They are one of the most common types of ottoman that come through my door and I would normally have only thought to slipcover the whole thing. Of course, if it needs to be washable this is the best option, but what if you want to use a pretty fabric and don't care about washing?
This Re-Store beauty was the perfect guinea pig:
What do you think of it now?
Turns out that this is 99% sewing. The only upholstery is removing the old fabric and stapling the new fabric to the bottom. The pillow top is basically a sofa cushion with a zippered opening which is attached to the base fabric with mitered corners. I didn't say it was beginner sewing, but it wasn't nearly as hard as I thought it would be. Matching up the pattern was the most challenging part. I also bought new feet and stained them.
This is going to be for sale at Salvaged in Lewes DE.