apple Our Fifth House: Turning a Small Ottoman into a Mini-Bench (A Drop Spot for Our Guests)

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Turning a Small Ottoman into a Mini-Bench (A Drop Spot for Our Guests)

Well, giant blogger fail - I forgot to take a before picture.  Oops.  Here's a during shot.

Rustoleum Gloss Navy Blue

It was a brown leather-ish dark wood ottoman I bought a couple years ago at TJ Maxx.  I sprayed the base Rustoleum's Navy Blue in Gloss.  Then I used a throw blanket I picked up at Target over a year ago to recover the top.


Once again blogger fail - I didn't get any process pics.  So bad I know!  I did use this tutorial from Little Green Notebook to help with the corners, and then I used this nail head trim to finish this quick little makeover. 


And here she is. 


This is not a perfect makeover by any means.  I really wanted to use the material from that throw blanket because I loved the soft texture of the material and the large scale plaid pattern.  However, this material has some stretch to it, and it was kind of hard to work with (probably why there are no process pics).  I wouldn't recommend using it unless you are covering something that isn't going to get a lot of wear and tear.  In this case I'm using this ottoman as a mini-bench in our entry foyer.  It's for guests to plop their handbags when they come to hang out here, so even though the fabric has a little stretch to it I think (hope) it stays tight and doesn't loosen up at all.  Only time will tell I guess.........



it's working great for now.  And the best part is this quick update didn't cost me a dime - well okay it didn't cost me any new dimes.  I already had all of the supplies.  So, if it starts to look a little slouchy I won't feel too bad about recovering it again.  

Here's how this small corner of my entry foyer is looking now. 


Now our guests have their own little drop spot, and I don't have all their stuff in a pile on the floor by the door - win win - yes? 

P.S.  For safety reasons I don't recommend that anyone keep their handbag near the front door.  This is not where I keep mine.  This is just a spot for guests to use when we're entertaining.  And obviously the door is locked and my dogs are always ready to pounce.  ;) 

Do you have a drop spot for your guests? 



*Linking up at Primitive and Proper

23 comments:

  1. That is such an inviting corner. Such important details for a guest. Is that a new chevron rug in your foyer? I'm curious of where it's from because I love it's "hooked" look .... so that it doesn't shed. Any opinions on it? Thanks.

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    1. Yes, I got the chevron run a few months ago from Ballard Designs -it's an indoor/outdoor rug, so it's perfect for a high traffic area.

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    2. Hi Carmel - Is your chevron rug blue or black? Also, what size did you get? Thanks, Diane

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  2. look at you rocking out the furniture makeovers!i love this, carmel! the color- trim, stripes.... awesome!

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  3. I'm coming by to steal your purse. Ha! The bench looks great--love the idea of using a blanket to recover it.

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  4. Awesome! I love how you used a bench and throw you already had and gave them new life with your DIY project. Love it!

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  5. that is awesome Carmel!!! Love the texture of the blanket-great idea!!!

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  6. hahaha, love the bench, but that disclaimer at the bottom just made me laugh

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  7. Very nice! And I like how it coordinates with your yummy rug too!

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  8. Love this - all of it! Is the rug from Ballard? Was thinking about ordering it for the living room.

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  9. You're so cute. Love the disclaimer. Looks amazing. I love what you did with the ottoman and especially love the scarf tied on the hook. So cute.

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  10. Such a cute little bench - so charming in your foyer! And you crack me up with the attack dogs that are ready to pounce!

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  11. So cute! And I totally jump into projects and get halfway done before I realize that I forgot to take pictures!

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  12. How cute is that! Not just your bench but the whole area. Love it!

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  13. It's cute!! I love the throw fabric too, I hope it holds up for you. We don't really have room for a guest drop spot, but I think it's a fantastic idea. Very thoughtful. What a good host you are :)

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  14. Looks amazing! The blue is the perfect pop of color.

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  15. It looks amazing! Love the navy blue base! I've been looking for an ottoman to makeover I need to check TJ Maxx!

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  16. Hey Carmel! Is your entry chevron rug black and sand or gray and sand? Also do you know the size of it?

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    1. It's black and sand - from Ballard Designs. Not sure on the size - I think it's a 3x5 and it's an indoor/outdoor rug.

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  17. Hi! Just found your blog, after searching "small foyer area." :) I have a teeny small foyer that opens directly into the family room with no room to put a dresser or table, that one typically sees in online posts. Your coat hook set is beautiful with the glass knobs. Where did you find it? Also, where did you find that enormous hook? Thanks!!

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    1. I just happened to find that glass knob hanger set at Marshalls - or maybe it was TJ Maxx? It's been a little while. The hook I bought at Anthropologie and attached it to a wooden plaque from Michaels.

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