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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Favorite Find

Rhoda at Southern Hospitality is hosting a party. We are all showing off our favorite thrifty finds. You can't get much more thrifty than this...

I had been looking for an ottoman for my sun room. One of my friends had one that she no longer wanted. Now that is thrifty!



But... it was the wrong color and really looked bad in my yellow and blue room. I did like the large flower pattern, and it was the perfect size. So this is a job for the crafty, and the thrifty.






I painted it with a watered down wash of blue.






It isn't as fabulous as some of the decorating that Rhoda has done ~ but it works for us! The perfect place to set a cup of coffee in the morning.



Y'all check out Rhoda's party!

Sandi

32 comments:

DebraK from ~the Bunnies Bungalow~ said...

You painted it! OK now I want ALL the details on that. You're gonna do a furniture painting tutorial right? When I painted fabric it got stiff & I added some sort of fabric paint stuff to it...textile medium.
Tell me now, Hugs, DebraK

Jerry said...

Gee - couldn't some blue liquor have done the same thing? Learn from the Pimms! *smile*

Gigi said...

Smart and crafty! Thanks for the link Sandi I enjoyed looking at all the treasures!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

You were first & I love your painted ottoman! I've seen others paint furniture...it's really cool & works well. I love, love, love that!! You crafty thang you...thanks for playing.

Rhoda

Fran said...

Your ottoman looks wonderful! Yes, we definetely need a tutorial!

Fran

martha said...

Very clever! Tutorial please.

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

I've never heard of this before...but it looks great. A tutorial would be wonderful!
Diane

deputyswife said...

What a great idea color washing it! It turned out great!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Seriously~ I watered down some blue fabric paint and washed it over the ottoman with a sponge. Then once it dried, I did it again. No tutorial here!

The fabric is not stiff, but then as a coffee table it doesn't get a lot of wear and tear. I was a little surprised, but it worked!

nikkicrumpet said...

OMG what a great idea...I never would have thought about dying it. It worked beautifully! Thanks for visiting my blog. I love having company!

Tausha said...

found you from Southern Hospitality. Had to leave a comment that I absoulately love that ottoman. what a great idea! i would have never thought to paint the fabric! You are one of my new heroes! Please, come and stop by and say hello. I love to make new friends!!

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Painted?!? That is AMAZING!!

ceekay said...

Wow! That is impressive! I'd also would be interested in hearing how you did that.

Debbie said...

I'm doing a happy dance over here! I admire you and how brave you were to paint it! I would have never thought of doing something like that. It turned out so nice! I really like your blue and yellow room too!

Scooterblu's Whimsy said...

Wow! You PAINTED it? Now isn't that ingenious! Please do a tutorial and let me know! LOL! It turned out great! ~Rhonda :)

Jeanne said...

Oh, you are so clever. I never would have thought of such a thing. It looks beautiful.

I have a question? The Whistlestop Antique Mall is in Franklin, NC. There was a cafe there. Does this have anything to do with your blog name?

Thanks for sharing your great idea for the ottoman.

Jeanne

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

That is so creatively clever--and it turned out great! :) I just love having an ottoman to put my feet up on. I'm in awe of your makeover ability!

Blessings, Stacey

Bella said...

What? You painted upholstery? Now *THIS* I have to hear more about!!! Wow! It looks fantastic!

Bella

Melissa Wertz said...

Hey, that's a good idea!

Cameo said...

What an amazing transfromation. Fun find!

twintoo10292 said...

I didn't know you could do something like that to fabric. I think Rhoda would be so proud. You're not giving yourself enough credit. It turned out fabulous!Twin

Angie said...

Hi Sandi,

I painted a fabric chair once. Everyone thought I was crazy but it worked..and the chair looked great. I love it blue now...it works in the room so nicely!

~Angie

Pat said...

It looks very comfortable Sandi! Good job!

Hugs, Pat

Kimba said...

Wait just a ding-dong minute! You painted the fabric? Love it! Love it! Love it!

I love to paint furniture (I mean really love it) and my husband always jokes that if I ever figure out a way to paint upholstered furniture, we're all in big trouble!

Nancy said...

Well, I declare, I have never heard of that. How neat! Please do tell us the details. Enjoyed your blog too. Could you please send some of those fried green tomatoes over to southern lady-nancy???LOL:) Blessings, Nancy

Shelia said...

You painted the ottoman!? It's looks fantastic. I was thinking how pretty that fabric is and then learned you painted it! Woo Hoo, you're good.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Rue said...

That's really creative! I wouldn't have thought of it in a million years. It looks really cute :)

rue

Beverly said...

Wow, that never would have occurred to me. And, it looks fabulous.

Nikki said...

I would have never thought to do that, it turned out great!

Jen r. said...

That is so clever!I would have never thought of that! Jen R

ellie said...

It looks perfect in that room. What part did you paint? the legs or the whole ottoman. I love blue and yellow.

bj said...

WELL, GIRL, I AM JUST FLAT
BLOWN AWAY HERE...I can't believe how great that looks. Paint???
I MUST have the full iinstructions!
I have 2 chairs and an ottoman that is the wrong color for MY room ....can't afford new chairs nor reupholstry soooooo......
You did GREAT!
bj

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