Ottoman Before & After… Schumacher Trim by Mary McDonald

Hello friends!  I am still trying to get back into the groove of things after an amazing time at Haven.  It was so good to meet so many amazing ladies and chat about design- Emily Clark, Kristen Jackson, Sarah Macklem, Sherry Hart, Cyndy Aldred, Elizabeth-The Mustard Ceiling, and the list goes on & on. The conference was geared toward DIY’ers. I myself can appreciate and enjoy a few swipes of the paint brush and I have at times yielded a can or two of spray paint, but its not where my strength or passion lies.  I have learned the hard way that I do-not-do-it-myself.  I am more of a DIFM gal (do-it-for-me). Hence the ottoman I am about to show you.  This was a $10 thrift store ottoman with good bones.  And to be completely honest with you, 3 years ago (when I was feeling my DIY-ness) I attempted to recover this ottoman (I will spare you the photo).  After the failed attempt to recover it, I tossed it into the kids playroom and forgot about it.  Then earlier this year I came across this image:

And thats all I took and i was off to my upholsterer for a makeover.  He took one look at my “attempt” at recovering and said “OH my God! who did this?!!” to which I replied “I have no idea! I bought it this way” and that my friends is why I do not D.I.Y…………..

Here is the BEFORE:



Much better right?!  My sofa also got a makeover and I will be sharing those photos soon.



15 thoughts on “Ottoman Before & After… Schumacher Trim by Mary McDonald”

  1. So gorgeous Amanda. It’s killing me reading all these Haven updates- totally going to go next year!

  2. Muuuucccccchhhhhh better. Not bad for 10.00 plus the ulphostery costs.

  3. Omg, yours look soooooo much better than the inspiration! The trim is so swoon worthy! Great job on this. I had a chair that I tried to do and I hate that I donated it instead of sending it off to the upholsterer:(

    So glad I had a chance to meet you girlfriend!

  4. Love it! I see some Mary McDonald trim in my future.

  5. You do DIFM perfectly!! 🙂 It’s fabulous, love the width of that trim!

  6. Sharon B. says:

    That trim is divine! I can’t believe the transformation, I would have walked right by that ottoman. Now it’s a showstopper!

  7. Fabulous, that ottoman is absolutely perfect. Amanda, It was so nice to meet you at Haven. We had some great conversation in the secret coffee lounge ;). I miss you guys already! Thanks for taking pics for me! Sarah

  8. Oh my goodness! this is amazing!

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  10. Amazing eye Amanda! I totally wold have passed that’s piece up, but you saw what it could be, not what it was. Über impressive!!

  11. I love the trim and the neutral fabric… classic! I am shooting for Haven next year! Glad you had fun!

  12. SHERRY HART says:

    Whew…like I said…there are some things I will not attempt to DIY 🙂 It sure is pretty now!

  13. Kathysue says:

    ♥♥♥ your ottoman. I am right there with you, I have always said I am the point girl. I point to where I want it placed!! Love Mary McDonald’s whole line for Schumacher. Did you see her upcoming spread in House Beautiful for September. A bit of a surprise for the usually bold Mary McDonald, but always done to perfection. Take a look at my kitchen pinboard and you will see the kitchen, very very pretty, I think you will love it. Oh how I wish I could have been at Haven to meet all the beautiful ladies you have mentioned,

  14. Mrs. DeVore says:

    It looks beautiful! The upholsterers comment made me laugh, I’m sure if I attempted something that complicated I’d get the same reaction 🙂

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