Living Room Decorating & DIY

Melissa’s DIY Diamond-Tufted Ottoman

Last Updated on December 26, 2015 by Kristi Linauer

I get such a thrill out of hearing from people who have used one of my DIY projects as inspiration for their own.  Without a question, the most popular DIY project on my entire website is the diamond tufted headboard.

Hardly a day goes by that I don’t get a comment on that post, a question about the instructions, an e-mail asking for advice, or a picture from someone who just completed their headboard and wanted to share it with me.  I love it!  I love it all, comments, questions, pictures, all of it, because it means that y’all aren’t just reading my blog and website, but y’all are actually putting the info to good use.  So keep ‘em coming!

So this weekend, I was excited to hear from Melissa, who used the diamond-tufted headboard instructions to create an amazing ottoman for her family room.

tufted ottoman


Isn’t that amazing?!  She said that her husband built the base with basic lumber from Lowe’s and unfinished legs that they bought online.

tufted ottoman 2


I really don’t think I ever would have guessed that it was a DIY project.  Great job, Melissa (and Melissa’s hubby)!!

Want to make your own headboard?  Click here to view the instructions.  And if you’re seriously considering making your own, be sure to read through the comments as well.  I’ve answered lots of questions there, and several readers who tried the project also left their own tidbits of advice.


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    September 6, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Wow!  That is so impressive, checking the directions next.  You must have had some awesome instruction. What a lovely end result, and how gratifying to know you passed this on to someone who was able to make their house more beautiful because of the information you shared.  Thanks!

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    September 6, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    It just goes to show that folks like what you are talking about and making DIY projects! (-:

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    [email protected]
    September 7, 2011 at 2:44 am

    Wow, that is a fantastic ottoman!  It really does look professional!  You are one good teacher.  

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    September 7, 2011 at 4:44 am

    Hi Kristi, I have nominated you for the "Versatile Blogger" Award – please pop over to my blog for the info! Love your blog!

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    business card design|Kaycee
    September 7, 2011 at 7:03 am

    I’m not into
    large pieces of leather furniture. I feel like it can look too masculine but I
    was stunned by this piece. It’s the most comfortable piece ever, and it’s so
    rich looking in person.

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    Vivienne @ The V Spot
    September 7, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    OMGosh! This is awesome!!!

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    September 7, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    I am so jealous. If Mrs Jason wanted one of these she'd have to get someone else to do it for her because I am so useless at DIY. But this is a great job by Melissa and Mr Melissa.

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    A Creative Spirit
    September 7, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    WOW that really looks great… You all did a great job…..Melissa and Mr. Melissa.

    Kristi, you have such great ideas with such great destructions, it is no surprise people use it as inspiration.

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    September 8, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Fantastic styles. I wish we had someone like you in Portugal.

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    September 8, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    I would love to know how to make the base for that ottoman. Can you post the link for melissa's ottoman? Thanks!

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    March 1, 2012 at 10:31 am

    R there instruction on how to make the table?

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    Joel Sidney Kelly
    May 27, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    This ottoman is one of the nicest “DIY” projects I’ve ever seen; simple design and conscientious execution, particularly with the upholstery. Looks far better than store bought. Thanks for sharing!