I found a really awesome vintage coffee table that I made into an upholstered ottoman. I loved the shape, but on it’s own, the coffee table was a little low for my tastes.
It was a great sturdy piece but obviously a super-dated. Even thought the leather top was in great shape, what was I going to do with a brown leather top unless I kept it natural wood? Many of these pieces, if I am going to paint them, I now prime and paint right over the leather top.Half of the time the leather is in terrible shape anyway and can’t be saved.
I took it out to the backyard and gave it a few coats of antique white. I actually spray my furniture upside down first. It’s easier to get all of those nooks and crannies, and not miss anything.
After it dried, I brought it inside and put it on top of my upholstery materials.
I always have burlap on hand, so that was the fabric of choice. I put 6 layers of padding down on top of that. I didn’t want it super-padded, just enough to tuft. If I wanted to really make it really cushy, I would have done a layer of 2-4 inch foam and then the padding and fabric.
I trimmed the padding about an inch from the table all of the way around and the burlap about 2 inches.
Once it was trimmed, I started stapling and wrapping it around the base.I folded the edge of the burlap over so it didn’t unravel or pull.
Once I went all of the way around, I flipped it our and I had a nice round,soft top.
It needed some tufting. I marked out a pattern and used long upholstery tacks to make the tufting for the DIY upholstered ottoman.
They went right into the top. Once in a while I would pound one in on a crazy angle and have to pull it tight again and start over.
The coffee table repurposed as an upholstered ottoman turned out very cute and is really functional.The padding was $19.99 at Joann’s, but I used a 40% off coupon on it. I love this tufting technique and I think I am going to have to pull it out more!!!