Building an Ottoman!

Hi All.
Sometimes life seems to get in the way of blogging!  However, I am excited to show you the ottoman that hubby built for me!
We had been looking for awhile and nothing ever seemed to fit or if it did, it was just more than we wanted to pay.
Hubby would always tell me that he could build me one but he wasn't sure about the upholstery part.
Then the talented Marty, @ A Stroll thru Life did a tutorial on the lovely one she made and I knew  hubby could whip me one up in no time!
I've included a few pics of the steps he took.

He built the ottoman out of scrap wood so there was no cost to that.  He even built the legs so we wouldn't have to go searching for any.   And what's really wonderful, is that he was able to build it to our exact specifications and get the kind of material that we wanted!

I was so excited to find this high quality upholstery material on sale for only $4.50/yard!
Now how's that for a deal!


Cutting.  We bought 2 yards and I have enough left over to make a pillow!

Measuring and cutting the batting.

He used a heavy duty stapler to apply the batting.

And then the material.

Looking pretty good already!

And then I got a little sidetracked by our little helper.
To the top portion (lid) he added a 4" wide piece of foam cut to specifications.

Then I did an itty bit of sewing.  I cut a strip of material to cover some cording and sewed that baby up!
And tada!
Our brand new ottoman and I love it!
Thanks to Marty for her great tutorial!

And thanks to my talented hubby for building our new ottoman!
Total cost was $58.00.  This included the material, batting, foam, thread and cording.
By far, the foam was the most expensive part of the project.  However, you wouldn't want to skimp on that part.  Having it so thick makes it oh so nice and comfy.
So how is it going for all the rest of you?
We've have had a rough two weeks but I think that were finally going to get some spring like weather this week.
Sunshine, warmer temps and rapidly melting snow will surely lift my spirits!
Have a great week everyone!
I am adding on to the following blog parties!
Make sure you check them out for so  many great posts full of inspiration!

Met. Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch.
Blue Monday @ Smiling Sally's.
Tabletop Tuesday with Marty @ A Stroll thru Life.
Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays with Linda @ Coastal Charm.


  1. Cindy, Your ottoman is beautiful! Your husband did a great job!
    Blessings, Beth

  2. The ottoman looks Wonderful and looks to be much better quality than you'd pay top $ for. How lucky you are to have such a talented handyman!

  3. Just shoot me! We just bought an ottoman that cost a small fortune and now I wish I didn't after seeing this tutorial!
    PS it looks great by the way!

  4. Wow! Very nice !! You two make a great work team - very talented.
    Glad to hear the weather is starting to improve for you. Have a great week.

  5. Beautiful ottoman! I love the fabric you covered it in and it looks like one you could pay a ton of money for. Thanks for sharing the process.

  6. Cindy, the ottoman is just perfect! Great tutorial, too! That baby is tooooo cute! Linda

  7. Love, love, LOVE it!!! Your hubby is a FOR SURE keeper.

    (hi Dan!!)

  8. Cindy, I am so proud of you. It looks fabulous. They really aren't that hard to make are they. It looks wonderful. You guys did a super job. Love the fabric too. Hugs, Marty

  9. Great job! I love ottomans and I totally the fabric you chose too! It's beautiful!

  10. Wow! That turned out awesome! Love, love, love the fabric! Y'all did good!! Hope you have a great week!

  11. He did a wonderful job on the ottoman. I looked for months before finding one at a thrift store that I recovered. But yours is wonderful from the get-go! xxoo Diana

  12. Marty dear, that baby girl is just too darned cute for words! I am into baby clothes so of course I love that little sweater set.

    And..the ottoman!! Well, again..too darned cute for words! I love it. I don't need an ottoman but if I did I would have Howard out there in that garage working away!
    What a great job your husband did!! It's just perfect!!

  13. WOW! Amazing!
    You have one handy husband... and you did an awesome job on the sewing and piping too!
    LOVE IT!

  14. Cindy it is beautiful. I love it!

    I enjoyed seeing your little supervisor's photo too. She is delightful!

  15. Cindy that ottoman is awesome...and before you know it your sweet little grand daughter will be pulling up on it...

  16. Your ottoman is so pretty....i love that fabric and blues are so "in" right now. I would most definately get side tracked with that little cutie too!
    Have a wonderful week :)

  17. That is really clever Cindy. I love the fabric! Have fun making a wreath, they are really fun and a great way to upgrade the door.:)

  18. wow! hubby did a good job huh? Happy blue monday! I am your newest follower BTW, hope you could visit and follow mine...tnx!

  19. Your ottoman is beautiful Cindy! Love your choice of fabric.

    Have a wonderful day,

  20. Just beautiful! The cording is what would stump me.

    Happy Blue Monday, Cindy.

  21. Mornin' Girlfriend...

    Wowzer!!! You guys did a fabulous job making that ottoman...it turned out sooo pretty!!! I'm tellin' ya...your honey is the BEST! Ohhh...and I think the fabric that you chose is sooo perfect for your living room...I love it! I love that you added the decorative piping...it really adds that extra "umph"!!! I have to admit that I've never done anything with piping but I need to learn! Do you know that I have a blue ottoman that I found at a thrift store for just $7.50? It's sitting in my studio waiting to be recovered! Hehe! It's blue and would have looked great at your place but you know that I don't have much blue going on here! Ohh my...another project for another day! I'm still moving sooo slow...it's just too cold! It snowed here Sunday...arghhh!!! I think I'm having a little fibromyalgia flare up...just have felt really bad the last few days! I'm ready to move past this! Anyway...sorry, didn't mean to whine! Well sweet friend, I really do love your new ottoman and think ya'll just did a fabulous job!!! BRAVO!!!

    Sooo...what's on your agenda this week? Anything exciting going on? Not much going on here...but that's a good thing right now! Well Darlin', I will talk with you later...

    Love ya,

  22. Gorgeous! Both Addison and the ottoman, I love the fabric you chose. Your hubby always impresses me with his talent and your finishing touches are like icing on the cake!

  23. Woohoo!!!! What a wonderful job the two of you did!!! Your ottoman is just a grand addition to your beautiful room.

    God bless ya and have a marvelous Monday sweetie!!!

  24. Gorgeous. It looks like something from a high end furniture store. Love the color. ~~Sherry~~

  25. It's perfect, Cindy! You and Dan make a perfect pair, you're both talented...Christine

  26. You did a really amazing job on the ottoman and I just love the fabric. I plan on trying a similar project in the next few weeks. I am your latest follower - #499 - congrats. I would love for you to come and check out my blog and follow me back at www.diybydesign.blogspot.com. Thanks so much.

  27. This is so pretty!!!
    Lucky you!!!!

  28. Wow, Cindy, I think you have found a new career for yourself, designing and producing ottomans! It looks great! Do you know how much they cost to have made? I can't even say it because I am getting upset just thinking about what I paid for the one in my study, and it looks so easy! Maybe you are just super talented at these projects. Mine always look homemade! And by the way, how do you ever get things done with that cutie to distract you? She is just happier and cuter every time you post her! Have a great day. Linda

  29. That turned out beautifully! I saw Marty's and wondered how difficult it would be. You guys make it look easy!

  30. Oh Cindy, it is gorgeous! LOVE that fabric, and your talented husband did an excellent job (and you did too). This looks like something that would cost big bucks in a high end decorating shop! I am soooo impressed! (Addison would be a bit of a distraction for anybody). laurie

  31. loved the fabric, looks very elegant. wished i could sew one day when blogging doesn't get in the way, too ^_^

    iam your newest follower. Pls do.


  32. Absolutely gorgeous!! I've bookmarked it for when I re-do my old ottoman! :) Thank you!

  33. Wow Cindy this ottoman looks so fantastic!! I love the fabric you choose. It looks so perfect with your chair!! Nice that you have a handy hubby too!!

    bee blessed

  34. Your ottoman turned out wonderful! and who wouldn't get distracted by that sweet little angel :). Great job by your hub.
    ~ Julie

  35. That turned out beautiful girl...what a talented hubby and the fabric is just gorgeous! Looks like it came right off the showroom floor...with teamwork like that y'all could make anything! Hope you see plenty of sunshine and have a great week....Picket

  36. Now, that is just awesome! I love it, and the fabric is just beautiful! Way to go! Oh, your little one is just adorable!


  37. WOW!! Just fabulous!! It is perfect in that place. Denim blue is my absolute favorite color. Looks so good with that big chair.
    Nice job, Dan!!! You could/should turn this into a small business.. : )
    Thanks for stopping by earlier & leaving such a glowing comment...

  38. Your ottoman is beautiful! Your hubby did a great job. It looks so pretty with your other blues.

  39. Ok now I'm really going to try and recover the one I got ha ha!! That Dan did a GREAT job on this Cindy..how lucky ducky you are to have so much talent in that man..Len can build a car and thats about it girl..Hope all is well in your world my friend..and I also have Landen here a few days a week so it slow down my blogging ha ha!! But I would rather have him any day that blog girl..he's my real life..Love ya, Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  40. Hi Cindy! First of all, that is one cute little way to get sidetracked! :)
    Your ottoman is gorgeous! Your hubby is so good and I love the fabric you chose. Little Miss will soon be standing up by it.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  41. It really turned out gorgeous. I love that fabric. I was thinking as I was reading...I think my husband might be able to do that...until you hit the "sewing" part. Nope, nada...not happening here! This is a great project and you should both be really proud of how it turned out.

  42. Well that is one cute ottoman. Hubby did a fantastic job. I have priced ottomans and for the life of me I cannot figure out why they are so expensive. I figure I could build one myself so I have put off buying one. Besides how great is it that you can choose you own fabric!
    Hope you are having a good week. I am happy that you are finally getting some Spring.

  43. What an awesome job! He should go into business.

    - The Tablescaper

  44. Our men really come in handy...it looks great!


  45. you have a clever Hubby, who did a very good work! Blessings Catherine

  46. WOW! He did an awesome job. Tell him he can come be my handyman anytime!

  47. Wow, Cindy! He did an amazing job on that. You lucky girl! :-)

    I have missed you terribly, and I'm so glad to finally be able to get online and visit. Love seeing what you're doing, and this is a great project. I wish you were here to help me figure out what to do with some things. I wish I could sew and do things like that. So creative. My grandmother and grandfather were always doing great projects, and somehow it missed me and my parents. LOL! But my sister got the gene. ;-)

    I'm still not back to regular blogging yet, but I did a St. Pat's post. I couldn't resist. And I needed a break from supervising workmen. I hope and pray I don't live to regret taking the day off. LOL!

    Sending you big hugs. Hope you are well and that you have a Happy St. Patrick's Day!


    Sheila :-)

  48. Well that man of yours! he really is pretty handy to have around, huh? It looks fabulous and I am glad you have enough fabric for a pillow. That will look really nice.
    So - I like your little sidetrack - she is pretty darn cute!
    :) Hugs! Karen

  49. Very nice! I'll bet it's much more solid than anything you could've bought in a store!


  50. I am SO impressed with this ottoman! My hubby, wonderful as he is, cannot build anything. And I can't sew. So us doing something like this together is out of the question! You chose beautiful material too - it goes perfectly with your comfy chair.

  51. How pretty, Cindy! That hubby of yours sure is a talented guy! The two of you did a great job! I have only just learned how to make piping! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie
    PS...your little distraction surely is a cutie!

  52. I love the ottoman. I have the box ready and would love to see the tutorial you speak of. How can I access it?

  53. Thanks Micki!
    For a tutorial click on the link Tabletop Tuesday above. Marty( A Stroll thru Life) blog has a tutorial on her side-bar. It's labeled Ottoman and I think you would find it in her February posts.
    Hope this helps,


I would love to hear from you. Come back and visit anytime. Warmest Wishes, Cindy