Deconstructed Ottoman with Feed Sack Upholstery

You know the saying, “birds of a feather flock together”, right? Well, one of the reasons I have fun with what I do is because I have a fantastic group of people who also have that same passion for DIY. Today is Furniture Fixer Uppers time where my blogger friends and I each take on a project with the intent of inspiring you. My project piece is this tired old gal who’s going to help me add a deconstructed ottoman to my home – something I’ve always wanted.

Vintage Ottoman Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

When I spied this at the thrift store, in an instant I knew I wanted it for my home. If you look close, the velvet upholstery was well worn through the the threads on the top. However, I couldn’t deny the beauty of those carved wooden feet. Aren’t they wonderful?

Vintage Ottoman Carved Wooden Feet |

Just so you know, I’ve had this thing hanging around my house for over a year waiting for its new home. sigh… It’s new place in the home isn’t ready yet, but one day it will be and will shine. Here’s to remodeling DIY style!

You may be wondering what I mean by deconstructed ottoman, and honestly it’s much like it sounds. A few years ago I feel in love with the look and even redid my channel back chair in the same fashion. You can see it here in this post. (check it out, it’s a good read!) The style is one of a simple, rustic look with muted colors and a very casual feel.

To get this party started, I flipped the ottoman upside down and began to remove the underside lining. Bottom of Vintage Upholstered Ottoman |

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 I kid you not that the right tools make all the difference in the world (hence, my motto: #toolsoverjewels) This staple puller only costs a couple of dollars and saves me sooo much work.

Arrow Staple Puller to Remove Upholstery Staples |

When I start to use it on projects, my littlest always runs up and asks to help. Who can deny a cute helper? She has a blast yanking out the staples for me.

Toddler Helping Mama with Upholstery |

Once we got the bottom lining off, we pulled off the damaged velvet and here is what we saw. A whole lotta batting and it looks in good shape.

Vintage Ottoman without Upholstery |

The batting had compressed over time, but not too badly. I had actually bought upholstery foam to replace it, but instead I chose to add a few layers of new batting to boost it up. Before I did that though, I cut off the excess batting and moved those fabric strips up the sides a bit to reveal that gorgeous oak base.

As for adding the extra batting, that chore was easily accomplished by using my stapler to tack it on. If you’ve ever wanted to tackle upholstery, it truly is a simple process and I share how easy it can be in my footstool tutorial HERE.Ryobi Stapler for Use in Upholstery |

For the next step in my deconstructed ottoman makeover, I had to choose an upholstery. There was no question in my mind that I was going to raid my feed sack stash that I’ve been hoarding for such an occasion. This particular feed sack had just enough whimsy to suit my taste.

Vintage Farmhouse Feed Sack for Deconstructed Ottoman by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

I simply took my seam ripper and took apart the feed sack at one of the seams. It was the perfect size for my project, so no cutting needed. Woot! I then tacked the sack on with my upholstery hammer reusing the tacks and nails I saved from pulling off the original upholstery.

Let me introduce you to my sweet deconstructed ottoman. I love it!

Rustic Farmhouse Feed Sack Ottoman in Deconstructed Style by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Rustic Farmhouse Deconstructed Ottoman with Feed Sack Upholstery by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

While this isn’t the room where I intend it to stay, it sure looks sweet with my family room decor, my channel back chair, and blanket chest I redid ages ago, don’t you think?

I just love the stenciled text as well as the hand-written markings. Makes it whimsical and has a story all its own. Not to mention that the gorgeous oak was begging to be showcased with those feet peeking out.

DIY Feed Sack Ottoman by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Rustic Farmhouse Style Living Room with Deconstructed Chair and Ottoman by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

That feed sack sure does beat the old velour that was on there. Plus, if I ever want that feed sack back, all I have to do is pop it off. Fun!

Feed Sack Farmhouse Style Deconstructed Ottoman and Chair by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

So there you have it, or rather I should say, there I have it. I finally have the deconstructed ottoman I’ve always wanted and my home is taking shape more and more each day.

DIY Deconstructed Ottoman and Chair for Rustic Farmhouse Style by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

I hope you’ve enjoyed this makeover and are inspired to give DIY a try. It truly is rewarding to create your own home story. Do pin and share this project to inspire others too!

I love it! This vintage piece was thread-worn and dated. That is until Larissa of Prodigal Pieces turned it into a farmhouse style deconstructed ottoman complete with feed sack upholstery. Head to for the DIY details. #prodigalpieces #furntiure #homedecor #farmhouse #diy

Up next, I have a double the fun makeover with these two thrifted finds. Stay tuned!

Medicine Cabinet Set Before Makeovers by Prodigal Pieces |

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Now time for more inspiration. Check out what these ladies have created for you too! (numbered links below)

Furniture Fixer Uppers may 2018 |


  1. Confessions of a Serial DIYer
  2. Interior Frugalista
  3. Just the Woods
  4. Petticoat Junktion
  5. Girl in the Garage

More projects like my deconstructed ottoman:

Vintage Chair Gets Feed Sack Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.comHandmade Feedsack, Linen, and Leather Purse by Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces

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  • Christy

    What cool bones this ottoman had…I can see why you wanted to save it for your own home. Awesome transformation!! XO

    May 24, 2018 at 8:15 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Time for me to keep something for once, right? haha. Thanks, girl!

      May 24, 2018 at 5:01 pm Reply
  • Laura Overholt

    I love how you exposed the oak! It looks great!

    May 24, 2018 at 8:31 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Isn’t it beautiful! I love that grain and the aged look it has.

      May 24, 2018 at 5:02 pm Reply
  • Paula

    Fun! Love the wheels too. Glad that you found that hidden beauty! Looks great in your home.

    May 24, 2018 at 9:31 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Paula. I’m glad to check another item off my list. Yay!

      May 24, 2018 at 5:02 pm Reply
  • Jackie C

    Cool piece.
    My eye was caught by the curtains and peg hanger! ❤️
    Do you have a tutorial for those?

    May 24, 2018 at 10:55 am Reply
  • Kaycee

    Larissa, What a beautiful deconstructed ottoman! I love how you exposed more wood, and yes, I also love the legs and feet!!! Love, love, love it!! I am so happy to read that you are able to keep this “little lovely” for yourself!

    May 24, 2018 at 11:15 am Reply
    • Larissa

      They had me all swoony, I tell ya. Woot!

      May 24, 2018 at 5:05 pm Reply
  • Marie

    Your little helper is so adorable, Larissa! Wow, so much better without all that velvet covering the details on the base 🙂 Looks great!

    May 24, 2018 at 11:17 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It was just not my thing with the wear and kinda had an odor…bluck. So…of we go and now have new! My cat claimed it as soon as I sat it upright. geesh.

      May 24, 2018 at 5:06 pm Reply
  • kandice kullmann

    wow, i would’ve skipped right past that ottoman! Love the save and your helper is adorable!

    May 24, 2018 at 12:08 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks from the two of us, Kandice! 😀

      May 24, 2018 at 5:06 pm Reply
  • Jen @ Girl in the Garage

    What a beautiful piece – it looks a million times better Larissa! xo

    May 24, 2018 at 12:12 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Had to give it my touch. 😉 Thanks, Jen!

      May 24, 2018 at 5:06 pm Reply
  • Tammie Price

    I love this project! Your ottoman turned out great! You are inspiring me to take o a chair re-upholstering project. I have had this little antique chair literally forever. I just may give it a try after the holiday weekend.

    May 24, 2018 at 4:47 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You can do it, Tammie! It’s the only way to learn. 🙂

      May 24, 2018 at 5:10 pm Reply
  • Mary

    Larissa I think this is a lovely addition to your room and looks great with all the other farmhouse look pieces. Your little one has sure grown!

    June 3, 2018 at 12:37 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much, sweet Mary. We are all loving it, including my cat. She claimed it within 5 minutes of me being done. ahahahaha! 😀

      June 3, 2018 at 6:11 am Reply

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