Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Coffee Table Turns Ottoman

While I'm waiting for a good deal on my sofa in order to put the finishing touches on our living room, I thought I'd tell you about how I turned this coffee table into an ottoman.
I was inspired by Jenny at Little Green Notebook who has two tutorials- Make an Ottoman from a Coffee Table, and a Part II, where she did a makeover on her original project.  (Even more amazing is the role that ottoman eventually played in the birth of her third child.) 

I thought the table had potential to go in a few different directions. It was a bit large for an end table or nightstand in our house, and a bit tall for a coffee table.  I decided to make it shorter by cutting off the legs just above the shelf.  Using spray adhesive, I adhered strips of 4" foam to the sides and a big square on top, making sure all of the edges and corners were padded and the foam was evenly distributed.  I covered the whole thing with some quilted batting, pulled tight, and stapled it to the underside.  This helped to make the corners more rounded.  Last, I wrapped it in a yard of 70% off fabric I got for $13 (lucky day!) and I stapled that, too, folding the edges under around the legs and making hospital-like corners on either side. 

I might play around with adding some nailheads or fabric trim to the edge.  And I have a couple of ideas of what I might do with that leftover shelf that was sawed off the bottom.
Stay tuned.


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