Several of you asked about the ottoman and wondered if I would share how I reupholstered it. This was such a simple project that anyone could do it!
The fabric that I used had a fairly large pattern and I wanted it to be centered on the ottoman. For smaller patterns you don't need to worry about this part.
This may sound crazy, but when I upholster ottomans & stools, I like to turn them upside down and literally get on top of them. This flattens the padding down and allows me to get a nice, tight result. No one wants to flip the ottoman over to find that the fabric is droopy, right?
Once I had the fabric positioned (centered), I began stapling every 3" or so, pulling and spreading the fabric as I went. I always start in the center of the long sides and work my way toward each corner. Then I do the same thing on the short sides stopping within a few inches of the ends.
Once all four sides are stapled, I pull the fabric tightly and staple as close to the end as possible (on the long end).
Next, I take the fabric from the other side and pull it tightly making a nice, crisp fold. Then I staple everything into place.
After everything is stapled, I cut off the excess fabric and finish the job by re-attaching the black cloth to the bottom.