Want to take a junky old coffee table and transform it into a gorgeous tufted ottoman that's way easier on the eyes and your kiddo's soft skin?
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
The entire cost breakdown for this project was:
::Coffee table:: $40
::Quilt batting:: $8
::Upholstery thread + Needles:: $8
::Nail-head trim:: $12
The closest comparable ottoman I could find was from Ballard Designs for $500 (AND it was 10 sq./in. smaller).
Step 2: Modify Your Coffee Table
Step 3: Foam
Once my foam was prepared, I laid a layer of 1" quilt batting over the top for even more padding.
I don't have any pics of this part, but if you want a great tute on how to prepare your foam for the tufting process, be sure to check this one out.
Step 4: Paint Your Legs
Worked like a charm! I didn't even seal it, and it's held up perfectly!
Step 5: Wrap Your Fabric
Step 6: Threading the Buttons/Making the Tufts
Then, I pushed the needle down through the layers of batting/foam until I found the holes my husband had drilled.
I pulled the thread taut, which in turn pulled the buttons down into the foam and then secured the end of the thread to the underside of the table with a couple of staples each.
Your fabric will "poof" up some around the edges, but when you staple them all down, you'll begin to see the diamond pattern emerge!
Step 7: Securing the Fabric
Step 8: Making "the Band"
One thing that makes my tufted ottoman unique is the tailored "band" of fabric that runs the length of the ottoman underneath the "muffin top."
To achieve this, I cut 4 equal lengths of fabric, approximately 6" wide (the width would depend on your coffee table), and stapled them up underneath the "muffin top" where the staples couldn't be seen, underneath the coffee table, also out of sight, and at the four corners of the table.
Step 9: Adding Nailhead Trim
Making the hole first is time-consuming but essential to ensuring that the nail trim goes in straight and doesn't bend--especially if you're working with real (in my case, weathered) wood!
Step 10: Lean Back and Enjoy the Fruits of Your Labor!
(My feet are propped up on Emmeline, the tufted ottoman, as I type this!)
If you want to see a more detailed list of instructions, you can view the original post here.