A Quick Before & After Under $200

10 Jan

Happy Monday! Today I wanted to share a recent & affordable before and after project. These ottomans were originally upholstered in a dark green pinstriped velvet during the late 80’s. My client has had them sitting around and wasn’t even sure she wanted to recover them. She didn’t want to spend a ton of money but wanted to make a big impact.

From the moment I spotted them, I knew they would be perfect in the new living room configuration. I love the classic shape and the scale was perfect for her living room. Here they are before.

We selected this turquoise and brown graphic diamond pattern fabric with an ivory base. The price was great and the heavy weight of the fabric would be durable enough to put your feet up on.

Total estimated cost breakdown:
Ottomans: Free / Client has had them for about 20 years
Fabric: 4 yards @ $19.99 per yard = $180.00
Labor to reupholster each ottoman: $50 / $100 for both
For a grand total of $180!


And here they are now! These ottomans are completely updated and look beautiful in the living room with the new sofa and accent chairs!


And since we had a little extra fabric left, my client wanted to throw a few lumbar pillows on the sofa. I think everything turned out fabulous and for less than $200

14 Responses to “A Quick Before & After Under $200”

  1. Jessica at lavender and lilies January 10, 2011 at 5:38 AM #

    I love that fabric!

  2. Fran January 10, 2011 at 6:58 AM #

    Those ottomans are fabulous!!!!

  3. Abby @ a delightful design January 10, 2011 at 7:12 AM #

    I love them. The shape of those ottomans was too good to pass up!

    *will we get to see the whole room?*

  4. Kendall January 10, 2011 at 7:52 AM #

    Wow Abbe, those look great! And on that budget, impressive! Where is that fabric from? Love it!

  5. 1 Funky Woman January 10, 2011 at 7:56 AM #

    Fantastic Fabric! I want to see a pic of the whole room now! Great idea to add the pillows!

  6. Tonia January 10, 2011 at 9:37 AM #

    I love the stools. I had some similar a while back but they’re long gone.

  7. ts January 10, 2011 at 11:34 AM #

    Wow where on earth did you find an upholsterer who would only charge 50 per ottoman. I live in Seattle and have a very similar stool and was quoted 150 per!!!

  8. Tammy@InStitches January 10, 2011 at 6:48 PM #

    That fabric is great and so is the price !

  9. liz January 10, 2011 at 7:30 PM #

    wow~ i have to agree with ts…. where is this upholsterer?? even with designer pricing, my cost would be much higher…. and ‘a few lumbar pillows’ or even one pillow would have been higher than $20- for labor and pillow form.

    love the makeover! custom and re-used is often less expensive and always more fun than new!

  10. studioten25 January 11, 2011 at 5:55 PM #

    Liz, Thank you for stopping by the blog! It’s not what you know it’s who you know! I have a great friend who does upholstery work on the side. A bit slow but worth it on small projects. Abbe

  11. studioten25 January 11, 2011 at 5:56 PM #

    Hi Tammy, Thank you for stopping by the blog! I’m glad you liked the post.

  12. studioten25 January 11, 2011 at 5:57 PM #

    I hope to have full room pics in a few months, we are in the throws of the update.

  13. studioten25 January 11, 2011 at 5:57 PM #

    Hi Abby, I hope to have room pics soon! They are fabulous, I was so glad that she wanted to use them!


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