Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Making Two Different Ottomans Look the Same

Why Can't Anything Be Easy?????

Let's go back to my niece Miriam's home, and see what I've been up to!!!!
Last time we were there.....
It looked like this!!!!!
I was trying to find an ottoman that matched the one on the right.
My first attempt was STOOPID!!!!!
I made a rookie's mistake, and forget to check the dimensions before I had Miriam buy it.
WELL.....
it was toooo small.....
I found the one on the right on eBay.
I wanted a 1930's style.
The first one was fairly easy to find, 

so I was careless in my attention when choosing the second one....
...I thought it was biggerer.....
but it was littlerer.......
I found it on Craig's List.
Feeling sheepish and guilty, I became a bloodhound in the search of a replacement footstool.....
It took me almost 9 months.....
OK, OK,
maybe I wasn't really looking the whole time.....
But that's what I told Miriam and Ross.....
They just had their baby, so I hope they're too busy to read this post!!!!!
So this is the best I could find.
The width and depth were almost the same as the first one.
Buttttt.....it was shorterer.....
I didn't want to have to drive an hour out to Worcester, which is in western Massachusetts, so I arranged to meet the seller at her dentist's office in Brookline which is just outside of Boston.
So there I was....
 waiting in the dentist office....
 listening to drills....
 all for my niece Miriam. 
Of course, the woman I was meeting had been held up in traffic,
 and was 20 minutes late.
I sorta felt a little awkward,... sitting by myself in the waiting room... not being a patient.....
But the ladies behind the check in desk were very nice, and even let me use the rest room!!!!!

The new footstool wasn't as tall as the first one, but I figured I could resolve that in the reupholstering.
The legs were a little different.
But I told Miriam that that just made it more interesting!!!!!
She believes anything I tell her!!!!!
So...
here they are, side by side in my workroom.
They are both from the 1930's, however, with the slightly different leg styles, there was a 1.5" difference in height.
Before I stripped them, I took some pictures of how they had been done, so that if I got confused, I would have something to refer to.
My upholstery teacher, told us to always take detail pictures.
It's a really good idea.
You think that you'll remember how it went together, because it takes so long to take it apart.....
but you can't....
at least I CAN'T!!!!!

The corners were hand stitched closed.
I would never have know to do that.
I would have sewn the whole piece together, and then cried when I couldn't get it on properly.
So, 
that's what my project was.
Next post I will show you how I made these things look somewhat the same.
THEN....
I will show you how GREAT they look in Miriam's living room.
Are you excited?????
Can you wait?????
This is good stuff!!!!!

On that note,
Latah, Gatah
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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Your a tease!! This is only 1/2 a post but because your Betsy Speert I'll give you a break...can't wait to see!!

Alison Perkins said...
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Alison Perkins said...

What I first intended to say...

Can't wait to see the results and I will patiently stayed tuned for the next episode of the "Speert of Our Lives". lol

Anonymous said...

While I understand your "eye" and sense of design for this room wants them to be matched, I like the different heights of the footstools because...1) a very tall person doesn't always use the same height footstool as a shorter person. 2) as a child grows they need the different height in footstools to comfortably sit on their own and to roll on and lean against and climb over. 3) sometimes you just need to be different in something! 4) it helps to have different seating height when taking family pictures. All of which can be ignored - just saying different can be a good thing! RSmith

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