Do you have a piece of furniture that you keep flipping and updating, making it over again and again so it continues to fit your needs? That one piece in our home is our ottoman. We are on version 4.o of this beauty and I can’t wait to show you how easy it was to create a Grain Sack Stripe Painted Ottoman.
By the way – have you noticed anything different? Yes, the blog got some new digs and this is my first ‘soft launch’ post. Lot’s of house keeping to do before we make the official announcement, but stay tuned for a BIG giveaway to happen! Now back to our regularly scheduled DIY…
We purchased this ottoman over 10 years ago and it has moved with us from house to house. A few years back, I shared how I transformed the worn out leather top into a DIY Chevron Fabric covered ottoman.
Version 2.0 was oh-so-pretty, but she didn’t hold up to the constant wear and tear that my boys gave her. Plus the Chevron fabric wasn’t the right fit for my home.
One of my boys is a picker — and not in the good junkin’ kind of way. Because he’s constantly destroying things with his bad habit, my poor burlap trim didn’t stand a chance with him around.
Consequently, I went with a sturdier option for version 3.0. A pretty duck fabric in gray with tufted buttons.
Now do you think those tufted buttons stood a chance?
I didn’t learn my lesson. Those buttons lasted only a few months. As a result, version 4.0 was born.
My original plan involved removing the padded top altogether and replacing it was a barn wood top. I started stripping the gray duck fabric off to reveal the creamy muslin fabric underneath.
It was at this time that all the men in my house vetoed the wooden top idea. That’s when this idea was created! Here’s how easy it is to create this look. Affiliate links are provided for your convenience – read my full disclosure here.
Grain Sack Stripe Painted Ottoman
- Here’s how we added padding in my Chevron Fabric Version
- Muslin fabric
- Painters Tape
- Milk Paint
- I used Folk Art Milk Paint in Sumter Blue
To begin, I taped off one large stripe and two smaller stripes down the center of my ottoman. Be sure to measure from the edge to have straight and equal lines.
I used the 3m Delicate Surfaces painters tape since my Muslin fabric was on the thin side.
Next, you simply paint the stripes and let it dry. The milk paint only took one coat and dried within 30 mins. I painted the stripes with a foam craft brush, being careful to not let it bleed underneath the tape.
After 30 minutes, I removed the tape to reveal my fun grain sack stripes!
Since the muslin was under the duck fabric used in version 3.0, there were pin holes from where the tufted buttons were. Luckily muslin is a forgiving fabric and after a bit of work, I was able to make those small holes disappear with a few scrapes of my finger nail.
I reattached my padded top to the base and she was finished!
Because I had altered the legs when I covered it with the Chevron fabric, I didn’t do anything additional to the legs.
While uncovering the ottoman, I found that I had left the leather around the base from the very first factory version. In one short afternoon, I removed the leather to find this chocolatey stained base.
I LOVE how the dark wood looks against the distressed legs and the muslin top.
This grain sack stripe painted ottoman matches my elements of blue I’ve been adding to my home.
I’m happy because this was an easy and inexpensive DIY. Better yet, my men are happy because they still have their padded ottoman – even the dog likes it!