Recently on our Instagram page, Rocky had talked about her obsession with an upholstered ottoman from Amber Interiors. Its not hard to be obsessed with it! Just look at it!!
Amber Interiors has some serious style. There is hardly a thing I wouldn’t want. So as I was perusing the ottoman section, I came across this one:
I am so into it! I am a sucker for plaid always!! Unfortunately this ottoman is always sold out. And even if it wasn’t, the price tag is a bit above budget. So what should I do?
My current coffee table is the exact same dimensions as this piece. Also, I just so happened to have impulse bought some grey dye at the grocery store in the clearance bin.
With those two things combined, a DIY was born.
I know mine wasn’t going to look just like this one. I didn’t have an amazing plaid fabric, but I did have a lot of a nubby cotton fabric I have been wanting to use for a long time. The only problem was that it always felt to yellow when I would try to incorporate it.
Enter grey dye.
I simply followed the directions on the packaging. It worked perfectly. It was probably the easiest and most successful dyeing I have ever done.
This is the before and after color. You can see how yellow the ivory fabric seemed.
I took my measurements and cut the fabric. For my coffee table, I needed a rectangular piece of fabric, then I cut out each corner. This was my drawing:
I didn’t have a complete rectangle, so I had to piece it a bit. I didn’t mind, because the inspiration ottoman had changes in pattern and seams.
Next I pinned the fabric in place wrong side out.
Next I got to sewing. I sewed along all the pinned edges, turned the fabric right side out and then sewed a line a half inch in to create a french seam.
- It was really easy to sew. It took about 6-7 hours to complete including dyeing and wash/dry time.
- I also like that it is laying on top of my wood coffee table, so I can effortlessly remove it and have the wood back.
- Very cheap, only cost about 2 dollars for the dye. I had the fabric on hand. So that could be an additional cost if you don’t have any.
- It is a bit “looser” than the inspiration ottoman. AI’s ottoman looks to have a solid base that fabric was tightly stretched on.
- The fabric is less exciting than AI’s ottoman. (although this is my fault for cheaping out and not buying a particular fabric)
- I have noticed in the few days I have had it that it has become a hiding spot for the kids and dog. The fabric keeps getting moved around, giving it have a messy look. Not my favorite thing.
- I am concerned with the lifespan of fabric on a highly used and abused table.
- I am not in love with the grey in my room. It is a really nice shade of grey, but takes on a purple tint next to my taupe sofa and love seat. I may have to get new pillows as well if I decide to keep it. (secret hooray!)
With all this mind, I am a bit torn on the result. I do like the DIY. I think with the right table and fabric you could have an exact replica of AI’s ottoman. However I do not, which is a bit disappointing.
So, if you have the money and are fortunate enough to find one on her site that is available, I would BUY it.
If not, this is a very doable DIY. You will save yourself thousands of dollars. It well worth a try!!