Chic DIY Ottoman from this Old Coffee Table

Make a chic DIY ottoman from your old coffee table; Bringing new life to old pieces

Turning something old and un-functional into something new and usable is a great way to recycle some old pieces that you may have laying around your house or at your local thrift shop.  The best part: you can turn them into anything you want!  My daughter, who moved back in with my husband and I after switching colleges is saving up money to move into her first apartment after graduation so we are beginning to make pieces for her new place.  The best part about this chic DIY Ottoman project is that there are no rules, you can do whatever you’d like.  Here are the basics of what you will need.

-Old coffee table (square, rectangle, or circle)
-Furniture cushion 3-4 inches thick (this can be bought at the craft store or even your local Lowes)
-Mod Podge (or some other adhesive) – http://www.plaidonline.com/mod-podge/brand/home.htm
-2 yards of fabric of your choice
-Staples
-Staple gun
-Decorative nail heads
-Paint of your color choice
-Hammer
-Hot glue gun and glue sticks
-Cambric fabric
-Scissors

Here are the steps you will need to take to turn an old coffee table into a chic DIY ottoman:

1.   Paint the coffee table the color of your choice, this will bring new life to a boring old piece so you can make it your style.

Coffee Table Step 1
Step 1: Paint the Coffee Table

2.   After the table is dry, lay the furniture cushion on top of the table and trim the cushion so the top is covered in the cushion. (We already had our cushion glued on before we painted)

3.   Glue the cushion down to the table top.

4.   Place the fabric over the glued down cushion to make sure it is centered the way you want if there is a pattern.  Then life up a corner at a time and spray Mod Podge glue over the cushion in that are and smooth it out.  Make sure to do this on all sides so the fabric doesn’t move around.

Coffee Table and Foam
Step 4a: Spray adhesive on foam
Coffee Table with Fabric and Foam
Step 4b: Smooth fabric on adheased foam

5.   Once it is placed the way you like shoot a couple of staples into the underneath of the table to hold the fabric into place.

Coffee Table with Fabric
Step 5: Staple fabric in place

Flip the table over so the fabric is on the counter (make sure the counter is covered with a clean sheet or covering so the fabric doesn’t get dirty) and begin stapling the rest of the fabric to the bottom of the table.

Attach Fabric to Coffee Table
Step 5b: Staple fabric to coffee table

6.   After the fabric is all stapled to the bottom place the cambric fabric over the whole bottom of the table and glue it down with the hot glue so the underneath will have a finished look.  (If you aren’t familiar with cambric fabric it is usually seen on the underneath of upholstered furniture as a finishing.)

Attach cambric fabric to ottoman
Step 6: Attach cambric fabric to ottoman

7.   Once the cambric fabric is glued down flip over the table so it is standing on its legs.  Hammer in the decorative nail heads around the side. We used a nail head roll where you only put in nail head every few inches but the whole thing will look like it has nail heads around the whole piece.

Attach decorative nail heads to ottoman
Step 7: Attach decorative nail heads to ottoman

8.   Place in front of the couch and enjoy your new DIY ottoman!

Your finished chic DIY ottoman
Step 8: Enjoy your chic DIY ottoman

This whole project took my daughter and I about two hours to complete and we spent less than $60.  A new ottoman of this size can cost you upwards of $300, making your savings around $240.  So, what is stopping you from creating your own chic DIY ottoman!

I hope you enjoyed this how to!

Happy Thursday!

-LC & CC

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