Wednesday, May 4, 2011

{DIY} Coffee Table/Ottoman

So as promised, here are the instructions for turning an ordinary coffee table into a fun pillow topped ottoman!

 A few months ago i explained what i had in mind. You can read that here, and almost 3 months later here is the finished product with instructions on doing it yourself!

 It honestly is a really easy process, it's just a matter of having all the materials that you need and the time to do it. :)

What you need:
  • Material of your choice big enough to cover the table once it is padded. For a 36" x 36" table u needed a yard and a half.
  • Square wooden coffee table
  • Upholstery thread
  • buttons of your choice {ones for the top and random big ones for the bottom to anchor}
  • paint or stain for the legs
  • staple gun
  • 2" or 3 " foam from JoAnns

Ok, so first things first, you want to paint the legs of your coffee table whatever color you want them to be. I had some of this brown paint lying around from painting Avery's nursery last summer so i used that.

Then, you want to measure off how many tufts you want on the top of your ottoman.
***{You dont have to do this step, but it adds an extra fun element to the top of the ottoman and makes it look more pillowish}*** So mark off the tuft spots with a big 'X'. Then drill through each "X' on the top of the coffee table. Make sure you go all the way through to the back side of the coffee table so that you have a hole in the back to push your thread through.

After the holes are drilled, you want to use spray adhesive to get your 3" foam (from Joann's)  to stick to your table. It's important to have the foam on the sides of the table so that when you pull the fabric over the side to staple down you dont have a hard edge pushing through the fabric. Makes it more baby friendly so that if the little ones decide to walk around this they wont have a hard edge to bang their head on.

Using the 16 drilled holes as my guide, I adhered the tufting buttons (from JoAnns) with upholstery thread and a very long needle. Upholerstery thread is very important because its rediculously tough and doesnt break when pulled on.

I used regular plastic buttons to anchor the tufts on the underside of the table

 Voila! There ya go. See, isnt is easy? Way easier than you would think it would be, and like i said once you have all your materials it doesnt take very long at all!

I know this little gal enjoys it :)

Go check out the DIY day on The Lettered Cottage! Her blog is so creative and fun!

The Lettered Cottage


Katie said...

It looks SO good! LOVE the fabric!

Meggie said...

I have always wanted to try this, but it looked so intimidating! This tute was so well done that I might actually head over to JoAnn's today to grab what I need! Thanks for sharing! ...And your little one is so very precious! What eyes!

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