Can you imagine this handsome ottoman was a coffee table in it’s previous life. This coffee table was one of the many furniture items, which had been filling up my garage from few years of thrift diving. I just love the old pieces of furniture with solid bones, which still have a lot of life left in them. When given a face lift with some TLC and some makeup, they can give today’s compressed wood furniture pieces run for their money, and this table was no exception. As always, I don’t have the proper before picture, but few pictures of the cleaning, stripping and sanding process.
All cleaned up and ready for the makeover
I was inspired by this tufted ottoman from Ballard Designs. It was almost similar in size and shape of my coffee table. They don’t carry it anymore, but a similar one in a different shape.
These are the steps I took to bring it to it’s current state;
- Cleaned, stripped, and sanded.
- Stained with home made vinegar stain.
- Glazed with thinned sown white paint.
- Had two pieces of plywood cut to fit into the top and the bottom.
- Stained and stenciled the bottom piece, and attached it to the sides with the help of pocket screws.
- Gave the whole piece 3 coats of varnish in matt finish.
- Upholstered the top piece and attach it to the table with the screws from underneath.
This way it is much easier to reupholster the top. It is just a matter of taking down few screws.
One final side by side comparison
Let me know what you think of this transformation.