Saturday, June 25, 2011

Black and white ottoman makeover

For a simple makeover, my chesterfield ottoman has taken some time. Its been used between all the coats of paint and being able to use something during a refurbishment certainly reduces the urgency. Unfortunately, it also allows so many other projects to come before it. No matter, it's done now and I'm loving it.

Here it is sitting in our hallway, painted in Dulux Whisper White. The first two coats were painted in an untinted white acrylic semi gloss paint and it just didn't look right. Without any tint at all, it looked a little cold and sickly. I left it that way for weeks on end unsure if I should do the final coat and hope for the best or sand it back and try another colour. Eventually, I remembered the tin of Whisper White paint in the cupboard and applied two coats of that. Amazing how a slightly off-white made all the difference.

Here it is in it's original state with brown legs. Do you remember when I picked it up on eBay and dreamed of all the vignettes I could create on it (see here for that post)? If you read my living room inspiration post, you'll know this is going in that room and I'm going for a black and white base so all traces of the chocolate hues of yesteryear need to go wherever possible.

After taping the row of tacks on each leg, I used a foam sanding pad to remove the varnish and smooth the surface. Two coats of the pure white were applied before it was brought inside, masking tape and all, to be forgotten for weeks on end.
 I provided a sneak of the ottoman in its half-finished state in the Treasures from Bali post.

 Then the Whisper White came out and it all came together.

Once the masking tape was removed, there was a distinct line where the paint stopped under the rows of tacks. Before the final coat, I used a small artist's brush to paint carefully between the tacks. That helped the paint blend in more to the piece and got rid of the line.

Et voila! A lovely ottoman and another small step closer to achieving a modern, vintage, black and white space for our living room.

Linking up with:

The DIY Show OffThe Lettered CottageMod Vintage Life


  1. It looks great! Glad the hard work paid off.

  2. You're right - the white paint really makes it look amazing! New follower! :)

  3. So much better with the white legs! It makes it look so much more expensive. Thanks for linking up to Mod Mix Monday!

  4. Very nice update! Thank you for linking to Handy Man, Crafty Woman's Wicked Awesome Wednesday!




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