...my first time...{a makeover}

No, not that first time...get your mind out of the gutter...

...the first time I ever attempted welting...yes, welting...you know that "hmmm, how did that thing get there?" piece of fabric that you see on some upholstered pieces of furniture...



Here's how my adventure began...

The boys and I were shopping at one of my favorite thrift shops...Savers...do you have these?

It's HUGE and they have TONS of stuff...

I always run right back to the furniture department...and, on this particular trip, I scored...big...

This was my little darlin' when I first brought her home from the store...






Ummm...the 70s called...they want their ottoman back...

I knew that she needed to be fixed-up, but I was a little hesitant to try, because I had never "welted" (is that a word?) anything before...but, thanks to the magic that is Google, I found some awesome YouTube videos that helped me a lot... {here they are, if you're interested...this girl does a whole series, so you'll have to just check out the ones you need...}

Seriously, what would I do without the internet? Shhh, I know the answer...spend more time with my kids,cook better dinners, yada yada yada...

Anyway...I found the absolute PERFECT fabric  at this amazing shop while cruising etsy and as soon as it arrived, I got started...

Surprisingly, making & sewing welting was really easy...and really fun. It took me only 2 days to finish this ottoman...1 day for the painting, 1 day (actually about 3 hours) for the reupholstering...

Here's the finished product...yes, I know there are a lot of photos...I'm very proud of her...











Yep...lots of photos...and those were only the ones I liked...there are more...many more...

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96 comments

  1. awesome!!!! i'm in awe--i don't know if i have the guts yet to try that. nice work!!

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  2. I love this! I've never actually attempted any reupholstering or well, a furniture redo of any sorts actually. This is really inspiring. Let me just tell you, you made this look easy!

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  3. The pictures are AMAZING! And the cushion looks so professional!

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  4. LOVE! And, I'm also loving the background where you took the pictures! I know that's a funny thing to notice, but it's so pretty :D

    Great job!

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  5. hiya , love how your foot stool turned out i love the script fabric x what you call welting we call piping ( here in ireland ) and you did a brill job of it , i tried my first attemp at piping last month and i am not ashamed to say i sat admiring it for a long time i didnt want to sit on it just admire it , but serioulsy i will be trying another piping project soon cause i eventually did sit on my chair and now i need something else to admire lol
    tfs
    xmaggiex

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  6. awesome job, maggie! i love the fabric you chose! way to go!!

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  7. You need to take that many pictures when you have something so lovely to look at! Nice job!

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  8. You're first time??? really good, professional looking.
    Like the fabric choice.

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  9. Girl you are hilarious! Love your sense of humor. Now, would you please come and sew something for me???

    Beautiful job, you SHOULD be proud!!

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  10. It looks lovely! I just did the same thing a couple weeks ago...I was my first time too... ;) ~April @ Wildflowers & Whimsy

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  11. This could be in a magazine. Love it and love your pictures.
    Would love it if you would like to link it up to Motivated Monday at BeColorful
    Pam

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  12. I'm in love with that fabric! You did a great makeover!

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  13. How absolutely lovely!! Wonderful job! And, you crack me up!

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  14. Ohhhhh Maggie I LOVEEEE it!!!!! I think she wants to come and live in my cute beach-y living room :o) Awwwhhhhh I always check out savers when I am in the area! You never know what you will find! And I love that you found your fabric on etsy! You have totally inspired me! And I LOVED your photo montage! Well done!!!! :o) Hope you had a great weekend!
    Jaime

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  15. Geez louise, Maggie! Amazing! You did such a beautiful job . . . I just love your style, and you always dazzle :-) Gorgeous work!

    Rachel @ Maybe Matilda

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  16. SO sweet! I am loooving Savers right now! I have scored big time recently! Where is yours? I'm in MN.

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  17. That's a seriously adorable ottoman! You DID score big, and you made it really fabulous!

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  18. Wow! This is stunning! I haven't done welting but maybe ONCE in my life and that was on a pillow so I'd definitely need a refresher course! I've used YouTube videos for a lot of other 'tutorials' -- isn't it great!? You did a fantastic job -- this looks like it was done by a professional and I LOVE the fabric!

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  19. Just beautiful, I love the vintage look fabric!

    Carlee
    www.ladybirdln.com

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  20. Wow... you go girl!! This turned out fantastic. Thanks for the links cause I have two round foot stools that need a re-do and I think you just push me into giving it a try. Great job!! AJ - queenofmynest(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. Great job - it turned out fantastic!

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  22. Looks totally awesome, a million times better than it was pre-makeover! You've certainly dragged it into the 21st century!

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  23. Wow, I'm impressed. This looks amazing. I would have never thought that 70's ottoman had hope.

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  24. It is beautiful! An AMAZING transformatioN!

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  25. Just Amazing! Gorgeous!
    I am following you via the Tuesday Time Out link up. I am you newest fan on GFC. I also liked you FB and following you on Twitter. Stop by my blog and follow however you like.

    http://itsabouttimemamaw.blogspot.com/

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  26. You did an awesome job. It looks great.

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  27. Love the fabric! This looks so professional! You did a great job! Thanks for sharing. I'm your newest follower. Hope you can visit me sometime.

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  28. Oh my, you should be proud! That came out fantastic. Love the fabric and the white paint updated it for sure!

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  29. You did a great job. I have yet to try welting. Maybe some day I'll get up the nerve. I'm a new follower I hope to see you at http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

    P.S. I have a link party every Monday. I would love for you to stop by next week and link up your table.

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  30. You did a great job! Great photos too!

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  31. Ummm LOVE this!! So, so, pretty!!! Love all the photos too...gorgeous!

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  32. It came out perfect! I love the choice of fabric. I'm still yet to try the welting and have looked at a few videos, but am still a little scared. I'll probably just end up asking my Mum to do it!
    I'm a new follower over from Domestically Speaking :)
    Megan (www.megandmums.blogspot.com)

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  33. Love your otterman makeover I ve just do one myself resently you can check it out at yellowteacupsblogspot.com

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  34. Gorgeous ottoman-I have been stalking a similar chair but need to wait until we finish a building project.

    I have visions of myself with a cup of tea and a really good book just sitting there-not a likely possibility with a one year old.

    Love the blog. Thanks for linking to BC so that I could find you.

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  35. You did a fabulous job! I love the photos too. Please stop by www.laughloveandcraft.com and link up to my Share the Wealth Wednesday Link Party! I'm your newest follower!

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  36. The transformation is amazing! You took great pics to showcase it too!

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  37. So adorable, and really great pictures! I'm a new follower:) Love what you've done!

    551eastdesign.blogspot.com

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  38. awesome job! i'm going to feature this on friday's post!
    http://beachhouseinthecity.blogspot.com

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  39. Just gorgeous. Check out my blog tomorrow as it will be featured.

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  40. Such a very unique cover of every pillows. Your blog is very informative for getting good knowledge about the pillow designs.

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  41. You did great for your first time. Turned out very well. Love the fabric you used. Thanks for sharing at Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays.

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  42. Ohhh...beautiful. It looks like you've been doing this forever. Totally love the fabric choice!

    I'm here from Strut Your Stuff.

    May your day be joyful,
    Pamela

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  43. Good job on the welting! The fact that you're a first timer sure doesn't show. I love how it turned out and I love that you linked up to Treasure Hunt Thursday.
    Rhonda

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  44. Just WOW!!! i am in love with this!! Great photography too!!

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  45. Absolutely love the ottomen and the welting looks professional. The photography is breathtaking too. What a transformation. You will get many years out of that little ottomen.

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  46. I love that fabric!!! What a beautiful job and great little ottoman.

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  47. That is just gorgeous! Perfect fabric choice and paint color and it looks like you've always been doing this. :-) I have made welting before too and was surprised as well at how easy it was. Thanks so much for sharing this at Inspiration Friday this week!
    Vanessa

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  48. I am so glad you came over my party and linked this beauty... Love the color, love the fabric,and LOVE your "yada... yada... yada..." ;)

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  49. Wow, I'm definately impressed with your beautiful blog, I can't wait to have a go at welting :) You now have a new follower from Australia :) Looking forward to reading more ! xx Ava

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  50. I love everything about it! The fabric is wonderful and the welting, perfect!
    Debbie (saw you over at Miss Mustard Seeds)

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  51. Oh wow, this is something really special! You did a fantastic job, and your ottoman is absolutely lovely! This would be perfect for photoshoots! Jen @ www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com

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  52. Your stool turned out wonderful!

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  53. I love all the pictures you should be proud.

    Love that materail you choose

    now will you redo my round ottoman for me? LOL

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  54. I love the fabric you chose, the color is SO pretty!

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  55. Oh my word this is fabtastic! Love it! So glad you linked it up!!

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  56. I absolutely love how it turned out. Good choice with the fabric. (Beautiful photos, too!)

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  57. GORGEOUS! In front of that barn door...perfect.

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  58. Wow. You did a great job on this ottoman. It's funny, I actually really like the original fabric color, but I'm partial to green. Thanks for the great pics.

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  59. that turned out FABULOUS!! I have one to make over as well....I may have to try the piping!

    I would LOVE to know where you got that fabric!!

    Thanks for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up! http://tidymom.net/2011/great-ideas/

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  60. I didn't know what welting was until now. I am so impressed. It really looks like professional grade work.

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  61. Sooo cute!! I love how it came out and the fabric you chose it perfect! Sharing this on Facebook~thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

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  62. Oh wow ... where to even start? I saw this on Tidy Mom and UTTD Sunday Showcase and am smitten. Amazing, amazing, amazing! That fabric is to die for -- awesome transformation.

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  63. Oh it's stunning! That fabric is incredible too.

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  64. Love it! I would never have had the vision to see it 'out' of the 70's. :-) Really wonderful fabric and you did a beautiful job on it. I'm a new follower and I look forward to seeing more projects. Stop by and say hi when you can ~

    Pat

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  65. Absolutely Gorgeous!! So glad I found you. I'm a new follower from Tidy Mom

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  66. This is such a great looking project and I am so glad you linked it up to Motivated Monday at BeColorful. I will be featuring it in this week's wrap up.
    Pam

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  67. Well, it is such a Perfect fabric choice and paint color. It is best to keep in drawing room, I very glad to found it.

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  68. very pretty - wonderful job all around! Congratulations on being featured, saw this at Be Colorful :)

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  69. Totally had to feature this as part of my BFF Link Party wrap up!

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  70. You should be proud! Your ottoman turned out beautiful. I love the fabric you used! Just awesome!

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  71. Thank you for your wonderful link up at Nothing But Country.com

    We have featured your projected on our blog.

    Feel free to grab yourself a "I've Been Featured" button if you wish.

    And we invite you to link up again any new amazing projects of yours at our linky party.

    Thanks again for your share!!

    --Mary Beth @ Nothing But Country.com

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  72. you did a fantastic job with the welting!!! i have not done that before because it looks too darn hard! :)

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  73. This is ridiculously cool Maggie!! Goodness what a transformation!! I love the look of it - and the fabric is gorgeous! So not to give anything away but yeah - this will be featured on Friday. How could I not?? :)
    Thanks so much for linking up to Think Pink Sundays!!
    You are awesome. :)

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  74. This is awesome! The transformation went from drab to fab! Thank you for linking to Sew Woodsy last week! Keep on linking great projects!

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  75. This ottoman transformation is incredible. I'm off to my local thrift store....thanks for the inspiration. Great job! [I'm now a follower!]

    http://altered-artworks.blogspot.com

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  76. I LOVE THIS!! I love it so much I featured it this week at my Hookin' Up with HoH party!

    Stop by and grab a button if you'd like!

    Allison @ House of Hepworths

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  77. Maggie, it's gorgeous! Absolutely, positively, gorgeous in every detail -- from the fabric to the paint to the perfect welting and the professional photos!

    Such a joy to have such talent and quality in the posts linked up to "A Little Birdie Told Me...".

    Cheers! Jenn

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  78. P.S. I was just at Saver's today -- love that place!

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  79. I just want to let you know that I featured your ottoman on my blog today... Come see and button up. Thank you so much for sharing it ;)

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  80. Thanks for sharing all your beautiful inspirations and pictures. I’m your newest follower and look forward to your next ideas!

    Have a nice day!
    Tine

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  81. Gorgeous- the fresh paint, the lovely fabric, and the piping. Looks wonderful.

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  82. Maggie - WOW! I guess I'm not the only one that loves your sweet ottoman. You should be very pleased with the results. I'm impressed with the welting! Thanks for following Blue Velvet Chair, and I'll be following you to see what's coming!
    Michael

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  83. Fabulous! thank you for sharing, by the responses, it looks like everyone thought this was fabulous.......You are truly inspiring.......Giving back?

    Carol

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  84. It is gorgeous and wonderful work you done here. I am totally impressed with your pillow work. It is very beneficial for my new home.

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  85. This is gorgeous! I would say that you are down with the welting. :) Fabulous photos too! Well done!

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  86. just a note to tell you that i am featuring your lovely ottoman this week on fridays unfolded...have a wonderful weekend.

    alison
    stuff and nonsense

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  87. nice blog..
    search for manchester photographer, professional fashion photographers
    Photoshoot Makeover

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  88. What an absolutely adorable DIY! Well done.

    I hope that you will stop by and enter my giveaway.

    Happy Monday!

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  89. Love it Love it Love it!!!1

    What great inspiration you had, and a great final turn out!!!

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  90. I saw a wingback chair at TJ max months and months ago that had that fabric on it. I fell in love with that chair but not the price tag (499.99)! I found a cheap wing back chair and have looked everywhere for that fabric but couldn't find it. You are awesome!!

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