Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Turning a Coffee Table Into an Ottoman (Part 1)

I bought a great coffee table at Scout, a few months ago, with the intention of rehabbing it, but with a twist. I loved the charm of the table, just not so much the terrible paint job someone had put it through:




Why would anyone paint a table lime green and metallic silver?! Luckily, I was able to see past that, so I bought the table and loaded it into my car. I had a great idea -- I didn't like how low to the ground the coffee table was, it dated it back to the '70s, so I thought I could make a cushion for it and turn it into an ottoman!

First things first, I needed to paint the table. So I sanded it down, using 80 grit sandpaper to remove the paint, and 150 grit to make the surface smooth. Having done a few more pieces of furniture since, I don't think I would recommend using such a coarsely gritted sandpaper (80), but would start with 150, to remove the paint, and smooth with something higher, like 220. I, then, lightly sprayed three coats of primer onto the table, allowing the primer to dry between each coat. Lastly, I painted four, again light, coats of paint. The following are the materials I used:

  • Sandpaper
  • Nylon/Polyester paint brushes
  • Rust-oleum Painter's Touch Ultra Cover Spray Primer
  • Rust-oleum Painter's Touch Black Gloss Paint
{Already looks so much better without the lime green/silver paint!}

{With 3 light coats of primer}

{Paint-in-progress}


Once the table was complete, it was time to make the cushion. Skip forward five months, and I actually began the cushion yesterday! It did not take too long, nor was it very difficult. The hardest part was figuring out how to load the staples into my new, handy electric staple gun -- not to worry, Austin came to the rescue! What can I say, I'm still fairly new to this DIY stuff! Materials used to make the cushion:

  • Electric staple gun
  • 3/8" staples
  • Serrated knife
  • 5 mm (or thicker) plywood board cut to frame's dimensions
  • 3/4" batting
  • 2" foam
  • Marker
  • Scissors
  • Decorative upholstery fabric
  • And if you're at my house, a helpful cat is always nice to have, too! 


Step 1: Place board on top of foam and trace the outline of the board onto the foam. Using the serrated knife, cut the foam about 1 inch past the outline, allowing room for you to gather and staple the foam around the edge of the board. 

Step 2: Using electric staple gun, gather and staple the foam around the perimeter of the board. (Ignore that you can see the board on the top and bottom -- it should not be that way, Hancock's just didn't have foam wide enough for my board.)


Step 3: Lay batting out flat on workspace, and flip board so that the foam is face-down and plywood is face-up. Tightly pull batting up and over, and starting in the middle and working your way out, stopping before the corners, staple the batting to the plywood. Do each side this way: tightly pull, staple in the middle, work your way out, stopping before you get to the corners. Corners should look like this, once you've stapled each side:





Step 4: Cut/remove excess from corners, then staple.


Voilà! My cushion is complete and ready for the upholstery part, which is super easy and fairly quick. Come back, tomorrow, to see the upholstery steps and the final product -- it looks awesome!



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