Okay, what happens when you have a thrifted pot, an extra curtain, and a button? The answer to this random question is… a DIY ottoman of course. I stumbled across this upside down hammered brass pot the other day. When upside down, it already had a place to sit! I brought it home and it sat in the living room for a few days before I figured out what I wanted to do with it.


It needed cleaning, luckily I had some Brasso on hand to polish it. I grabbed my husband’s jigsaw and cut a piece of plywood to fit inside the bottom of the pot. It fits perfectly and doesn’t budge because of that lip.


I picked up a piece of foam from Michaels and ended up paying $5 for it with a coupon. You can’t beat that! Than I cut the foam to match the size of the plywood. Easy.


The trickiest part was figuring out how I wanted to prep it for the one tuft in the center. I drilled two holes in the plywood and stuck a pen through the foam. This way I could fasten the button by going up through one hole in the plywood and all the way through the foam, attach the button, come back through the foam in the same hole, and down through the second hole in the plywood. Then I would tie it off. Does that make any sense? I hope so.

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The fabric came from a linen curtain that I already had. I upholstered it and added the tuft, ¬†using a leftover piece of floral wire instead of thread I didn’t have. Then I decided to use some fabric glue to add a trim from the one dollar section at target.

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That’s it! It took me a total of an hour to complete. The total cost was $9! I really like the way this turned out. It is plenty sturdy to sit on, which worried me at first. It will probably be moving around the house for a while until I find the perfect spot for it. What do you think? Have you upholstered anything lately?

– Chelsea


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