DIY Glider and Ottoman Redo

My sister, which is The Best sister on the face of the planet, and my sweet-as-can-be nephews came down to FL to spend a week with me before Our Baby was due. My sister and I had wanted to spend a week together since the time I got married and moved from AL to FL. It had been almost 4 years and we were in desperate need of sister-time. 

One of the things we wanted to do while she was here was to work on the nursery. I was around 6 months preggo, at the time, and I needed her motivation and her skills because when you're that far along in pregnancy… well, you just don't feel like doing a whole lot or thinking about anything more than getting home from work and propping your feet up for a while. :-)

So, as I share this DIY glider redo, I have to acknowledge my Sister and the wonderful job SHE did on refinishing and recovering the Glider for Our Baby's nursery. As you are probably noticing by now, I had so many DIY projects that I wanted to complete for the nursery. My sister helped me make those dreams a reality!

Also, If you haven't seen the Burlap Airplane Banner that we made for the nursery, 
you can see that post Here

So, on to the glider…  

                       Before                                                                            After

The first thing my sister did was measure, cut out, and sew covers, out of batting, for the two main cushions. If I recall correctly, we did not use the pattern she had because it wasn't exactly like the glider I had. So, she just measured, and made a duplicate of what the cushions looked like. Have I mentioned yet that she is ahhhhh-mazzz-ing!!


Once, she made the covers out of batting, she did the same thing with the minky-dot fabric and made covers with that material as well. We ironed the batting right onto the sage green fabric and made sure to activate the adhesive so that it was holding to the original fabric. Basically, the batting irons onto the cushions so that it has a firm hold and won't bunch up… Then we put on the minky-dot covers and sewed the opened ends.

I might add how simple it was to get the same look as the original back cushion.. See the three lines on the before picture? It kind of gives the cushion a little more style or character. Well my sister just sewed three straight lines down the minky-dot fabric to see if it gave the same effect and tah-dah!!  It looked perfecto! Can't beat easy!

Moving onto the base of the glider: she sprayed the glider and foot stool with Rust-Oleum Universal Satin Paint & Primer In One, pictured below. Let me just give a shout out that this paint is awesome! It goes on super easy and looks great. This is not the only project we used it on. But, I'll save that for another post. :-)


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Now, onto the Ottoman which is what I had enough courage to take on…
                              Before                                                                              After


I popped the staples off which was holding a clear protective vinyl covering. This is a great idea for an ottoman but it just wouldn't have looked right on top of minky-dot material.


After the clear vinyl was off, I ironed the batting on; right on top of the sage green fabric!
If you look closely, you can see below that I used a piece of linen material between the batting and the iron. This helped the iron not stick to the batting. Spray the linen with water and then iron right over it. The moisture comes through the batting which activates the adhesive to stick to the material underneath.


After the batting is iron on, I placed the minky-dot fabric on top of the batting, flipped the ottoman upside down, well, first making sure everything was straight and lined up accurately, 
and then started stapling the new fabric into place.

Here are the final pictures! I love how both the glider and the ottoman turned out! I have been so very happy with them and they look perfect in the nursery!








Here is a sneak peak of the glider in the nursery… this will be shown in the Nursery Reveal which is coming soon!! Keep checking back or enter your email address in the "Subscribe by Email" box that you can find on the right side of this blog. This will send you an email every time I have a new post!



Thanks for reading and don't forget to let me know what you think of it. Also, have you ever done a project like this? If so, do you have any tips or advice that you want to give to other DIY'ers!


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