As promised, below are the steps on how I turned a coffee table into an ottoman. This was my very first furniture project. Going in I didn’t have a vision on what I wanted my first furniture upholstery project to be except, small and reasonably priced. The idea to flip a coffee table came to mind after a few moments on Pinterest. As usual, I didn’t heavily search for the piece, instead, I took my time and let the right piece find me.
Looking on craigslist randomly, I ran across a post for a “coffee table for sale $5”. I clicked the post quickly, in hopes it would truly be the one, and I can say today, it was. There was a number to text the owner if you found interest in the piece and I did just that.
Side Note: I was sort of skeptical about picking up the piece, it felt to good to be true. Just what I was looking for at a price I couldn’t turn down! It definitely wasn’t Christmas or a make-up sale! Along side that, I have this phobia of too dirty pieces, I just refuse to clean certain used furniture, or anything for that matter. Last but not least, I wasn’t sure I wanted to meet the owner as it was a male and in an area of town I wasn’t familiar with. I guess you can say I gave myself every opportunity to worry.
However, I told myself I would go ahead and go over and look at the piece. It turned out that our schedules never matched and instead, I was to meet with his wife and pick up the table. Upon driving, I soon too learned that I was in a very nice area that I didn’t even know existed that I generally passed everyday except going the opposite way of their street. What was even more of a surprise was the great conversation me and his wife had, we had a lot of things in common, I shared a lot of qualities as her granddaughter as well. Needless to say, we became friends. It turned out to be a great situation, very nice people. As for her husband, the original seller, he does upholstery as a business since he is retired.This was a table he just didn’t have time to finish and that’s why it was priced so cheaply.
All of that worrying and skepticalism for nothing lol Now that I have over filled you with my back story on how I found this table, I have listed the steps below.
*Wooden coffee table
*Paint & brushes
Step 1: Sand & Clean.
As mentioned earlier, the original owner didn’t have enough time to complete his flip but he did begin sanding the top of the table, as far as sanding, all I had to do was smooth out the top and sand the legs as shown . I used a vinegar, baking soda water mix to clean and wipe down the table.
Step 2a: Paint
If you recall from the D.I.Y:Moldy Mint Night Stand Make-over post , I picked up 1 gallon of paint from my local Menard’ for only $5! If you want to know how, heard over to that post!
I applied 2 coats of the paint. It is up to you on how neat you want the edges to be, as you can see I didn’ tape this part off being it is going to be covered with the fabric & no one will see it.
Step 2b: Paint The Drawer.
As for the white paint, this is just a sample paint from Lowes, I believe I paid no more than $2. I painted the drawer all the way around, here I was careful not to get paint inside as it will be seen if ever opened.
Step 3: Add the *Foam & *Batting.
Odly and honestly, I cannot recall where I purchased the foam. I believe it was Walmart, it is a twin mattess topper/pad. All you do is cut it to the size of the table with enough room around the side to cover the edges (making them smooth once the fabric goes over).The batting I purchased from Hobby Lobby, it was actually for quilting in the clearance section, it worked perfect!
Next, turn it upside down and using your staple gun, staple it to the table. Be sure to cover the area you painted.
Side Note: You can choose to detach the top of the table and simple add the foam & battting for a smoother fold. I’l admit, I was too lazy to do you that but it didn’ change the overall look of the piece.
Step 4: Add Fabric.
This is actually a curtain, a really good curtain I found on sale at Khols for just $10. It was supposed to go in my bedroom but the pattern of the flowers weren’t necessary coordinating with my other curtains. They were also not long enough, width wise, to hang over the window alone. This seemed to be the best place to use the fabric, plus it was of great quality.
You do the exact steps for fitting & staple as you did the foam & batting above. You can choose to iron the lines out but it is not necessary. As long as you pull the fabric tight it will smooth out any lines or wrinkles as shown in the final photo.
Step 5: Add The Knob.
I picked up this knob from Hobby Lobby for $1.40. Its easy, you just screw it on.
This project took me about a little over month to complete, as it was winter I had to take my time at sanding the legs. This was something I outside in the cold. I also shopped around for some time for the right color paint.
I didnt seal this piece as the pain is a paint+primer mix, instead I let it cure. Allowing the paint to cure is when you allow the paint to seal on its own over time. If you tske this route ut will need to sit untouched for atleast 30 days. I knew no one would ever be sitting on it and decided to use this method.
In the end I am more than pleased and even more happy with how this piece and the night stands look together. I call it my most precious piece being it was my first & it was a success!My baby, hopefully my future kids make me this proud lol.