Before and after: Old vinyl pouf turns on-trend faux fur ottoman

Items you will need
Items you will need

I picked up this dated ottoman from a thrift store for an absolute bargain (shocked?! I know, who wouldn’t want this gorgeous piece, ha ha) and gave it a sweet makeover for my nursery.

As I don’t know if I’m having a girl or boy, I’ve decided on a neutral colour scheme of white, grey and dusty turquoise/mint with a bit of a bear theme.

Today I’m going to show you how I revamped this old vinyl ottoman to give it a fresh new look.

Ottoman before
Ottoman before… Nasty with a capital ‘N’!

[ingredients title=”Items you will need”]

  • Ottoman
  • Upholstery fabric (I used a faux fur)
  • T-Rex glue
  • Glue gun
  • Piece of timber board at 20cm by 20cm
  • 4 dowel legs at 12cm long
  • Electric drill
  • Screws
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Duct tape
  • Felt furniture feet protectors


Items you will need
Items you will need

[directions title=”Steps:”]

  1. Make the timber base by screwing the four dowel legs in the corners of your timber board. Tip: it’s easier if you mark the exact centre of each dowel leg and pre-drill the holes.
  2. Pre drill holes
    Pre-drill holes
    Finished base
    Finished base
  3. Cover the ottoman in faux fur. If you’re handy with a sewing machine, you could sew a slip cover by measuring the top and sides of the ottoman and creating a ‘hat’ to sit over the top. Unfortunately I was a bit short on fabric width to do this so I decided to T-Rex the fur straight onto the ottoman. This means I’ll only be able to spot clean the ottoman (rather than being able to remove the cover and wash it if I had sewed it).
  4. Duct tape fur fabric in place while the glue dries
    Duct tape fur fabric in place while the glue dries
  5. Glue the timber base to the bottom of your ottoman. Again I used T-Rex glue which is a commercial glue that is pretty much indestructible.
  6. Apply glue to top of timber base
    Apply glue to top of timber base
    Glue base onto ottoman
    Place the base in the centre of the ottoman and weigh down with heavy objects until glue dries
  7. Apply the felt protectors to the feet of the ottoman to protect your floors (the type we selected needs a plastic base to be screwed into the base of the feet but you could just opt for stickers).
  8. Pre-drill hole for felt protector
    Pre-drill hole for felt protector
    Screw on protector base
    Screw on protector base
    Stick felt stickers onto base
    Stick felt stickers onto base
  9. Turn the ottoman the right way around and fix up any odd bits by trimming excess fur and stitching/gluing down any strays.


Finished ottoman
Finished ottoman

Ottoman and chair

There you have the steps I used to turn this manky old brown vinyl pouf into a chic fur ottoman πŸ™‚

Stay tuned for more nursery ideas soon!


    • It seems fluffy stools are taking over the internet right now, ha ha! I love this one for the nursery and imagine it’s going to get a lot of use soon πŸ˜‰


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