Thursday, June 28, 2012

Turning a Coffee Table Into an Ottoman (Part 2)

As you saw yesterday, I've been in the process of finishing what was an incomplete project. My table sat in my basement, for several months, painted, awaiting its cushion. On Tuesday, I finally made the cushion, followed by upholstering it just yesterday. With any project I do myself, there are always little imperfections that I can't seem to see past, but overall, I'm very pleased with how this one turned out! I'm not sure where I'm going to use it (I would put it in my living room, but it doesn't quite go with my existing fabrics), so if you think it'd look perfect in your house, shoot me an email at, title the subject line: Ottoman Information. I can then give you the price, dimensions, etc.

To upholster the cushion, I used:

  • Decorative upholstery fabric (the fabric used in this project came from DRC Fabrics)
  • Electric staple gun
  • 3/8" staples
  • Scissors
Step 1: Lay fabric right-side down on workspace. Make sure to pull it from all sides so that it's completely flat. Place cushion face down on fabric. Cut fabric so that there is about 1-2 inches past outline of cushion/board. 

Step 2: Like yesterday, when covering the cushion with batting, start in the middle, on one side. Pull the fabric tightly, staple in the middle. Continue pulling tightly and stapling, to complete the side, stopping before you get to the corners. Do this for each side.

Step 3: Once you've stapled each side, address the corners. Cut down the center of the fold, creating two edges like this:

Step 4: My fabric is pretty heavy, so I decided to remove some of the excess fabric so that it would fold and lay more smoothly.

Step 5: Tuck one side under the other, laying it flat underneath the opposite side's fabric. To rest assured that it was not coming undone, I stapled the now flat fabric in place.

Step 6: Fold remaining side's fabric, so that you have a straight edge. Staple in place. Repeat at each corner.

Now it's time for the final product...!

What do you think? Have you ever repurposed a great second hand piece of furniture? Let me know if you have! On a different note, I'll be posting an update on Project: Kitchen Reno tomorrow. It's almost the weekend! :)


  1. You're no stranger to the staple gun! It looks really cute! Is that in the Dining Room/Foyer?

  2. thanks!! yes, it's just below the stairwell. our dining room is currently non-existent -- hopefully, it'll get put back together this weekend!