DIY Burlap Ottoman

If there is one thing that I always need on hand in my home, it’s burlap. Given enough burlap I could probably rule the world. I got this only ottoman at a local flea market for $10 Here is a picture of the ottoman before that I took  via Instagram

Don’t get me wrong, I almost left this lovely floral fabric on this baby because I kind of loved the quirkiness of the pattern and the colors. Needless to say this piece wouldn’t have fit anywhere in my home so it had to change…

Why would they hide these cute little legs?? When I discovered the legs on this baby I knew that the skirt had to go. I started by ripping off the skirt using a pliers. That step was very simple & just required some muscle. After that I decided I wanted to make this a quick and simple makeover that could easily be changed if I found some new fabric that I wanted to put on this lovely ottoman. I had a roll of burlap laying around so I decided to use that. I wrapped the structure in the burlap & used a staple gun to secure the fabric. Now,I am not a professional & upholstering is still trial and error for me, but I love how rustic this turned out. I added nail head trim {found the upholstery tacks at Walmart for $.97 cents for a pack of 30} I added the nail head trim very easily using a hammer. I didn’t use any exact measurements, because again I wanted it to look old & shabby.

I’m sure this ottoman will rotate around our house, & it probably will not stay like this forever, but for now I’m loving this burlap beauty. It will be really easy to change out the fabric on this. Removing a few stapes with pliers & a flat head screw driver removes the upholstery tacks very nicely!

I’m loving this little ottoman in our living room, It goes great with our Christmas decor, which I will be blogging about this week too. Have you used burlap lately to recover anything? I would love to see it! Share it here in the comments or head on over to the facebook page {here} & share your burlap work with me! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend!

Talk to you soon..
Liz Marie

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  1. cute, cute, CUTE! Great job! You’re an inspiration! Upholstery scares me a bit! ha!

    • O my… I was so scared to post this because I was like people are going to nit pick my upholstery job.. but you know what.. just go for it! You can only get better right?? Thanks for your sweet comment! xx

  2. Wow! What a difference! It’s wonderful with the white and the natural fiber rug.

  3. LOVE this! Totally want to try this on my old leather ottoman in my living room…just need to talk the Mr. into it :) Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Thank you Kelly!! I hope you can talk him into it soon.. Seriously it was very easy and the difference it made is insane. Also, it’s very easy to change out. Thanks for the sweet comment :) xx

  4. This turned out great Liz! It’s amazing what some burlap, nailheads, and determination can make!

  5. This is adorable especially love the upholstery tacks! You did a fantastic job! I would love if you would share this over at my blog hop!

  6. That looks great Liz! Very nice! Thanks for sharing…as always! ;-)

  7. Very nice job! I agree those legs needed to be displayed! I’m currently working on reupholstering a rocking chair and it is tough. But, it’s definitely worth it to tackle these projects! Thanks for sharing yours.

  8. It looks AWESOME!

  9. SO cute! Great job! xo

  10. Love it, I’ve been on a burlap kick lately too! :)
    I added nailhead trim to one of my benches when I reupholstered it and for some reason it was crazy difficult, I ruined like half of the nails in the process. I wonder if it had to do with whatever (probably cheap) wood I was nailing it in to- every other blogger has had such an easy time with it!

  11. Such a neat idea! I will give it a try!

  12. Love it!

  13. Wow I love it, your ottoman turned out beautifully! It looks great in your room.

  14. looks so perfect, and i can think of a million places where it woud look fabulous in my home!!! yes???

    hope you’ll have a moment to stop by where i have a giveaway today

    peace to you.


  15. I absolutely LOVE this! And I’m with you: why would anyone cover up those legs? You did a great job with this. Found you on Miss Mustard Seed’s FFF, and the minute I saw the thumbnail I said “that would be great in my den!” I can only hope to aspire to your wonderful inspiration some day! Thanks for sharing this.

  16. Thanks so much for sharing! I have an ottoman (and it’s matchy mother the chair) that need a re-do. Seeing your project it makes me think that I just might be overthinking the whole thing…. my wheels are turning and I thank you for the inspiration!

  17. I am really loving that ottoman. We need one to go by a chair in our living room. I need to sit closer to tv so I can hear it. We thought of making an ottoman but I’d sure love to find a great one like you have, what a wonderful job you did on that recovering job
    I think the burlap is great with almost any style, lends it rusticity and yet is still sophistication. Isn’t that partly what design is about? One different piece that will contrast with what you have. No matchy, matchy
    . Plus the ottoman offers comfort. I have to keep my legs up, especially the left one due to lymphedema when I’m sitting. Would be so nice to have something comfy to put em up on that looks great also. Great job.

  18. I love what you did with the ottoman….burlap is one of my favorites. Thank you for linking this up at Simply Creation’s Link Party!

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  20. Great job!!! You have inspired me! I picked up a wreck of an ottoman at thrift store for $5 (unfortunately, it doesn’t have those cute legs your does!!) I figured it was a cheap enough piece to try my hand at reupholstering for the first time but have been overanalyzing what fabric to use. I love the burlap – just had to see it to realize it would be perfect – thanks!!

  21. Carol Parker says:

    I think re-upolstering something scares everyone….I have a roll of burlap in the garage and I am going to take on an ottoman that I have had since I go married some 23 years ago. It is in excellent condition except that it is white(or was white) and I did not want to get rid of it. I am glad I stumbled onto your website and saw how cute the one you did turned out. Great Job!!!!

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  23. Ahhh!!! I never thought about covering an ottoman with the burlap! Great idea for our baby girls nursery. I just recovered our dining room chairs in burlap… A hassle but doable!!! And looks great!!!

  24. I am so excited I just had to write you a note. Ok I have this ugly green ottoman in the garage I was about to get rid of. I have recently became crazy for burlap. really happened almost 3 years ago when I wraped my Christmas tree in burlap and plain lights, it was beautiful. At the time I thought I was so clever, now it seems everyone has gotten ahold of it and I’m catching up lol. So long story longer, Im gonna redo my ottoman. thanks for the idea, new to pinterest as of 3 days ago and already on my 2nd burlap project. Thanks for the idea.


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