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Knock Off Pouf

turquoise chairs
When we got our turquoise chairs, we needed some sort of footstool or ottoman.  So I went “exploring” to find something to put our feet on.  After checking the outbuildings and finding a couple of old stools that might work, I remembered a “vintage” ottoman that was in the basement.vintage ottoman
It had been there for an eternity and had definitely seen better days.  But just LOOK at the stitching on top of it?  Doesn’t it say POUF to you?

Moroccan poufs have been all over in home d├ęcor but you can’t deny that they’re kind of pricey. (Check out this post, by the Nester, to see what I’m talking about.)So I had Bart haul my soon-to-be-pouf-ottoman outside, and then Adam and I scrubbed it thoroughly and let it sit in the sun for a couple of days.  It didn’t smell musty or anything, so I figured it was safe!

The hardest part of this project was choosing from the cans of brown spray paint I had in the basement. :)
brown spray paint
Then, a QUICK coat of dark brown spray paint, and we have a knock off leather pouf…vintage ottoman makeoverturquoise living roomturquoise vintage living roomturquoise wingback

Serena and Lily Version: $450 (Tan Moroccan Leather Pouf)
serena and lily pouf
Crate and Barrel version: $69.95 (Clint Faux leather 20” pouf)
crate and barrel pouf
Horchow “Petal” Leather Pouf: On SALE for $525
horchow pouf
Land of Nod Aqua Pouf: $79
land of nod pouf
Restoration Hardware Writer’s Ottoman: SPECIAL $765 (was $900)
restoration hardware ottoman

Squaw Creek Version – $5? can of spraypaint I had on hand!

knock-off pouf
What do you think?

Shared at: July Before and After Party at Thrifty Decor Chick

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  1. i love that this one is vintage- so cool!

  2. Looks great, and you can't beat the price!

  3. Impressive! I love shopping in the attic and basement!

  4. It's look great! What kind of fabric is the ottoman? Does the spray paint make it stiff or sticky or does it peel off?

  5. Ah.Maze.ing.

    You are my DIY hero!!!

  6. Katie, you're famous!! I just saw this pop up from Knock-Off Decor :) http://knockoffdecor.com/faux-leather-pouf

  7. great find - good look - will need to check out the yardsales a little better... now I want one!

  8. Wow - that ottoman is a blast from the past. I swear it's identical to one a roommate of mine had back in the 1970's when we had a two bedroom apartment in a "fashionable" neighborhood in Milwaukee, WI. LOL! Amazing what spray paint can do.

  9. I didn't know you could paint those!!!! Off to the thrift store! Thanks for the inspiration!!

    Carol Haney

  10. Ok, so glad to know that I'm not the only one who has every spray painted upholstered furniture. I found an awesome mid century chair that was upholstered in gold vinyl. I found spray paint for leather and vinyl that is meant for car and boat seats. For a 40 year old chair, it looks pretty darn good. Whew, I'm not the only crazy one out there :).