin!

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