How I updated and re-purposed my nursery glider ottoman| DIY

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Hello, my faithful readers! I’m back with another DIY project, but first I have to tell you a little bit of history.

I am a momma of three boys and as a new mom (many years ago), I had to have the Storkcraft Bowback Glider and Ottoman in our nursery.

We used the glider chair to rock all our boys to sleep at night until they were about 6 months old. It held up really well and served it’s purpose.

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We eventually got rid of the glider chair three years ago, but we held on to the ottoman.  We use it as a hallway bench to sit on when dressing the kiddos up.


We’ve owned it for 8 years (my oldest son turned 8 yesterday :), and it was starting to fall apart and the upholster fabric is stained.

So yep, I decided to re-upholster it and bring it new life!

I used about a yard of some lightweight home decor fabric that I had left over from another project.

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Home Essentials Lightweight Decor Fabric 45″ Levron Melon

Home Essentials Lightweight Decor Fabric 45″ Clezar Panorama Indigo

Home Essentials Lightweight Decor fabric 45″ Bivel Jewel

For this project, I used


First, I removed the seating pad from the gliding ottoman bottom.


Next, I removed the original staples using a flat screwdriver.



I included a piece of heavy duty batting under the foam to provide more cushion.


Halfway done through stapling. FYI – I trimmed the excess fabric as I stapled around the wood, making sure I left access for the screw holes needed to attach the cushion back to the gliding ottoman stand.



Here is the new and improved ottoman! Note: be mindful of your fabric’s print/pattern. Make sure your print is centered to give your piece a more professional look.

I also use the ottoman in the laundry room.

I truly enjoyed working on this project and I hope you enjoyed reading about it.

Don’t forget to share and leave me a comment.

– Abs

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