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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Pinching a Few Pennies...

The upholsterer delivered my nursery chair last week, and I love it!  I actually covered the chairs pretty turned legs with a skirt because I thought it was a softer look and more appropriate for a nursery.  I'm sure some people would not approve of hiding turned legs!

I had it covered in this fabric:

which compliments this fabric, the main one I am using in the room.  I found a remnant of white linen to use for the contrast welting on the chair, which I think adds so much.

If you're a mama, you know that you need a place to kick up your feet in the nursery.  I didn't have an existing ottoman I wanted to cover, so I was planning to have one custom-made in the same fabric and trim as the chair. 

But as I was cleaning up my family room over the weekend in preparation for MoS Washington's upcoming visit, I noticed my Cindy Crawford black faux bamboo metal ottoman and had an idea.  It was stuck in the corner of the family room, no longer needed since I had an ottoman made with my pair of club chairs (and did I mention that I kind of hate the fabric on top?)

 So I took it apart and got ready to paint.

A couple coats of glossy white Rustoleum did the trick!  I think it feels much more "Palm Beach" in white than black, and between the faux bamboo and vintage poodles, baby girl's nursery is definitely giving off a Palm Beach vibe!

I had plenty of the coral fabric left, so I made a quick cut.

I stapled down the sides.

The red diamond fabric is gone!

I reattached the white faux bamboo base with a few screws.

And there you have it!  Basically a "free" ottoman!

Of course, it's not nearly as plush and comfortable as a regular upholstered ottoman, so after a week or so of late-night feedings, I may end up biting the bullet and having a new ottoman made. 

But I figured for minimal effort and cost, this is at least worth a try!


Betsy said...

It is perfect!!!

Julie said...

I agree with Betsy - it looks perfect! Wow. I love how it's all coming together so well.

Loucinda said...

I want this to be MY room! It really is perfect.

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

Perfection...the whole nursery is ADORABLE!!!

Evie said...

yes! That stool is awesome! I just felt the urge to call my upholsterer, who has a chair of mine she's about to recover in a soft pink, and tell her to add a skirt and some white piping. Love the whole look.

nancy said...

Oh, I am SO wishing that I'd been your little girl! Perhaps it's not too late for me to make it up to myself. I'll work on that.
Meanwhile, I'm getting really excited about your baby girl soon coming to live in that room. It's perfect.

cats said...

I agonized over whether or not to buy an ottoman to go with my glider, and I'm so glad I didn't. I had a $20 breastfeeding stool that was perfect - I think an ottoman would actually be too high for breastfeeding. (Plus, I ended up breastfeeding in bed more often than anywhere else - and we didn't co-sleep. It was just more comfortable, and then I could watch tv!)

Liza said...

Love the chair! I am actually looking for one for our nursery- where did you find it? Maybe I missed that post !? Thanks!

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Lalla said...

Absolutely stunning! That girl's room is beautiful! And even better when you use something you already have!

Jan Jessup said...

For anyone else who loves that DwellStudio fabric with the peacocks (or if want more when you leave your apartment), the fabric is called VINTAGE PLUMES and it's available at retail at all the Calico Corners - Calico Home stores...or online at It's a stunning linen print and it comes in three colors: Camel (as in your draperies), Jade and Birch.

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