Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Coffee Table Transformation

When the new Pottery Barn catalog arrived, there was one piece that truly stood out to me… the Kilim stool.  Amidst all the solid and leather pieces, I loved the texture on this stool.  It looks warm, comfortable, and perfect for cold weather.  

kilim bench

The patterns are so interesting and rich.

My current stools (or coffee table so to speak) have ZERO interest.  They were an inexpensive option at the time, not to mention they could be easily wiped down.  However, they lacked any appeal whatsoever.  Fake leather, ripped on the corner, and sad.


The entire family room was monochromatic.  Just, brown.

So… why not recover the coffee table stools and save a bundle, rather than replace?  It was off to Jo-Ann fabrics in search of a kilim/tapestry-like fabric.  I should note, I lack any and all decision making skills.  Picking a fabric was torture, despite the ‘help’ from my amazing hubby.  Funny enough, he did in fact choose the fabric, Ralph Lauren’s Farmingdale Paisley in Chestnut.

A simple process… measure/cut fabric, dissemble stools,  wrap fabric tightly around the top, staple into place, and re-assemble!

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Two hours, one bandage, and 397 staples later…



No, my stools do not have the gorgeous turned legs or exquisite straight-from -Europe fabric… however… they provide a much needed break from BROWN.  The fabric is a bit more traditional, but works well with our decor and gives the same idea as the Pottery Barn version. 



I love the result… upholstery is a perfect balance in a room full of wood and leather.  Sometimes it pays to work with what you have!

I'm linking up with Wendy @ The Shabby Nest for Frugal Friday!  Join in and check out all the other projects!


crumb said...

Looks Great!! maybe you'd like to come recover my chairs ;)

Kelli said...

Kate, those turned out great. I love that fabric, very warm and cozy. Thanks for sharing :)

65 Roses for Marcia said...

I LOVE how it turned out...great job Kate(and Adam)!

Tee said...

You did a fab job! That fabric is beautiful.

Breakfast At Toast said...

GREAT job. When did you do this? Do I see a Christmas tree??

Did you do the headboard yet? I need to reupholster mine!

The Starr Family said...

Danielle... I actually just did this project! That tree is, believe it or not, a Halloweenie Tree. Covered in spiders, gourds, and what not. My children LOVE lights & trees, anything for their smiles.

Anonymous said...

I like those. Great to have some color and pattern in that room!

S. W.

mapleandmagnolia.com said...

Love it! As pretty as Pottery Barn and a whole lot cheaper! Love the fabric you chose, too!

Emily {Frilly Details} said...

Wowee!! What a beautiful transformation! Love love LOVE that fabric. Awesome job! :)

Jessica @ Decor Adventures said...

These are really nice. I too probably wouldn't think to use a fabric like that but it works so well. I might have to try it out at my own place :-)

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