Check out the before and after:
Now for how I got there...and it wasn't as easy as I thought it would be, but it has been so worth it.
If you recall in my earlier post (and yes I know it was a long time ago) I had just finished staining the legs (which I had cut down because the coffee table was way too tall for an ottoman) of the coffee table. After they were completely dry and cured I added 2 coats of polyurethane lightly sanding between coats 1 and 2. They turned out beautiful.
The next step was to meticulously measure and mark where all the holes would be drilled to pull the buttons through. I have to admit, I got some help from the hubs and his math skills on this one.
I wanted a 3/2/3/2/3 pattern so once we found the center I eyeballed how far I wanted them to go outward and then my hubby did the measuring to make sure that each button would be equally spaced.
We marked the center of each line and that is where we drilled the hole for each button. Make sure the drill bit is a tad bigger than your upholstery needle so you will be able to thread the needle all the way through the holes in the table.
The next step was adding the wood framing to enable the upper portion of the table (above the legs) to hold the padding and form the traditional ottoman shape. Once again, hubby was home to assist in the measuring, cutting and assembling.
Terry made a few quick cuts and screwed the pieces to the coffee table very securely, those suckers won't move now, it's very sturdy. As you can see, we just butted one end against the other, since it will all be covered up there's no need for those pretty 45 degree cuts.
This is where I started to get excited, because once I added the foam it really started to take shape and I could see what I envisioned for this table for years. I bought the foam from JoAnn's and it was pretty expensive but if you watch for coupons you can usually get a good deal. I used 2 inch high density and I think it's just enough, not too much or too little.
I used spray adhesive to attach the foam to the top of the table. I obviously had to make one cut on top and with the rest I filled in between the table top and the frame we attached earlier. By the way, an electric knife cuts through this foam like a hot knife through butter but I have read that it will dull your blades with repeated use so keep that in mind.
Here's a closer look:
I wasn't worried about covering the wood completely with the foam since I will be wrapping the whole thing with thick batting. That has provided plenty of cushion on the sides.
So on with the batting. I just laid it out on the floor and started folding it over and stapling it down, careful not to pull or stretch it.
Awww, look at my little man there, God rest his soul. He went to the Rainbow Bridge on September 30th, 2 days after he turned 14 years old. I miss him terribly. *sniff sniff*
Here's how the batting looked once it was all stapled and trimmed.
For the batting and the fabric I used a manual staple gun. Yes it was hard but I always feel I have more control over a manual gun as opposed to an electric or pneumatic staple/nail gun. Plus, I didn't want to risk damaging the fabric because the pneumatic stapler is off the chain powerful and really buries the staples into the wood.
I placed the fabric on the table to ensure the pattern of the fabric was positioned the way I wanted it to be, then I flipped it over and began stapling it down starting at the center of each side and working outwards saving the legs for last.
I stapled every inch or so pulling firmly but not "stretching" the fabric, I also turned the edges under to prevent fraying and make it look super neat and...well...professional.
Here's a closer look:
Next was the tricky part and I do mean tricky. I'm not a professional so I was totally winging it here (with a little advise from my mom via a frustrated phone call). The corners! I had to pull, tug, trim excess, fold under and staple...all before the fabric wanted to shift on me. Ugh! It was a fight.
Due to the design of the coffee table, there was just no other way to get around the legs...but I think it looks fantastic for an area of an ottoman that no one is going to see anyway.
All secured and stapled, I was so proud of myself!!!
I hammered the plastic floor protectors back into the legs.
I flipped it over to admire our hard work.
And a side shot:
But it's not finished yet. Next...the buttons. I elected to use fabric covered buttons and it was a first for me. I followed the instructions on the package to a "T" and...
...it was actually kinda fun and they turned out really pretty.
Here's where "life got in the way" and I quit blogging, I also quit the ottoman and didn't finish it until this month. *embarrassed and ashamed*
Fast forward to December...
I pulled the buttons through the drilled holes and when the hubs got home from work he stapled the thread into place while I held it. Let me add, there is no easy way to find the holes when you send the needle back down through the same hole you just came up from...you just kind have to poke and wiggle the needle around until you find the hole.
Also, leave plenty of thread (upholsterer's thread) hanging down once the button is through, I had 12 inches for each button hanging so I could really secure it with the pneumatic staple gun by going up and down with the thread like this:
I pulled the buttons tight enough to give me a slight indentation, nothing radical, this was not a deep tufting job (my headboard however...will be).
Now for the nail head trim. To save money I didn't go with the strip, instead I bought individual nails and placed them an inch apart. 36 inches per side times 4 sides equals 144 nail heads. Yikes. And yes this was a tedious job but it really provides the finishing touch.
I simply used a tape measure and marked a dot at every inch mark with a sharpie then I began to hammer and hammer and hammer, with a rubber mallet. I'm a perfectionist so this took a while, I wanted them all in a perfect row, can anyone say OCD?
So that's it. I hate that I let it sit halfway done for 10 months but it is what it is. Now we can enjoy it.
I really like how it turned out. Here it is with the wine cork tray I made sitting on it.
How much did all this cost you ask? Here's the breakdown:
- Wood and screws for framing - $15 at Lowe's
- Minwax Mahogany Gel Stain - $16 at Lowe's
- Minwax Semi-Gloss Polyurethane - $11 at Lowe's
- Sandpaper and brushes - $11 at Lowe's
- 2 yards of 2 inch high density foam - $33 at JoAnn's
- Fast Tack spray adhesive - $15
- 72x90 high loft batting - $14 at JoAnn's
- 2 yards upholstery-grade fabric - $80 at JoAnn's
- Waxed button thread - $4 at JoAnn's
- Upholstery needle - $6 at JoAnn's
- Covered buttons kit - $10 at JoAnn's
- Rubber mallet - $9 at JoAnn's
- Decorative tacks - $12 - at JoAnn's
Grand total: $236.00
The fabric and the foam was a huge chunk obviously, but so worth it. My hubby and I have enjoyed using our *new* ottoman the last few weeks and we both actually enjoyed working on it. There's a certain satisfaction that comes from do-it-yourself that is totally unlike just "shopping" for something.
Here's a partial shot of our living room (the lighting isn't the best, sorry), as you can see we still haven't enclosed the hateful spot above the fireplace but we'll get there.
Yay! I was determined to get this written and posted before the new year and I am going to make it with 3+ hours to spare. :)
New year, new resolutions, I have quite a few I'll be working on, projects around the house, blogging about said projects, eating healthier and exercising more just to name a few.
What about you? What are your goals for the new year? Whatever you endeavor, I wish you much success and happiness!
I hope you enjoyed watching our coffee table morph into an upholstered ottoman, thanks for stopping by. If you have any questions, please let me know and I'll do my best to help.