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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Making a Tufted Ottoman for the Family Room


About a month ago we shared some images of our updated family room and mentioned that we had made a large tufted ottoman to go in front of the sofa so that we could put our feet up more comfortably every night. Our original plan was to purchase one but I wanted it to be close to five feet long and about two feet deep which ended up being a much harder to find size than I anticipated. Eventually I gave up and decided to attempt to make one. I made a basic one several years ago so I figured it couldn't be too hard to make one again. I wanted the base to look a little bit different this time though, and I needed it to be quite a bit larger.

This project took a little longer than I anticipated but it was actually pretty easy (just a little time consuming) and I am so happy that I did take the time on it because I loved being able to get it the size and fabric I wanted. Technically, it's not completely done as I still have to add a little bit of trim to the spot where the fabric and wood meet, but seeing how it may be a while before I get around to that I figured I would go ahead and share the photos now (and at the bottom of the post are more details on how we made it). It's definitely not perfect. I wish I had spent a little more time working on the tufting, but all in all we are quite happy with it!











A while ago I saw a tutorial on Kristi's blog, Addicted 2 Decorating, that showed a new and much easier way to tuft. I decided to try it for this project and have to say it was sooooo much better than the way I did it in the past.  And if you've never been to her site before you have to head over and check it out. The things she does all on her own are absolutely incredible!

This isn't going to be a tutorial here seeing how you can get the tufting tutorial from Kristi, and then the base is quite easy. But here are a few photos from the process. The first thing we did was mark out our x's. I had two little helpers who thought this part was quite fun so our x's were definitely not super precise =) but that's okay. After we marked the spots we just followed the tutorial for the top.

Once the top was finished I went out to the garage and started working on the base. I used my kreg jig and basically just attached the side rails to the legs like this:

Once the rectangle was built I decided to add some bracing because it was so long and I wanted to make sure it had plenty of support. In the photo below I had just balanced some extra wood I had across so I could mark where to cut them and after that I used my kreg jig to screw the cross braces in so they were level with the side bars that way the top of the ottoman can rest nice and flat onto the frame. Also make sure to make pocket holes on the side rails so you can easily attach the top of the ottoman once you've finished building and staining it.

For the stain I just put on one coat of Rustoleum's Weathered Gray and then you can see on the left part of the photo above that over top of the weathered gray I added Minwax's Provincial. Once the base was dry I just use my drill to connect the base to the ottoman top and it was finished! 

Source List:

Fireplace Color - Winter's Gate in Semi-Gloss by Benjamin Moore
Wall Color- Horizon in Eggshell by Benjamin Moore
Trim Color - Simply White in Semi-Gloss by Benjamin Moore
Door Color - Mopboard Black in Semi-Gloss by Benjamin Moore
Stone Colored Pillows of Sofa - Armelle Pillow Covers from Birch Lane
Other Pillows on Sofa - HomeGoods
Slipcovered Wingback Chairs by Fireplace - Savvy Home and Garden 6 or 7 years ago
Pillows on Chairs - HomeGoods
Blanket on Chair and Sofa - HomeGoods
Side Table - Pottery Barn
Lamp - Aidan Gray during a 75% clearance sale 8 or 9 years ago
Lamp Shade - HomeGoods
Milk Bottle Vases - Painted Fox
Metal Sphere - Target
Script Chairs - TJMaxx
TV Console - Antique shop in Camden, SC about 8 years ago
Frames above chairs - tutorial here 
Drapery Panels - IKEA Ritva Panels
Drapery Rods - Lowe's 
Sconces - RH Baby and Child
Mirror above Fireplace - Restoration Hardware
Blue Bottles on Fireplace - TJMaxx
White Pitcher -JoAnn Fabrics
Antlers - World Market 
Ottoman - we made it using lumber and legs from Lowe's and fabric from JoAnn's
Tray on Ottoman - HomeGoods
Rocking Horse - gift from my mom (from RH Baby and Child)
Painted French Cabinet - makeover here
Flush Mount - Lowe's
Blue Bottles on Fireplace - TJMaxx
Aqua Colored Pitcher - Joss and Main
Antlers - World Market 
Flush Mount - Lowe's
Table - Pier 1 years ago and has since been painted in French Linen from Lady Butterbug
French Bistro Dining Chairs -Arhaus
Slipcovered Dining Chairs - IKEA

I hope you all have a fabulous week! 

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Happy Saturday!



 "The hills are alive with the sound of music
With songs they have sung for a thousand years
The hills fill my heart with the sound of music
My heart wants to sing every song it hears..."

Just wanted to pop in and wish you all a happy Saturday! We'll be back next with the tufted ottoman that we made for our family room. 




Have a lovely weekend!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

More Progress in Our Den/Study



When we moved our Arhaus sofa into our family room that left a spot in our den/study that we needed to fill. We wanted something comfortable that also had a bit of a sophisticated feel to it. I'd been eyeing this sofa at Savvy for quite a while now and after inquiring about it discovered it belonged to Barbara Hartmann Interiors. Barbara gave us a deal we couldn't pass up and we were thrilled to add this to the room. We also highly recommend you give her a call if you are looking for a designer. I've seen several spaces she has designed and they are absolutely stunning!

We are still on the hunt for the right ottoman (we stole this one from the playroom a couple of months ago and took the slipcover off and are using it in here temporarily) and probably some leather chairs but other than that this room is almost finished. We just added the side table from HomeGoods last week. It wasn't what I had in mind originally but I brought it home to try because I was looking for something with a round top and I ended up liking it. We also added the lamp on the table and the golfer from HomeGoods as well. The one thing that we did change up though since taking these pictures was the white fluffy pillows. The girls picked those out but they only lasted a couple of hours before they were dubbed much too girly for this space by the male of the house. =)






The photo is of my great great grandparents. 






Source List:  

Wall Color - Midsummer Night in Matte by Benjamin Moore
Trim Color - Simply White in Semi-Gloss by Benjamin Moore
Door Color - Mopboard Black in Semi-Gloss by Benjamin Moore

Sofa - Barbara Hartmann Interiors
Pillows - HomeGoods
Ottoman - Target about 8 1/2 years ago (only in here temporarily)
Plaid Throw - HomeGoods
Clock (not shown) - Savvy Home and Garden in Williamsburg
Mirror above Fireplace - family antique
Side Table - HomeGoods
Books on Table - miscellaneous gifts
Little Tiny Vase on Table - Painted Fox
Lamp on Table - HomeGoods
Golfer - HomeGoods
Gold Frame - Gift 
Standing Lamp - Consignment Shop Find years agoRug - Joss and Main
Drapery Panels - Ritva Panels from IKEA
Print on the mantel - Gift - purchased at Savvy years about 7 years ago

Frames on Gallery Wall (not shown) - Michael's
Vase of Branches (cut from yard) - Painted Fox
Trophy-like Urn - Purchase on 75% clearance at a store called Seasons about 6 years ago
Books on Shelves - Passed on down or gifted from family members
Large White Book - Blurb photo albums
Small White Books - Chatbook photo albums
Grand Plaza Print - Arhaus

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! 



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