Trying Furniture on for Size


A year ago I started redecorating my front living room. It’s been a work in progress. Little by little things have been changing in that room. I had baby Sam in the middle of it all and it put a major hold on things. But I would still stop, stand there and contemplate what should be done next. It’s been a great learning experience but also a bit of an obsession.

Please can’t my room just look like it came out of a magazine with minimal amount of energy, time and money on my part?

One thing that I’ve been putting off is reupholstering our second inherited-from-Grandma-wing back-chair. It was so much work the first time that I’ve been dreading it…


Well, I did it! I’m done!! I’m excited about it can you tell? I now have 2 lovely brown chairs.


This time around it was much easier! I should have done it sooner. It helped that I wasn’t pregnant, I knew what I was doing and Leah was a great helper in pulling out staples. (It’s true, I’d loosen them and she’d pull them out. She loved it.)


I did have to re-watch Downton Abbey episodes and all the Jane Austen movies that I own but I did it! The piping and sewing part can be a real challenge so it certainly isn’t professional looking. The arms are a little funky and the cushion is the hardest, most frustrating part. So don’t look too close, OK.

So now that my chairs are finally done, I’m ready to move on to the next part of my plan. I need to purchase or thrift a piano somehow. I still haven’t decided if I’m really going to paint it yellow. I just need to get my hands on one and stick it in the room before I decide. So while I scan the classifieds every day I’m dreaming of a coffee table or an ottoman to go in the room.

If you are following me on Pinterest you’ll see that I have been pinning a lot of ottomans and coffee table idea in my Front Room Decorating Ideas board. I’m actually thinking of MAKING an ottoman. Ack, am I crazy? I’ve collected some wood and think I can do it with the help of my handy-table-saw-owning-neighbor. I figure if I can reupholster a wing back I can do ANYTHING! Right? Ha.

But have I told you I’m bad at decisions? Oh yes… I’ve mentioned it several times. The decision is the hard part. Not only am I trying to decide what type and shape to make but what fabric to put on it.

Humor me, will you? I’m a very visual person. (You’ll have to imagine a piano in place of the leather love seat.)

Option 1: A cheap Ikea coffee table with 2 homemade stools or poofs (different fabric, of course)

idea 1

Option 2: A large square or rectangular ottoman with a large floralish print.

idea 2

Option 3: A large ottoman with dark fabric. Probably tufted. Probably grey.

idea 3

Option 4: A large ottoman with light neutral fabric.

idea 4

Option 5: A large round ottoman. (this one I couldn’t make) Probably a graphic patterned fabric. Chevron?

idea 5

Option 6: Large ottoman with graphic fabric. Turquoise or grey?

idea 6

You see my problem? Are you laughing at me? I certainly am. I know, I’m somewhat ridiculous. But will someone please decide for me and just tell me what to do? Square or rectangular? Solid, neutral, graphic, pattern, stripe, chevron?  Leave a comment and tell me which set up you like the best, will ya? Thanks a bunch. XO

ps. Stop rolling your eyes.

6 comments on Trying Furniture on for Size

  1. Mel
    February 13, 2013 at 9:11 pm (4 years ago)

    I love lots of pattern, so I am an advocate of the large rectangular ottoman in a big floral print. I cannot WAIT for you to get your hands on a piano…PLEASE paint it yellow. I would love to live vicariously through you.

  2. Laser
    February 14, 2013 at 11:28 am (4 years ago)

    The size of the ottoman in option 6 appeals to me the most. I think I prefer a rabric that is dark brown though.

  3. Grandma Debbie
    February 14, 2013 at 4:20 pm (4 years ago)

    I like either 2 or 6. I think I am a fan of the slightly smaller size. I think chevron may be too trendy. I did have a thought on a darker fabric looking cleaner longer. It’s coming along and looking good! xoxox

  4. jessica
    February 15, 2013 at 12:32 am (4 years ago)

    I am zero help on the ottoman thing, every coffee table I’ve ever tried ends up in the shop b/c I can’t figure out how to make it work or keep people from using it as a diving board for the couch. I think of all of them I like the smaller round one, though maybe in a coordinating neutral solid? So you didn’t get tired of the print?

    I am AH-mayzed that you reupholstered those chairs. They look wonderful I am way too chicken to try it. I know I’d end up with ripped apart chairs and tears at the sewing machine.

  5. Lindsay
    February 17, 2013 at 7:50 pm (4 years ago)

    You are cute! I think a pattern, I like the floral, in maybe a modern shape. Have you seen those electric spool ottomans. I am trying to get one together now. Home improvment stores give away those huge electric spools. A friend made one and said it was pretty simple. Check it out.
    Oh how fun it would be to live near eachother and make a new ottoman while watching Downton. Sigh. Miss you.

  6. Sabra
    February 19, 2013 at 10:48 pm (4 years ago)

    I like option 5 & 6… I like the pattern but ya you might get tired of that… maybe if it was a subtle print? Ps, I love the visual=ness of this. Totally great idea.