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January 9

Completed Ottoman

I can’t even admit to you all when I made this ottoman, it’s quite shameful.  But I’m happy to now report that this is one more thing I was able to cross off my list during my Christmas break.

I took an ottoman upholstery class last *cough cough* spring and it’s been nearly completed except for the legs.  It’s been living in the corner of this room, in shame, for the better part of a year.

This was one of the first projects I decided to undertake over the Christmas break since it’s been sitting for far too long.  I bought 4 plain, wooden Eames-era legs on etsy and I got 1 coat of stain/varnish on them before I left this project for something more glamorous, I’m sure.

So I sanded down the legs and put a second coat of varnish on them.  I let them dry overnight and in the morning I assembled the screw in bases to the ottoman base and then I attached the legs.  Not too hard, and super fulfilling to have something else crossed off the list.

Here is my fancy, ‘new’ ottoman with it’s matching chair.

I still have loads of projects to show you guys as I play a bit of catch-up this week.  Did any of you get to cross something off on your lists lately that you found totally fulfilling, too?  :)

  1. Lauren / Jan 9 2012

    I’ve always wanted to learn how to upholster (like, properly – not just hacking away with a staple gun like I am generally prone to do ::cough::). Your ottoman looks so professional! Did you do the chair too? Loveeeee!

    If it makes you feel any better, I’ve been meaning to paint my bathroom since I moved in 4 months ago… which isn’t a terrible long time, but the paint (in one of those giant 5-gallon buckets, no less) has been sitting in my living room the whole time. Along with the ladder, giant wooden paint stirrer, and a lonely brush. So classy lol.

  2. Elisalex / Jan 9 2012

    So impressive! Projects like that that get put off for so long always tend to be the most satisfying I find – that moment when you actually get up and decide to finish it and lay to rest that guilty procrastinate-y feeling.

    I’ve been list-making like mad ever since Christmas, but it seems the only things getting ticked off are all the boring (but totally necessary) ‘get car serviced’ or ‘finally put up shelves’… Boring, but satisfying. And opens up guilt-free time for some selfish sewing!

  3. Qui / Jan 9 2012

    wow! I’m totally impressed. So did you make the chair too??

  4. Meli / Jan 9 2012

    impressive! Looks lovely

  5. Stephanie / Jan 9 2012

    I love getting stuff crossed off my list! I’ve gotten several things crossed off my list over break and am sewing furiously over my last few days before school starts.

  6. Karen / Jan 10 2012

    I want them both in my living room! They look amazing!

  7. Sophia / Jan 10 2012

    Seriously, this is beautiful. It looks like it came straight out of an Ethan Allen or Potterybarn catalog. Great job, that class taught you well!

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