I've been dreaming of turning an old coffee table into an ottoman for a long time. I spent many a summer weekend scouring yard sales, just hoping to find the perfect table. Isn't it funny how you can come across a certain type of item over and over again...making you wonder what on earth you could re-purpose it into...then when inspiration hits you there's suddenly none to be found anywhere?
Yeah. Really funny. Finally I gave up looking. I'd grown weary of the chase.
That's when my Better Half came home with this beat up old beauty. Just when I'd resigned myself to living without a coffee table ottoman. He found this solid wood coffee table at a yard sale for $1.00 and brought it home to me. Perfect price. Perfect height and length. Looks like I have my next makeover mark!
I flipped it over and unscrewed the table top. It had to come off so I could paint this base. I also needed to add foam and staple the upholstery fabric directly to the under-side of the table top which would be much easier with it off.
Do you see the patina on those little copper feet? You can't fake that. So pretty. I taped those tapered copper feet off before painting the base. I wanted the patina to stay.
I did three coats to give the table good coverage. I distessed a bit once it dried.
Then we went shopping for some foam. Egads! Have you priced foam lately? It was $34.99 a YARD. You've got to be kidding me! This is supposed to be a thrifty makeover.
We ended up finding an Ikea crib mattress still in the store wrapping for $7.00! This left us needing only 7 inches of foam from Joann's to cover the tabletop.
I used a cloth shower curtain I had to upholster the mattress and foam to the tabletop. I needed to merge the foam and the crib mattress together and add a bit more padding to the top. I stretched this white fabric over the foam and stapled underneath the table top...pulling tight as I went. This did the trick. I love the look of the white but I know it wouldn't be this pristine for long around here. I only wish!
I sampled this grey chevron fabric also, but decided it was too light weight to stand up to all the heavy foot traffic.
Here is what it looks like now:
This graphic fabric is a Cynthia Rowley curtain panel I picked up at Goodwill for $6.00/pair.
I had pre-measured and drilled six holes into the tabletop before adding the foam and fabric. I used the fabric covered buttons to tuft the ottoman. Here's a good button tufting tutorial if you want to give it a try. I love the tufted look on ottomans and would have loved to do MANY more buttons...but we were going for thrifty here.
Ignore the ugly couch. ;)
Sadie was determined to be in every picture. I had to lure her out of the way with treats. Hey! Smarty pants dog! She thinks she's so smart.
We now have a soft place to put our feet up and relax! It's wide enough for everyone to share AND extra room for a tray.
Coffee Table $1.00
Ikea Mattress $7.00
Curtain Fabric $6.00
7 inches of foam $8.00
TOTAL COST $29.00
For less than $30.00 we have a large, custom, tufted ottoman.