DIY Coffee Table Ottoman
These are the materials we used to create the coffee table ottoman.
- Coffee Table
- Spray Paint
- Clear Sealer
- Spray Adhesive
- Cover Buttons
- Button Tools
- Upholstery needle
- Upholstery thread
- Felt Material
- Scissors, compass, sharpie, staple gun, staples
If you're searching for a simple do-it-yourself project, you've found it. Turning an old, worn out coffee table into a tufted ottoman really isn't as difficult as it may seem. I personally had never done one until last week.
A dear friend of mine acquired an old table for free from her dad and was inspired to find a way to use it in her home. She approached me with the idea of converting the table into an ottoman and I thought it would be a great way to repurpose an otherwise useless item.
After a little research and shopping, we were ready to begin our diy coffee table turned ottoman!
Step 1 - Paint your table. In our version, we opted to spray paint with a faux stone finish spray paint. Since the top of our table is going to be covered in fabric we only painted the sides and legs. Be sure to use spray paint in a well ventilated area! Once the paint is dry, apply a clear protective sealer.
Step 2 - Cut your foam. Prior to painting the table, trace the table top onto your foam. We found it easiest to turn the table upside down, place it on top of the foam, and then trace it with a sharpie. Once you've traced your table shape, cut the foam with scissors.
Step 3 - Make your buttons.We made a total of 8 buttons. Our button kits came with 3 buttons so we bought 3 kits and had one button left over unused. Using the compass, measure out circles that are twice the size of the diameter of the button you want to cover. Create enough circles to cover each button. Our button kits included instructions on how to cover the buttons. These instructions were very easy to follow and the kit included everything we needed. I'll link a video for this process so it will be easier to understand. We used the same material to cover the buttons as we were using to cover the ottoman top.
Step 4 - Tufting. You will need the felt, upholstery needle and thread as well as your covered buttons and your fabric. We purchased 2 yards of material and didn't need it all. Instead of cutting our fabric to size we left it in tact and trimmed the excess after we stapled it to the table. For this step I will refer you to the video as it is much easier to understand than it would be if I tried to type it out for you - same as the button covering step above. Some instructions are just easier to follow in video form. In the video, she tufts her ottoman after the top has been put on. Since we're covering a table and there is no way to sew through the table top unless we drill holes, we opted to tuft the top before putting it on the table. We placed the giraffe material on top of the foam piece we had already cut and then tufted the buttons through the fabric and foam making it all once piece.
Step 5 - Adhere the top. After you've tufted your fabric top, it's time to adhere it to the table. We used spray glue to secure the foam topper to the table top before flipping the table over and stapling the fabric down. Once we had glued the foam to the table, we flipped the table upside down and pulled the fabric tight all the way around and then we began stapling. Be sure to pull your fabric tight as you staple so that your top stays smooth and the fabric doesn't buckle. Pay extra attention to any corners or rounded edges. When pulling the fabric, make sure to pull in an upward angle not at a diagonal or else you will end up with buckling. Once you've stapled the fabric all the way around, trim off the excess material and you're finished!
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Watch the video to the right to learn how to cover your buttons with fabric. The actual button covering process is only the first minute or so of the video. We found that the process was very quick once we did the first one. Be sure to pull your fabric tight when placing the back on so that your fabric doesn't buckle across the front of your button. We ended up trimming some of our excess fabric off before pressing the button back into place. You will hear a "Pop" when the button back is securely in place.
How to tuft the ottoman
This is the video I watched to learn how to tuft the ottoman. I have never tufted anything before so I wasn't sure how difficult it would be. I followed the method used in this video and found that it was relatively simple. The only differences are that we tufted our ottoman top before it was adhered to the table so we didn't actually sew all the way through the table top. Also, we used felt material on the underside instead of the muslin only because we already had the felt on hand. It worked just as well as the muslin.