Checkout my new ottoman…it’s big, graphic, and only cost about $50!
I have long loved the pretty patterned ottomans at West Elm. Recently, I discovered the gorgeous rug ottomans at Company C. But, I could not justify the expense, since we already have an ottoman for the new family room. Only downside is it is a large dark leather ottoman…not really our style anymore.
Then, the lightbulb went off. Why not cover my ottoman with a rug? The trick was to find a pliable enough rug to pull it off. Thankfully, HomeGoods usually has a good selection of printed cotton rugs.
I brought home two to try out in the space. The rugs we chose between were both 5′ x 7′ printed cotton rugs. Each was $49.99 at HomeGoods. I bought them on two different trips. I found a navy and white Ikat one first, but when I got it home I was not sure it was the one. On another trip to HomeGoods I found a geometric white and charcoal gray rug.
This is how the final decision making process went down via text. The hubby and I had this brief conversation. And, I got schooled.
Gray and white graphic print it was! The “Pendleton-y” style rug went back to HomeGoods. My how I have my blinders on sometimes to other decorating styles…I had never heard of Pendleton blankets. But, I agreed with my husband the graphic print was much more our style.
Recovering my ottoman was relatively simple. I unscrewed the legs and base trim from the ottoman.
I laid the rug face down and centered the ottoman on top. I started in the middle of each side and used my staple gun to staple the rug to the ottoman. I worked from the centers out to the corners.
To avoid sewing, I used the same rounded corner technique that I used on my upholstered banquette. I folded the rug neatly at the corners and stapled in place.
I cut all the excess bulk out of the corners. I cut back far enough to re-insert the ottoman legs.
This is what the finished rounded corner looks like. It was easy to get crisp folds with the rug.
I bolted all the legs back in place. I decided not to reattach the wood trim between the legs. I prefer the simple, more open look. I cut the excess rug off all the way around. I folded the edges under and stapled for a neat finish.
The ottoman now sports this fantastic geometric pattern.
The old leather ottoman was always a great fit with our large, low sectional. The recovered version fits just as well. The height and size are perfect.
I borrowed some pillows from the game area to style the sectional for these shots. I have not gotten around to making pillows for this room, yet.
I am not ready to accessorize the family room just yet either, so I borrowed some favorites from around the house to style the ottoman for this shoot. I will definitely be adding a large tray, so the ottoman can double as a coffee table.
The graphic charcoal and white patterned ottoman looks beautiful with our yellow armchairs. Gray and yellow might just be one of the awesomest color combinations ever…well, next to teal and lime, of course :)
I adore our new ottoman. Adore is probably not a strong enough word…I am completely obsessed. I want to just sit with my feet up and stare at my amazing ottoman.
This $50 transformation was easy and impactful. Wouldn’t you agree this ottoman has so much more personality than the dark leather version?