The only thing to call this is “Ugly Orange.”
As stylish as it may have been back in “the day”—must have been a day in the 70s—it’s well past its prime.
As ugly and orange as it was, it was still in great shape. Sturdy, with nice legs.
There wasn’t much to it, just a functional wood frame.
And the plywood top had suggested it really was for feet. There was the thinnest layer of foam on top. Not a cushy spot to plant your bottom.
After I stripped her. I added thick layer of foam on the top. I forgot to take photos of this step, but it was a couch cushion rescued from our annual city-wide clean-up a few months ago.
I had jute coffee bags in mind for this makeover, but couldn’t make the patterns and prints fit the dimensions so I went with plain burlap. The burlap was in my stash of rescued fabrics and fortunately there was a piece large enough to cover the new thick foam pad.
I have an eyelet dust ruffle somewhere and I had that in mind when I thought of the skirt. To cover up the raw edges of the burlap and the cardboard that covered the sides I stapled on an undergarment of plain muslin, also from my stash.
Then for a more modest look, I covered the legs with a wide strip of crisp muslin. First I stitched lace around the hem. It was part of a huge score of lace I bought at the flea market sometime last year. The lace was a double layer, so it would have cost a pretty penny if I bought it new for this project.
I know I should have pressed it first, but this layer won’t show and I was impatient to finish.
Turns out I couldn’t find my dust ruffle, but I didn’t look very hard after I came across this curtain panel. A friend gave me this because she knew I would find a good project for it. She was right. I cut it into four strips, but only used three of them to add this skirt.
The skirt got two more layers of lace at the hem, this time, two different pieces.
I hid the waistline by stapling double-edged lace—it had a finished edge along the top and bottom—along the seam. Then I covered the staples by whip-stitching a narrow bit of trim over the staples.
And that is how an ugly orange duckling became a beautiful burlap ottoman. It’s a great accent piece in the den or living room and it would be fun and functional in front of a vanity in the powder room, or master bath. Little princesses of all ages will love it.
The staples are the only part of this project that aren’t recycled. But I didn’t buy them at the hardware store. They came out of a box someone else bought at a hardware store many years ago. I bought the box of staples at an estate sale a few months ago.
So while it’s not 100% recycled, I’d say it’s 99.99% recycled. What do you think?