About a month ago, Andrew and I moved in two big ways. We moved seven hours north, from the heart of central Virginia to western Pennsylvania. We also made a big move in size, upgrading from a basement apartment to a three story townhouse. After unloading all of our furniture, our new house still looked so empty! We are taking our time leisurely filling and decorating it, putting careful thought into how to use our space. And while unfortunately this means that most of our out of town guests have been relegated to the floor (thank you for being so gracious, and we’ll get a bed soon, I promise!), we have had so much fun working our way through the house and filling it out, room by room.
For a long time, I have been wanting an oversized ottoman for the center of our living room. I spent quite a few hours shopping online and at local furniture stores, only to find them overpriced and not quite right for our space. A few weeks ago, Andrew and I were spending a Sunday afternoon scouring a local thrift store when we came across this like new Ethan Allen coffee table for only $17:
More than that, it was exactly the size and shape I was looking for, and as an added bonus, it came with those beautifully sculpted legs. We decided to buy it and have a go at making our own ottoman out of it. The final product:
The whole process was pretty easy, and ended up costing us a grand total of $70- a quarter of the price of other ottoman contenders.
Here’s the step-by-step process, in case you’re interested in doing it yourself!
We headed to JoAnn’s to buy :
- foam: our table was four feet long, so we bought enough foam to cover the surface
- batting: our batting was 4×6 feet. We wanted to make sure it was big enough to stretch underneath the table
- decorative fabric: a pretty pattern, ours was 4×6 again.
- tacks: to nail in the fabric underneath. A staple gun would also work.
First, we detached the bottom of the table from the top part. Andrew did this with one of his fancy tools, and I would not have thought to even detach it had I done this project alone. It was a great idea, and made the whole project much easier!
Next, we set the top part of the table on the foam, and cut out the size we needed:
We unwrapped the decorative fabric and set it face down on the ground. We set the foam batting on top of that, and then the foam on top of that. We set the table top on top of all of it, face down.
The we began folding the fabric over the table and tacking it to the underneath of the table. We did this all the way around, smoothing out folds as we went.
Then we (Andrew) screwed the legs back into the table, and we had our ottoman!
This ottoman has somehow made us love relaxing even more, as it makes reading, watching a movie, and drinking tea infinitely more enjoyable. Turns out life is better with your feet up.
Enjoy making your own!