Renting Redo's

About a month ago, Brooklyn boy and I were driving home from church and noticed a FOR RENT sign in front of a big beautiful OLD house in downtown Franklin. Remember, we live in Nashville, ahem . . . Franklin, now. We stopped and grabbed a flyer, because hey, we love looking at houses and are secretly always scrolling craigslist for other rentals. The flyer listed out a few goofy details that intrigued us enough to call the owner. 15 minutes later we were touring the house and going crazy over it! It's big and really old - built in 1840! But has fantastic character, wood burning fire places and so much history. Lord willing, we were able to slip out of our old lease and into the new one fairly painlessly. 

This house has been a gift. We are so tickled to live here for the time being. We'd love to buy one day soon, but for now we are enjoying the simple (and sometimes odd) world of renting! 

Now, having lived in New York for 7 years, I know the challenges that renting can bring when it comes to making your apartment or house into a home. Over the years, I've picked up a few tricks to making our apartments feel owned, loved and lived in. Let's call them Renting Redo's. It's either that or Naptime Revamps. I.E. my baby is napping, so I have 10 minutes to do something creative.

All this to say - we are finally settled into the new house and I've been hit with a new wave of inspiration. I've got a handful of pieces we've been moving around the past few years that are in major need of a facelift. I've also got some major house quirks to contend with. So lets jump in with the first quick and easy Renting Redo DIY.  An ottoman overhaul. 

 I don't know where we got this ottoman. But it's been in the last 3 places we lived. It's brown and old and I'm tired of it looking so sad! So, I took inventory on what I had - 

 I don't know where we got this ottoman. But it's been in the last 3 places we lived. It's brown and old and I'm tired of it looking so sad! So, I took inventory on what I had - 

 Blue and white Waverly fabric left over from our DIY headboard & bright turquoise paint.

 Blue and white Waverly fabric left over from our DIY headboard & bright turquoise paint.

Blue and white Waverly fabric left over from our DIY headboard & bright turquoise paint.

I sprayed the legs twice and didn't take time to protect the fabric since I knew I would be covering it.  

I sprayed the legs twice and didn't take time to protect the fabric since I knew I would be covering it.  

Then I positioned the fabric on the ottoman. 

Then I positioned the fabric on the ottoman. 

I made sure the pattern was centered correctly. While keeping the pattern in place, I flipped the ottoman over to make stapling the fabric easier. 

I made sure the pattern was centered correctly. While keeping the pattern in place, I flipped the ottoman over to make stapling the fabric easier. 

Using my staple gun, I made my way around the underside of the ottoman - stapling back and forth and side to side, making sure the fabric stayed in place. I also had to snip a little bit around the legs so I could cleanly fold the fabric (like you'd fold a sheet on the end of a bed) and staple it securely underneath.  

Using my staple gun, I made my way around the underside of the ottoman - stapling back and forth and side to side, making sure the fabric stayed in place. I also had to snip a little bit around the legs so I could cleanly fold the fabric (like you'd fold a sheet on the end of a bed) and staple it securely underneath.  

I flipped it right side up for the big reveal! I love the classic fabric accompanied with the shock of blue.  It certainly freshens up the piece!  

I flipped it right side up for the big reveal! I love the classic fabric accompanied with the shock of blue.  It certainly freshens up the piece!  

Right now the ottoman is living underneath the desk in our bedroom, which Id show you if our room wasn't covered in piles! Next Renting Redo will address our front porch! Hope you'll join us for the next round!