February 18, 2013

Coffee Table Turned DIY Upholstered Ottoman, the Beginning

I finally found the fabric!!!  It took long enough, but I found the fabric that duplicated exactly what I had envisioned covering our cover table to transform it into the plush, gorgeous, lightly-tufted ottoman I've wanted for quite some time now.  Unfortunately it wasn't on sale but it was SO worth the money, $39.99 per yard and I bought 2 yards, splurge.


I was however, very happy that JoAnn Fabrics had a 50% off coupon this weekend that included...wait for it...high density foam rubber!  The two inch thickness is what I needed and it's usually $32.99 per yard and I needed two yards, so...score!

Y'all remember this photo from a previous post about our bonus room?



Yes, that's our former old, pine coffee table with a miter saw contraption anchored to it that's been in hibernating in our bonus room since we moved into our new home back in March of 2007.

But not anymore, the transformation has begun.

I shared with y'all my plans for it and I've been hunting fabric to match our roman shades.


Now, no computer can capture the exact colors of anything because all our monitors/laptop displays are different, but the "red" in the shades is a cross between a burgundy red and a Spice color.  There's also olive green, taupe, cream and the pumpkin color (that's on the walls) in the shades and I wanted the fabric for the ottoman to somewhat match this...and it does, to a "T", yay!   The colors in the roman shade and the fabric I bought look different on my computer, but, "in real life" they match.

I'll share with you what we've done so far.


Here she sits, all dismantled.

It's very tall, even without the 2 inch foam rubber on it, much taller than it should be for our sofa and loveseat.  I knew I'd be cutting down the legs so that it would more resemble this look:

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So hubby and I began measuring, marking and remeasuring and then we headed out to the garage to make the cuts.  We were lucky, every single leg came out exactly the length we needed, down to the millimeter.

Whew!


Now the table is the perfect height and it doesn't look bad at all.  I actually prefer the legs to be "fatter" at the end as opposed to tapering down, yeah...I think I'm diggin' that chunky look.


Gizmo is photo-bombing.

On one of the next posts, I'll have to take a picture for y'all that is table-level so you can see the height of the table vs. the height of the sofa.

So now onto staining the legs with the cherry gel stain...maybe.

I found this photo today and I'm kinda diggin' the skirt.

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If I go with the skirt it will be in the coordinating stripe fabric that matches the paisley I bought. Added bonus is I wouldn't have to stain and seal the legs.  But then again...I'd have to sew the skirt...

I'm so glad my mom taught me how to sew when I was young and uninterested in sewing at the time.

Decisions, decisions.


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67 comments:

  1. Audrey, I just know your coffee table transformed to ottoman will look great. The paisley fabric you chose is gorgeous and I like the chunky look to the legs after you shortened them(more stable too). Can't wait to see the finished product!

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    1. Thank you Lynn and thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful day girl!

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  2. Man, that's some accomplishment getting the legs cut so evenly. Tricky but isn't it fun to do and have something start to turn into what you want it to be. Good for you on the great deal! Hope it all turns out perfectly!
    Liz @ Quirky Vistas

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    1. Yes, I agree it was a huge deal getting them all cut...so glad we measured, measured and measured. Thanks for stopping by Liz and have a great evening.

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  3. Great inspiration photos!Your fabric is beautiful!Looking forward to seeing it!Thanks for stopping by white lace cottage.I am now following along now too :-)
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    Anne

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    1. Thank you Anne and thanks for stopping by and the follow!!! Have a great evening.

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  4. Thanks so much for joining my party. I am following you back. Follow back on Pinterest too ?
    Xo

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    1. Thank you so much Isabelle, yes I will follow you on Pinterest too! Have a great evening!

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  5. your ottoman will be gorgeous when it's done. I am excited to see the final results! Cheers from your newest follower.

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  6. What a great idea!! I'm pinning this for future reference!
    Cathy @ Lemon Tree Dwelling

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    1. Thank you Cathy and thanks for stopping by and for the pin. Have a great day!

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  7. Wow! This is an impressive undertaking. I hope you'll share it at our "What'd You Do This Weekend Linky Party at thedomesticatedprincess.com.

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    1. Thank you Bonny and thanks for stopping by and for the pin. I'll go check out your link party. :) Have a great day!

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  8. What a great idea! Please share it on a terrific linky – Design Décor Tuesday. www.designdecortuesday.blogspot.com. See you there! ☺

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    1. Thank you Jennifer and thanks for stopping by today, I will head on over and check out the linky! Have a great day.

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  9. Turned out great! Fabulous idea. I would love to have to share at my link party this week.
    http://www.bloominghomestead.com/2013/02/crafty-tuesday-link-party-21913.html

    -Marie

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    1. Thank you Marie and thanks for stopping by! I will go check out your party, have a great night!

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  10. I can't wait to see the finished project!

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    1. Me neither! LOL Thanks for stopping by and have a great evening.

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  11. That ottoman is awesome I might have to try that in my next DIY.

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    1. Hi Sharon! I can't wait to finish mine. I'm working on it tonight...again. :) Thanks for stopping by and have a great evening.

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  12. I have the same exact fabric. I bought it for pillows, what was I thinking, it is dry clean only. So it is waiting for the perfect project to pop up. Your ottoman should be gorgeous.
    Traci

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    1. I'm actually going to make some pillows for our sofa and loveseat with that fabric and the coordinating stripe fabric...I don't think they'll get dirty as usually our pillows are for decorative purposes only, plus it's just me and hubby so it shouldn't be a problem. Good luck, I'm sure you'll make something beautiful with it! Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by.

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  13. Great job! It looks amazing! Pinning for my own version in the future . . . (visiting from Southern Lovely)

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    1. Thanks Michelle and thank you so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day.

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  14. I've been wanting to do this with our coffee table too! CAn't wait to see how it turns out!

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    1. Thank you and thanks for stopping by today, have a great night!

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  15. Wow, that's awesome, it adds a touch of elegance. I'm your newest follower and can't wait to see what else you create!

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    1. Thanks Lorna and thanks for stopping by. It's not finished yet, but it will be elegant when I'm done with it. ;)

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  16. Can't wait to see it completed! I am actually going to an ottoman making class on Saturday. Love Gizmo! We have a wienie just like him! Her name is Savannah. Thanx for coming to the party!

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    1. I can't wait either! I'm staining the legs now, literally right now and I'm hoping they turn out okay otherwise I will just have to paint them. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

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  17. That is really neat! We have a coffee table that has just been hammered by my two kids and this would be a great thing to do to it! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you Heather and thanks for stopping by today. Have a good one!

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  18. This is on my project list so I am always interested to see how others accomplish this. Looking forward to the finish piece! Laura @Top This Top That

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Laura, I can't wait for it to be done so I can share with everyone AND so I can prop my feet up and enjoy a good movie! :) Have a good one.

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  19. You know, you can fashion those leftover legs into pillar candle holders! The ottoman sounds like a long-awaited project. She's sure to be stunner when she's done!

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    1. I thought about that too!!! Thank you and thanks for stopping by, have a good one!

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  20. Great project! I don't think you could go wrong either way...skirt or legs!

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    1. Thank you Jennifer and thanks for stopping by, have a good one!

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  21. WOAH, that turned out great, Audrey! I've had something similar on my to do list but a rectangular coffee table turned bench for the end of my bed! love it!

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  22. Hi - saw your project at Chic on a shoestring. Can't wait to see how it turns out. I love the DIY! Good luck with it!

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    1. Thanks Kyra and thank you for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  23. What an in depth project! It seems like a really cool idea, though, and one my man would totally dig. I'll have to share this with him when he gets home from deployment - he loves working with wood.

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    1. You ain't kidding about the "in depth" part Natasha...I can't wait to get the freakin' legs finished so I can move on to the upholstery part! Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

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  24. LOVE the fabric. Paisley is my absolute favorite design. I stenciled it on the backs of my craft room cabinets.

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    1. Thanks Kat and thank you for stopping by today, have a great weekend!

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  26. Audrey that's fantastic! Repurposed Ideas Weekly is posted if you would like to share.
    http://repurposemylife.com/repurposed-ideas-weekly-27-rainbow-color/

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    1. Thanks Marlo and thank you for stopping by! I will go check out your party. :) Have a great weekend.

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  27. I love a girl who isn't afraid to chop down some furniture! The fabric is great and I'm leaning toward thinking that the look without the skirt might be the way to go... just my two cents! Your Gizmo looks just like my little beagle-doxie, Gibby. He's a fat little smooth. xo!

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    1. Hey there! Thanks CD and thanks for stopping by. I have decided against the skirt, the legs are going to be too-too pretty to cover up, I'm still working on staining them...drying time is killin' me, I want to get on with the fun stuff, the fabric and fluff! Gibby sounds like my alternate name for Gizmo, Gizzy. Have a great weekend!

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  28. love the look of it but wonder how did u do the tufting? did u drill holes and use string to pull it taute?

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    1. I have not upholstered mine yet. The photos of the finished ottomans are other's work but mine will be done like that. I will be posting a tutorial of the tufting so stay tuned. :) Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

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  29. I have an old coffee table that I have been wanting to refashion. The only problem is I haven't found the right material for it yet. Thanks for sharing at Fluster's Creative Muster. I'm looking forward to seeing what you link up next week.

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    1. Thanks FB and thank you for stopping by tonight. I hear ya, it took me a month to find this fabric...and ya gotta love the fabric. Have a great weekend!

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  30. I have been drooling over an ottoman myself and after seeing your's I'm inspired to give it a try seeing as I even have that EXACT coffee table. LOL! Can't wait to see more pics.
    Blessings and Peace

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    1. I'm so glad I inspired you to do this as well! We'll learn together, right? LOL I'm putting my final coat of stain on the legs today, finally...YAY! Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by.

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  31. Looks great! Love the tufting, it looks great. Stop my blog and link up this amazing project. http://houseofthriftydecor.blogspot.com/

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    1. :-/ I'm confused. I haven't done any upholstering yet, still staining and sealing the legs.

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  32. Audrey, I can't wait to see how it turns out. That table is going to be perfect for an ottoman. Love the fabric you chose. Thanks for joining us at Transformed Tuesday.
    Hugs,
    Peggy

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    1. Thanks Peggy and thank you for stopping by! I just finished applying the first coat of poly and it will take another and then I can start the REAL transformation! I can't wait!

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  33. That is beautiful! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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    1. Hi Sherry, I haven't finished it yet but it will be beautiful when I do :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  34. You did an amazing job! And such a great idea. :)

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    1. :-/ I haven't even finished it yet but thanks anyway. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

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