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Shabby Fabric Ottoman

By: Cathie & Steve
Cathie & Steve
Cathie & Steve
Cathie Filian and Steve Piacenza are handcraft designers, Emmy Nominated television hosts, book authors, lifestyle experts and the inventors of Hot Glue Gun Helpers. Their shows can be seen in the United States, Australia, South Africa, The Philippines and on the Armed Forces Network.  They were nominated for two Daytime Emmys. Cathie and Steve has also appeared on numerous network shows and specials for NBC, ABC, Discovery Channel, HGTV, DIY and Food Network.  Programs such as Rachael Ray, IVillage Live, View From the Bay and the Florence Henderson Show have featured their creative ideas.
Softly, sweetly feminine, this designer ottoman started out as a beige cube!
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Skill Level: Intermediate


FolkArt ® Painting Tools - Spouncer ® Stenciling Sponges - Value Pack - Medium
Item #1528
An innovative stenciling sponge on a handle, Spouncer ® is great for pouncing, stippling or swirling. Perfect for fabric and any surface. Can be cleaned, re-used when wet.

Plaid ® Hot Glue Gun Helpers
Item #16288
Take the sting and mess out of working with hot glue guns. Our one-of-a-kind set of must-have tools will banish your hot glue woes! Set includes a mat, finger caps, tweezers, a paddle and a press wand. Created by Cathie Filian and Steve Piacenza.

FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Seashell Pink, 2 oz.
Item #2485
Premium, all-purpose acrylic paint for decorative crafts and home décor. Superior coverage. Exceptional brushability. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are certified AP non-toxic, water-based, and acid neutral.

Plaid ® Craft Stencils - Value Packs - Home Décor
Item #30501
Stencil value packs and single stencils offer a variety of thematic designs at a great price. Delicate, detailed designs are ideal for paper projects, memory ideas, small accessories and personalizing.

FolkArt ® Fabric™ Paint - Brush On - Fawn
Item #4410
Finally, a fabric paint that isn't stiff! FolkArt Fabric paint is specially formulated to absorb into fabric -- so it feels softer and flexes with the fabric without flaking off. Perhaps best of all, the colors are highly pigmented which means they look great on dark fabrics. FolkArt Fabric paint is permanent on textiles, once dry, painted fabrics can be machine washed in cold water.

FolkArt ® Metallics - Sahara Gold, 2 oz.
Item #577
Premium, all-purpose shimmering metallic acrylic paint for decorative crafts and home décor. Superior coverage. Exceptional brushability. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are certified AP non-toxic, water-based, and acid neutral.

Mod Podge ® Fabric, 8 oz.
Item #CS11218
Decoupage on fabric … why not? Simply use Fabric Mod Podge to apply paper prints or fabric swatches to wearables, totes, banners and more! An exciting new way to embellish your clothes and your home. As a sealer, machine washable in cold water, gentle cycle after 72 hours. Mod Podge ® is an all in one decoupage glue, sealer and finish.

Other Supplies
Light Colored Canvas Ottoman from Ikea
Narrow Masking Tape
Decorative Floral Fabric
Hot Glue Gun and Sticks
Scrap Fabrics
Large Gems


1.      Working on one section of the ottoman at a time, tape off stripes by applying evenly spaced stripes to the section.  Using a Spouncer brush, randomly dry brush the Seashell Pink paint onto the ottoman.  Paint some areas darker than others to achieve a distressed look.  Allow the paint to dry, remove the tape to reveal the stripes.  Repeat for all sides. 

2.      Working on the front (or all sides), position the French inspired stencil in the lower corner of the ottoman.  Working up and down, Spouncer paint the stencil with Fawn paint.  Remove the stencil to reveal the design.  Dip the end of a toothpick or the end of a paintbrush into the Metallic Sahara Gold.  Paint highlights over the stenciled design.  Allow to dry. 

3.      Cut random floral motifs from the fabric.  Coat the back of the cut motifs with Fabric Mod Podge.  Place the cut and Podged fabric pieces onto the ottoman in random patterns.  Smooth the fabric with your fingers.  Allow to dry.

4.      Using fabric scraps and hot glue, create shabby fabric flowers.  Hot glue the shabby flowers to the corner of the ottoman.  Glue gems around the flowers and in the centers of the flowers.


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