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!