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celticchrys
« on: February 01, 2009 09:29:56 AM »

I've recently rearranged my living room, and in the process, I wanted to improve several things.  I wanted to cover the old worn second-hand ottoman I have, and I wanted to be able to use the coffee table as an ottoman as well.  I found a large tablecloth at Big Lots for $5, and used it for materials:

I had an old padded mattress cover I never use, so I cut it into rectangles that would fit the top of my coffee table:

I sewed the layers together:

I used a piece of the table cloth to cover it.  It makes propping your feet on the table much more comfortable:

I used the same fabric to cover the ottoman, so it would match:

The Fireplace:
When I moved my furniture, the ugly fireplace was no longer hidden by my entertainment center.  It's ugly gold bricks with mismatched brick in the center, and ugly tiles.  I rent and have been forbidden to paint this monstrosity.  I was inspired by this idea of using foam core and wallpaper:
http://www.designspongeonline.com/2008/05/diy-project-kates-wallpaper-fireplace.html
I already had a lot of leftover vinyl wallpaper, but foam core, this much of it was too pricey for me.  Instead, I used tri-fold project boards made of cardboard; the type you use for a science fair project presentation.
Before:

Closeup of the ugly bricks and tile:

Putting up the cardboard:

With all cardboard up; it was white on one side, and I didn't keep it all turned the same way.
Here it is with all cardboard up:

And here it is covered in white wallpaper.


I'll add a close-up of it finished later, etc, after I've neatened the edges.  I also plan to put candles or something in the center.
I used clear packing tape to attach the cardboard to the fireplace, and to attach the pieces of cardboard to one another as well.  I also used the tape to adhere the wallpaper to the cardboard.
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wienersandbeans
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2009 10:36:31 AM »

Does the wallpaper you used have any patterning on it? If so, I'd love to see a close-up shot.

It's amazing what an uplift that fireplace blind gives your room! You're inspiring me to attack my own hideous fireplace: brown tile surrounding black-and-gold metal.

Awesome re-upholstering too. Great project, thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2009 11:48:09 AM »

holy cow! that fireplace really is ugly O_o
great job on covering it up Cheesy
The ottomans look inviting too Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2009 12:09:44 PM »

Oh wow!  CC;  that is a major change.
The room looks much larger and more inviting this way. 
The ottomans look great too;  it's amazing how simple things can make such a difference.
Can't wait to see it up close.

Morgan
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celticchrys
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2009 04:06:27 PM »

Thanks for the great comments, everyone!

Does the wallpaper you used have any patterning on it? If so, I'd love to see a close-up shot.

It's amazing what an uplift that fireplace blind gives your room! You're inspiring me to attack my own hideous fireplace: brown tile surrounding black-and-gold metal.

Awesome re-upholstering too. Great project, thanks for sharing!


Here is a macro shot of the wallpaper texture/pattern.  In person, the stripes are about 1 centimeter in width, and the overall effect is like beadboard.


Here is my first attempt at filling the box in the center.  A set of Moravian star christmas lights draped over a still life.  I had thought first of candles, but decided real fire next to paper covered cardboard would be bad.  This is definitely still changing.
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« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2009 04:48:54 PM »

LOOKS AWSOME!

check out walmart or even dollar stores for thoes battery operated candles.. you can get all different sizes of pillars.. they look like real  candles but it's a little light bulb!
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« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2009 05:52:56 PM »

LOOKS AWSOME!

check out walmart or even dollar stores for thoes battery operated candles.. you can get all different sizes of pillars.. they look like real  candles but it's a little light bulb!

What a great idea!  I received several of those in votive size for Christmas.  I'll have to dig them out and add them to the arrangement!
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« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2009 09:28:08 PM »

WOW the fireplace looks awsome!  It was so ugly before, what was with those horrible tiles  Roll Eyes  I really like the new look though, maybe to put in the "window" you could get one of those scroll candle holders that holds 3 pillars, and use the LED candles in it - they even sell remote control candles at target!  I put one of those in my fireplace when it's not in use. 
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« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2009 09:54:36 PM »

Great idea!  Looks great

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« Reply #9 on: February 02, 2009 06:12:38 AM »

WOW the fireplace looks awsome!  It was so ugly before, what was with those horrible tiles  Roll Eyes  I really like the new look though, maybe to put in the "window" you could get one of those scroll candle holders that holds 3 pillars, and use the LED candles in it - they even sell remote control candles at target!  I put one of those in my fireplace when it's not in use. 

Remote control candles? OK, I'm totally going to go visit Target now, to look for these!
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