Use a second-hand coffee table to construct this versatile ottoman.

Materials you will need:

  • Paintbrush
  • Ruler/measuring tape
  • Marker
  • Drill with 6 mm drill bit
  • Scissors
  • Staple gun with staples
  • Kebab skewer
  • Pliers
  • Old coffee table
  • Leftover paint
  • Leftover fabric
  • Medium-density foam
  • Contact adhesive
  • 1m batting
  • 8 x covered buttons with prongs

Step 1

Use a paintbrush to prime the legs and dress of the table with Supagrip. Let it dry. Paint two coats of Pearlglo on the legs and dress of the table, letting it dry between coats.

Step 2

On the foam work out where the buttons will go. Use a ruler and marker to mark out the positions.

Step 3

Apply the contact adhesive with a brush to the back of the foam and the surface of the table. Carefully place the foam on top of the table.

Step 4

Use the drill to drill holes on the marks for the buttons all the way through the sponge and wood surface of the table.

Step 5

Place the batting on your work surface. Place the table upside down on the batting so the foam is on the batting. Fold the edges of the batting back over the foam and the edges of the table and staple in place. Trim excess batting.

Step 6

Place the fabric right side down on the work surface. Fold a hem along the edge of the fabric as you stable it down to create a neat edge. Do all 4 sides, then neatly fold the corners as you would with a gift and staple the fabric in place.

Step 7

Insert the kebab skewer from beneath the table into the holes you drilled in step 4 to punch a hole in the fabric for the buttons. Insert the button from the top, pressing down hard through the foam and the wood. Use pliers to bend the prongs open at the bottom.


Referenced from Gallo Images / YOU Magazine

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