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Coffee Table to Upholstered Ottoman

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This project has been torturing me for a while now.  I just wasn’t sure I could pull it off.  But when I finally hunkered down today and finished the skirt, I was really surprised by the results!  Here’s how this baby started out.

This coffee table has been haunting me for nearly ten years and two houses.  My husband bought it before we were married.  It is a quality, heavy piece of furniture but it never seemed to work with my vision for the family room.   You know me, though, I never wanted to shell out the big bucks for something new so I lived with it.  Then it struck me that upholstering it in drop cloths might be just the makeover the coffee table needed!

I started by removing the feet and giving them a quick shot of black spray paint.  (Like my ingenious styrofoam paint pedestal?  I have used it over and over to paint and I love it.  Don’t throw out your large pieces of styrofoam!)

Next I covered the whole table top and sides with two to three layers of egg crate mattress pads using spray adhesive.  I researched the price for upholstery foam but just could not justify $30/yard!  Two full size egg crates cost me only $30 dollars total at Target and was enough to get the job done.

When I got to the upholstering part that’s when things started to get hairy!  I’m sure I didn’t go about it in the proper fashion and the ottoman may have ended up a little lumpy in places.  But much to my surprise adding the skirt and ribbon along with a ton of staples and hot glue really saved the project!

And see that tray on top?  I fashioned it out of the old coffee table drawers.  Then I painted the interior the same turquoise as my favorite lampand added the same chevron material as the curtains to the bottom. LOVE. IT.

I am having a drawer repurposing moment right now.  Got another project using drawers coming up later in the week.  So stay tuned!

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