Monday, March 4, 2013

The $14.97 Monstrosity

In a previous blog post, I lamented my lack of thrift "finds" and poked fun at the fact that everyone else in blog-land seemed to be able to score amazing things at the local Good Army/Salvation Will places.

I think I finally found one of mine own.

I've long wanted a button-tufted ottoman for a coffee table.  I really wanted a round button-tufted ottoman for a coffee table.  But even the basic ones were out of my budget; the "plain" Hayes ottoman at Ballard's starts at $300



During my weekly visit to Good Will, I found this:


I don't think the manufacturer could have chosen a more repulsive fabric if they had been held at knifepoint and ordered to do so.  Cheap plaid taffeta...really?  But I stopped and looked.  I hiked up the skirt and it was immaculately clean underneath.  I did the sniff test, which must have looked hilarious to the other shoppers.  Passed.  I sat on it - extremely sturdy with no wobbles.  Some of the buttons are missing, but the tufting holes are in place and easily located.

Then I checked the price.  Oh.  $49.97 - not a bad deal, but more than I had to spend.  Maybe next time it will still be the...wait.  What?  Lemme check that tag again.  That's not a 4...that's a 1.  Yep - $14.97.  I snatched that yellow tag off so fast I almost got a paper cut.

I believe in my little romantic heart that I can make this look almost as good as the Ballard number. I have ordered a swatch of this fabric:


It's cotton upholstery fabric and it's only $8 a yard.  If it suits, I'm going to go for it, and I might use it to make drapery panels and pillows for my sofa.

I'll keep you posted on the transformation.



I am linking up at:


Mod Mix Monday @ Mod Vintage Life 
Make It Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm
Tweak It Tuesday @ Cozy Little House 
Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage




7 comments :

  1. It's going to look great. Can't wait to see what you do with it.

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  2. What a great deal! I had searched for one of these for ages too...I finally bought a new one at Pier 1 which I am recovering. But you were definitely lucky to find this one. It's perfect.

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  3. How exciting! Good luck, I'm sure it will be fabulous!

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  4. Oh my Lord, you scored right there! You have a good eye and great instincts. That fabric will look fabulous and you can always make a white cover to change up the look. Most excellent project.

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  5. What a deal! You'll make it beautiful with that gorgeous fabric.

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  6. Great find! It will be so awesome with that grey damask! Can't wait to see it! :)
    Kelly

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  7. Girl!! talk nice to her and she'll produce the look you want. lol

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