The Coffee Table That Became a Tufted Ottoman
I am so excited to share my newest furniture makeover with you today. Those of who follow me may remember that when I photographed the Union Jack Coffee Table I had made for my brother, I discovered just how much I wanted a coffee table in our living room. We have a decent sized space, which was great for toddlers running around, but we use our living room so much for gatherings, that it would be really nice to have a place to put drinks. But more than a coffee table, I have wanted an ottoman. I like putting my feet up when I sit down.
A couple years back Dear Lillie shared a tutorial on how she built a tufted ottoman. I looked at Lowes and priced out the supplies determining that even building from scratch was going to cost a decent amount. So when I discovered this coffee table at a thrift store the day after I photographed by brother’s Union Jack Table, the creative juices got flowing. I knew $15 for the solid wood coffee table with unique curves and turned legs could be the answer to my ottoman/coffee table dilemma.
I explained to guests who visited our house for the month or so before I could work on it they were seeing a live “before” shot. It was a solid piece, a little banged up cosmetically, but otherwise in perfect order. The center pieces were also solid wood, but covered in some kind of 80’s vinyl extravaganza.
First I lightly sanded the piece on the deck, and the snow started falling, so it was pretty quick. But I knew I would be covering it with MMS Milk Paint with the bonding agent added so I wasn’t too worried about a thorough sanding. I used layers of Linen, Linen mixed with Curio, and Grainsack.
Then I sealed the piece with Mocha Burnishing Glaze. I didn’t want to finish it with wax because I’ve heard in the bad heat it can melt, and while we do live in Alaska, our giant wrap around windows act as a greenhouse on sunny days, and it can get extremely hot.
The most expensive part of the project was of course the 3″ high density foam. I got it half off, but it still is expensive. I followed an amazing tutorial from Addicted2Decorating for diamond tufting, and now have my own tutorial available here.
I considered making a tutorial as I worked, but I wanted to be sure I knew what I was doing first. Sometime in the near future I will do a diamond tufted tutorial on a much smaller scale. There are a lot of tutorials out there on tufting, and honestly, a lot done not so well. I chose the tutorial who’s product, in my opinion looked the most professional. And she did a great job explaining and teaching!
I was originally going to do the ottoman in linen, but after I painted it, the linen I had looked way too yellow next to the paint and it blended in rather blah like. When my husband and I were in California last year and purchased fabric in the fashion district (see this post for that adventure), one of the gems I picked up was 2 yards of this silvery blue velvet. I had thought about an ottoman at that time, but later determined linen would be better. But when the linen option didn’t work out, and I saw The Inspired Room‘s velvet tufted ottoman via Pinterest, which was amazing, I decided once again I would like the velvet option.
I used the screw and washer method for tufting (following Addicted2Decorating’s tutorial linked above). Not authentic, I realize, but easier to say the least. Then I covered the buttons and hot glued them over the screws.
I decided to leave a bit of the frame for two reasons. One, I thought it was really pretty. For two, I only had enough velvet for that width because I had previously made a throw pillow from the same material. I decided finishing with double welting would leave it looking more professional. Which is true for the most part. Until you see one small section…
You see, velvet has a wale, just like corduroy, meaning the fibers lean a certain direction and it looks a different color if they are in opposing directions. I learned about this in high school when I cut out a jumper out of red corduroy, the back and front I cut different directionally. Let’s just say that one ended up contributing to the garbage bin. So I knew about this wale as I made the welting, and was careful, so I thought to work with it. Apparently not careful enough. My husband says it gives the piece character. It actually makes me the perfectionist laugh a bit. I was just thankful it’s for me and not a client, in which case I would have probably cried.
All in all I’m pleased with my tufted ottoman. It’s not perfect, but I am giving myself some grace since it is my first tufting project. I learned things that will be beneficial for the future of my tufting projects.
And I’m still looking for a tray. I want a rustic looking wood tray to balance out the velvetness against brown leather and a house full of males. Until then, the little rustic wood letter tray is going to have to do.
All in all I really love it. It looks so inviting to snuggle into the couch with a throw and put my feet up, and I don’t even like to read! Ha. At any rate, I’m pleased with my newest furniture learning adventure.
Thanks once again for stopping by!
To see the tutorial I have since made on making your own tufted ottoman, click here. And be sure to pin and share away!
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Great job:-) I love it!
Thank you, Anita! I’m loving it more and more, myself. 🙂
It looks beautiful, good job!!
Thank you so much, Linda!
I absolutely love it….and plan to try it very soon!!
Thank you Helen! I’m so glad it inspired you! It was definitely a rewarding project, although one of the longest I’ve done furniture-wise. But everyone in the family approves and finds it’s an asset to the living room. So I think that’s a win-win! 🙂
it’s perfect! the tufting, the color…love it!
Thank you so much! I’m definitely loving it!
This is stunning, Cheryl. I love the paint color and the fabric choice. It looks so very professionally done and I can’t believe this was your first tufting project! I’m definitely going to check out that tutorial you mentioned too. Hope you had a great Christmas!
Thank you so much, Amy! What an incredibly sweet compliment. Thank you so much! I so value your eye in craftsmanship, so that means a lot. Happy New Year!
Your ottoman is just gorgeous! Just found you via a share on FB. I would love it if you would consider sharing this and any other furniture makeover that you have done on our FURNITURE ONLY blog party, Friday’s Furniture Fix. The party is open over the holidays and you can still add them here… http://www.patinaparadise.com/2015/12/fridays-furniture-fix-20.html
Thank you so much, Lucy! I will check out your party. 🙂
This looks awesome and is something I’ve been wanting to do for months now. One question for you, did you first adhere the foam and fabric to the plywood like Addicted2Decorating did? Or did you just adhere directly to your table?
Thanks, Trisha. I actually just adhered everything directly to the table since it was solid wood. No need to make more work than necessary. 🙂 Good luck on your project!!
It is beyond gorgeous! Your color and fabric choices are spot on. Let’s put it this way, if I lived in your neck of the woods I might be the proud owner. Need I say, I loooooove it!
Maureen, thank you so much! I’m beginning to think I could refurbish coffee tables into tufted ottomans and do quite well for myself. If only there wasn’t the time factor…. Thank you your stopping by and for your sweet comment! -Cheryl
Cheryl, I am blown away by how great this ottoman looks and am very anxious to see the final tutorial. I absolutely love the color of the velvet you chose…so well done.
Wow, thank you so much Lynn! I will be seeing what I can do about getting a tutorial out there ASAP. All of a sudden this innocent ottoman has quite the following. 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment.
WOW! This is a beautifully done project! The colors and the velvet are speaking my language. This is so pretty.
I would love to see a tutorial for how you did the tufting. I have done some of it myself and am always looking for ways to improve the quality of my work.
Happy New Year,
Thank you so much, Olivia! I so appreciate it. I realize this ottoman is becoming something in the blog world, so I have it as a priority to make a tutorial in the next couple of months. Sorry it can’t be sooner, but I do want to be faithful to my word there! Thanks again for your sweet comment and encouragement! ~Cheryl
Gorgeous! You did such a great job on your first tufting project! Good luck in your tray hunt! Cynthia
Thank you so much, Cynthia! I’m in the process of a DIY tray, now to find the right handles, that won’t make it cost as much as a brand new tray in the first place! 🙂
Absolutely beautiful! I would love to see your tutorial in the future!
Your finished product looks amazing, very professional. I appreciate your attention to details, like the double welting, it really sets your ottoman apart from the rest I’ve found on Pinterest. I snagged a free coffee table, out on the curb for trash day, that was the exact same shape and I was struggling with how to make the top an ottoman. After searching for awhile, I saw your ottoman and it’s exactly what I want. Thanks for posting your beautiful creation!
Leanne, thank you so much for your encouraging words! That seriously made my day. You gave some very high compliments, and I am so grateful when someone takes the time to comment, especially when you could just Pin the photo and I would never know. So thank you for taking the time express your words.
Best of luck to you as you embark on your ottoman. It’s a bit of a time-consuming project, but it continues to be the attention-getting masterpiece in our living room. Which of course is super rewarding. I’d love to see a photo of your finished product. 🙂
I want it!! Beautiful job.
Thank you, Cheryl. Yes, a year and a half later, it’s still my favorite piece of furniture in the house. 🙂