I did WHAT with a shower curtain?!

 Let me preface this post by saying, this project was nowhere NEAR intentional.
A complete fluke.
100% luck.

I had toyed with the idea of reupholstering my ottoman for a while now. The pattern that we bought it in 3 years ago was fine... 3 years ago. But now it was preventing me from styling our living room the way I wanted to. The pattern was boring and outdated. But on the flip side, having an ottoman instead of a traditional coffee table has done wonders for Abigail's face. She can crash into this all day long and we don't have to take trips to the emergency room. Putting my child's safety over a stylish living room = mother of the year status, right?

Here's the dilemma I was facing, I don't sew. Like, not even a little. The only hemming I do on pants is with those iron on strips and even then, working an iron these days is like asking me to say the alphabet backwards. I can't do it. (If you're wondering why my husband married me, your guess is as good as mine. Don't even get me started on my 'cooking' abilities.) I have never stepped foot into a Joann's Fabric store and even asked one of my girlfriends if they even make fabric big enough to cover an ottoman. She thought I was kidding. I wasn't.

After that conversation, I decided that trying to take on this project was 50 shades of crazy and put it out of my mind. But I wanted to add a little bit of spice to the living quarters, so I decided to dig out the blank canvas I had in a spare closet and roll with that. I had an idea in my head that I wanted to cover it with a fun patterned fabric and stick a monogrammed 'H' on it.

That brings me to the Target trip Abigail & I took on Saturday. We like to stroll around Target aimlessly on Saturday afternoons after Billy goes to work.

I decided that I didn't need to go to a fabric store to complete my project. I thought I would be able to find a pillowcase or tablecloth in a pattern I liked and just re-purpose it for my canvas. I headed down the bath aisle and that's when I found a beautiful shower curtain with an ikat design. I loved it and knew it would be perfect.

That night, after I put Abigail to bed, I tore open the package and began to lay the curtain out on the floor to begin covering the canvas. That's when I realized how HUGE it was. A light bulb went off and I decided to drape the shower curtain over the top of my ottoman. It was perfect! It was plenty big enough, so I decided to roll with it!

All I used was the shower curtain, a pair of scissors and a staple gun.

I don't have any step by step pictures, because if I'm being honest, I didn't think there was a chance in H-E double hockey sticks that this was going to work or turn out the way that it did.
 But alas... I give you, my DIY reupholstered ottoman.

The only tricky part was the corners. But really it wasn't that hard. All I did was fold them into each other and played with them until the looked right.

& let me just say, this thing is NO WHERE near perfect. If you were to flip this thing upside down, you would be horrified to find jagged edges and staples where staples probably don't belong. And the fabric is a bit loosey goosey in a few places that it shouldn't be. (You can kidn of see that in the above picture) But I'm proud of it!  

Here is a before and after:

This whole project cost me $20 (the price of the shower curtain) & a little bit of my sanity.
A bargain if you ask me!

What do you think?


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