• Ottoman Revamp {Gypsy Magpie}

    Reciprocating Saws are your Friend

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    A while back I traded some painting work for some furniture. One of the items in the trade was this massive ottoman. It was in good shape and had cool legs, but it was WAY too tall for our couch. Add to that the fact that it had this odd shelf business underneath… where my girls liked to hide toys when they were asked to put them away. Please tell me my kids aren’t the only ones who try to pull crap like that!

    Yep, that’s a naked Ken doll.

    Just keeping it real, y’all.

     DIY Ottoman Revamp {Gypsy Magpie}

    The shelf was a magnet for clutter and it drove me up the wall that they kept sticking junk down there. I tried putting magazines on it, but Baby Girl made short work of that idea!

    There had to be some way to make this beast a little more functional.

    DIY Ottoman Revamp {Gypsy Magpie}

    So, like any smart woman, I waited for my husband to head out on the road and then busted out the reciprocating saw!

    DIY Ottoman Revamp {Gypsy Magpie}

    I snapped this picture…just to make him nervous. Got to keep the men folk on their toes! {Oh, don’t go feeling bad for him, he left me alone with 4 crazy hoodlums. For days and DAYS. Turnabout is fair play. And, don’t make fun of me for the way I talk. I’m an 80 year old farmer trapped in a 30 something’s body. It’s sad. Issues.}

    I started by turning it on it’s side and unscrewing the pieces that attached crosswise to the legs.

    DIY Ottoman Revamp {Gypsy Magpie}

    Once those pieces were off, I could see that there was an easy place to plan my cut.

    DIY Ottoman Revamp {Gypsy Magpie}

    See that small ring 3/4 of the way down the leg?

    Yep, perfect foot.

    DIY Ottoman Revamp {Gypsy Magpie}

    Next, I grabbed my saw and cut right under that ring. Made a big sawdust mess, but worked slick!

    After a little sanding, I had a whole new ottoman!

    DIY Ottoman Revamp {Gypsy Magpie}

    Now it’s the right height for the couch and I think the curviness of the legs stand out a whole lot more! But, don’t think this guy is done yet. Oh, no! That sea of brown leather is just not working in that cave like room. It needs to lighten up. There WILL be reupholstering happening in the near future…

    Just have to wait for the next trucking trip.

    Maybe someday my man will catch on and stop leaving me alone with tools?


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  • Krista Neil
    29 November 2012

    Wow Mis, that looks soooo much better, great job :)

  • Glennda
    11 December 2012

    Reciprocating saws are very useful and handy if one only knows how to use it. I was checking the best power reciprocating saws online.

  • Ciara
    1 December 2017

    It’s good to see a website directed at women and DIY admittedly I’m not the most handy with the saw and was more likely to be keen on putting flat pack furniture together though I’ll never say never as there’s loads to be done around my house hence my visit to your site. I’ll have a look around the rest of the pages now.
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  • Bracel Aurther
    11 June 2018

    Everything is fair when you are choosing a better power tools. Reciprocating is perfect power tools. I love this power tools.
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