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Hi, I'm Abbie from Five days...5 ways!

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?

I did!

Here's how:
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Step 1: Gather your supplies

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I combined coupons with sales to get my foam and fabric as cheaply as possible. And I scored a 100% wood (pine) table on Craigslist for $40. (Also, I ended up using a deep espresso paint instead of stain for the legs).

The entire cost breakdown for this project was:

::Coffee table:: $40

::Foam:: $24

::Quilt batting:: $8

::Buttons:: $6

::Paint:: $3

::Upholstery thread + Needles:: $8

::Nail-head trim:: $12

::Fabric:: $15

TOTAL: $116

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

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I started with this $40 Craigslist 100% pine coffee table (talked him down from $75--woot!) and had the hubster shorten the legs by about 3 inches each  (so I wouldn't have a pub table ottoman) and drill a 12-hole diamond grid for the tufting.

Step 3: Foam

I bought my foam in two 39”X78” rolls from Hobby Lobby and used a 40% coupon for each, which brought the total to: $24. I cut it into 39"X39" squares and stacked all four of them on top of the 38"X38" table (you could get away with less foam if you don't want to fight the stiffness.

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.

angelabchua3 years ago
LOVE LOVE LOVE this! I must ask. where did you find that rug! I love it! Just the right amount of pop in color!
MicioGatta3 years ago
Beautiful and right in time. I was painting the legs for something like this about one hour ago. :) Thanks for the ideas.
blkhawk3 years ago
Great looking piece of furniture!