Thursday, October 18, 2012

Asian Style Coffee Table Turned Swanky Ottoman! "How To"

Alrighty!  This may be one of my MOST FAVORITE diy's.  I know we've all seen the coffee table turned ottoman many-o-times in blogland.... but, I have one more to add to the mix!  I picked up this coffee table at an estate sale for next to nothing.  I liked the legs and it's side profile, but the smokey glass top... not so much! I didn't have the glass inserts on the table for this picture because I was getting it ready to paint, but, that's what went on top, 4 smokey glass, almost black, glass squares.


First I sprayed the table with Deglosser to prep the coffee table for paint.  I always put the Deglosser in a spray bottle, it's just easier for me that way and faster!  Spray it down then wipe it with a cloth, till it's dry, then wait an hour.  I used Valspar Gloss White spray paint for the base.


I wanted to use MDF board for the top so I could keep all the "pretty" of this table's side view.
Just take your table top measurements to Lowe's and have them cut the MDF board for you.




Next I used 2" thick foam squares from Joanns.  I think it's best to cover the foam squares with batting as well but that is optional.


Next cut your fabric, make sure it's several inches larger than the table top.


On this table I did the tufts first.  To make it easy, use a staple gun with the longer staples 
(heavy duty, 9/16" 14mm).  Measure and mark where you want your buttons to go then staple several times for each button spot. Click here to see an in-depth "how to" on this step


Then flip the MDF board over and pull the edges of your fabric around tightly.  I used my hand to squeeze down the foam around the edge while pulling the fabric to the back, to make it tighter. Staple, staple, staple.
You may want to switch to shorter staples for this part.  


Then flip the top back over and use a hot glue gun to attach your buttons.  You can screw through the bottom side of the coffee table into the top you've just made to make it extra secure.


I love the sides of this, now ottoman, with the cutouts in the wood and the pretty Asian style legs!




All finished!

Smiles!
Sammy,
~Renew Redo~










25 comments:

  1. OOooooo!!! FAB-U-LOUS! You are one clever girl!

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    1. Hey Kelli! Thanks. Always so supportive, you are! <-- That's me talking like Yoda! lol

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      Sammy ~ Renew Redo

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  2. Thanks for tip on also wrapping with batting - I can see how that'd help it look smooth. Good timing too - I actually have a cushion to make and I've already got my 2" foam!

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    1. Hey Crystal! Guess that means you'll be having another DIY blog post soon! Yay, can't wait to see. : )

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      Sammy ~ Renew Redo

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    1. Thanks Taylor!!

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  4. I'm in love with the Asian coffee tables. Great idea Sammy! Love it!

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    1. Thanks Julia! Your house is looking amazing by the way!

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      Sammy ~ Renew Redo

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  5. You did it again! It looks wonderful! Love the Asian style.
    I have found that the foam padding is so expensive at Jo-Ann's.
    If you have a Fred Meyer store (I live in Oregon.) in your area I go into their home improvement or sporting goods department and pick up their foam camping pads. They are about $18. for
    a 72x36x3" piece. I just cut it too size and then wrap with batting. I have made ottomans, poufs (stacked to size) and window seats with them.
    By using these I have saved tons of dollars. (Just an idea.)

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    1. Hey Dirose, what a great idea! I'll have to look into that. Thanks for the tip. You're the best! : )

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      Sammy ~ Renew Redo

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  6. love this, what a great idea, id love to feature it, let me know if this would be ok
    lauren

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    1. Hi Lauren! Of course you can!! Would love for you to! Glad you like it. YAY

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      Sammy ~ Renew Redo

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  7. Congrats this is an awesome job, great vision and style!

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  8. Fantastic! I've seen similar tables like this but would never have thought to upholster the top. Brilliant method of creating tufts. Thanks for sharing your brilliance.

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    1. Thanks Mel!

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  9. It turned out fabulous! And I must say, you have great photographing skills. Would you be interested in guest posting at my blog "Stardust-Decor&Style"? I use to host a guest blogger on some Fridays of the month, so if you're interested we could arrange it for this Friday. So shoot me an email.
    Love, Olga

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    1. Hey Olga! I tried to reply to your comment via email, but got the "no reply" so, shoot me an email renewredo@hotmail.com Thanks : )

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  10. Thank you for making this look so easy! My daughter wants a tufted headboard. All of your info will translate well to that project! Perfect. Great to know there's a method that doesn't include drilling and tying!!!

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    1. By the way ....we're going to use the rub-n-buff stencil on her bedroom walls too. You.Are.So.Creative!

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    2. Ooo cool! You'll have to send me a picture when it's done. Would love to see it. Thanks!! : )

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      Sammy ~ Renew Redo

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  11. I am interested in Knowing about the large paintings that are in the Living room with the Black molding, is that something you did as well? If so can you email on how it was done? dejesusangel@hotmail.com

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  12. I love your ottoman! I have a coffee table that is almost identical to yours and I plan to turn it into an ottoman as well. However, I am a little confused on how you attached the tuffed piece (with foam and fabric) to the table itself. Did screw it together? If so, what type of screws did you use?

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  13. @Dirose, that is a great tip! No Fred Meyer down here, but those foam cushions are half the price at Walmart that they are at JoAnn. Same with the batting. I'm going to check out their outdoor department for your suggestion today!

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