Wednesday, December 19, 2012

French Grain Sack Ottoman

I don't know what it is about ottomans, but I love them and they seem to be very popular especially the size of the one we just finished.  This is large enough to be used as a coffee table as well.
I used one of my grain sack stencils from Maison de Stencils, but it wasn't quite wide enough so I masked off some stripes and added a little width to the pattern.
I cut out a large square of a drop cloth and placed it over the top of the ottoman and cut out a piece for the top.  I stenciled that and then we tacked it down to the sides of the ottoman.  When the top was secure, I measured the length I needed for the skirt using the hemmed side of the drop cloth.  For the top of the skirt, I folded it down and pressed it so I had a finished edge.  It didn't quite go all the way around so I covered one side of the ottoman and then tacked the long piece of drop cloth around and tacked it over the one completed side.  We used roofing nails instead of upholstery tacks.  The industrial look is really in right now and I thought they would fit with the look I was going for.
This is the before picture of the piece.  It was clean and sturdy but the fabric was very dated.  Notice it had a pillow top.  I ignored that and just tacked the top piece of fabric to make it all snug and one piece.
It was easy to stencil on the drop cloth and everything I have done so far like this has retained the painted surface and has not worn off.  Have you ever gotten acrylic craft paint on your clothes?  I have, and I can tell you it does not wash out.
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18 comments:

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Love this project! I'm going to have to check out that stencil. I really the skirt you added.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Maggie, I love this, you have the best fresh ideas. I love stools to, I think they are nice and small and easy to work with.

Carol

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

It looks great, Maggie. The stencil works perfectly, and so does the skirt. I have several ottomans I'm working on right now. One of my favorite things to do.

Anne said...

Maggie what an amazing transformation! Looks like an authentic piece of feedsack material! LOVE those tacks on the side too!~~~~ Beautiful~~~
xx
Anne

Lynda Bergman Decorative Artisan said...

Love it! You are so talented. Lynda

Donna said...

Oooh, la,la! Your ottoman turned out tres magnifique, Maggie! It makes me want to kick back and put my feet up:) A huge improvement over the "before"!!

NanaDiana said...

I love it- it turned out really nice. The stencil is perfect for it. I love ottomans, too, and have one too many...lol
I can't tell you how many clothes I have wrecked over the years with acrylic paint. xo Diana

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

I can't believe it's the same piece! Another great transformation! I still want to make some pillows with a stencil like that to update my living room. And after years of decorative painting with acrylic paints, I agree. Acrylic paints are permanent on fabric!

Athena at Minervas Garden said...

What a gorgeous French ottoman--I love it! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog, and glad that you enjoyed my baklava recipe! Happy Holidays to you!

miss flibbertigibbet said...

Looks just wonderful Maggie! I recently bought a couple stencils from Maison too but haven't used them. Of course, one is a Christmas stencil....just a bit late for THAT!! LOL Adding the stripes was a good touch too....I just love it!!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Maggie, This is just wonderful and the perfect stool cover. I have a couple in need of an update after the holidays. I love to work with them.
Thank you for sharing your talents.
Wishing you the a Very Merry Christmas and many blessings in the New Year.
Hugs, CM

Bliss said...

Just come to my house and cover my stuff for me will 'ya?

Bliss

Junk Fairy said...

Maggie, what a beautiful piece!
i will try your idea.
I want a stencil too.

Have a Blessed Christmas!
XO
Eloise

michele said...

awesome transformation, maggie! i have an ugly ol ottoman i am ready to paint because i am so lazy!

michele

Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic said...

Great job! I am going to go and check out where you got your stencil, I want to try this, too! Thanks for the inspiration.
Merry Christmas,

~Shanon

The Polka Dot Closet said...

You will love this, I went right over to the website you recommended after I read your post and bought 5 stencils! On the 19th they had 40% off all of their stencils. Yep I see some projects in my future. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Carol

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

I love this~ so charming!! Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!!

Irene Pal said...

It looks great! I love Ottomans! I have only one question for you: what if you want to wash the cloth? wouldn't it be better if you hadn't put the nails and just could take it off?