Make an Ottoman From a Coffee Table, Part II

It wasn't all that long ago that I made a tufted ottoman from a $25 Craigslist coffee table.


I never loved the velvet (it was just something I had already) and I couldn't manage to get the tufts as deep as I wanted and that always bugged me.


So reupholstering the coffee-table-turned-ottoman was high on the priority list after moving.


I ended up bagging the tufting idea, and adding a few more layers of batting and foam for a more rounded effect. Another big change was I cut the legs down a few inches. I feel like this is a much more visually pleasing height.


I used a little of my vintage grosgrain ribbon to cover up the staples. I think these new corners turned out so much better!


What do you think of the results? I really happy with the colors of the new fabric with my sofa and pillows. And I'm so excited to show you guys the rest of the room. Most of the art went up today and the curtains will be finished later this week (wait 'til you see those - holy DRAMA!).
{P.S. the blue linen pillows are available at Crate&Barrel right now, in case some of you fellow peacock blue lovers are interested.}

42 comments:

Mrs. Limestone said...

Love the new version and the corners look so much more clean now. Great job.

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

It looks gorgeous! Great job!

Petertammenson said...

Oh, I love it - and you're right, the ottoman is happier at that height and the corners looks fantastic. Now I want to know where you find the great rug!

Liz @ It's Great To Be Home said...

Beautiful!! I swooned over it the first time you did it, and now I'm even more in love. The fabric is so lovely - fun and quirky while still remaining a bit traditional. Love!!

Farrah said...

Beautiful! I like the second try much better as well!! Love that fabric!

Where is your rug from?

Kelly Galvin Robson said...

Did you get a new camera??? I need one. :)

Oh! and LOVE the ottoman. Looks so fantastic. :)

Sarah said...

Wow, gorgeous! Love that you found a fabric you like that ties together all the colors in the room. Can't wait to see the rest of the reveal. PS. Sorry you had to leave Boston (we'll miss you!) but have fun in DE:)

Erin said...

LOVE the new fabric. And the height, for that matter.

Linda/"Mom" said...

* F*A*B*U*L*O*S*O!!! ~ "Truly Terriffic"!!! ~ KUDOS to you, kiddo... "yer the ma'am"!

Warmly.
Linda in AZ *

vintage at heart said...

LOve it!!

Rachael said...

That is too funny. You inspired us to make an upholstered ottoman too but we've since reupholstered it and lost the tufts too. If you want to see it's on www.retrorachael.blogspot.com

KatyO! said...

you did such a great job!! I love that crewel has come back in style in the past year or so, it's such a great fabric!

MRManja said...

Great job! Love the new fabric.

Spotted Dog said...

yeah i totally agree. the first one was almost like a trial run where you live w/ it for a while and ponder your next step.

the new version is really a gorgeous piece! i like the extra batting, the print really brings it to life, and the shorter legs give it better visual balance. thanks for the great idea.

bluehydrangea said...

It looks great and really stands out in the room! Can't wait to see the rest!

Morning T said...

Wow! I just went back and read your original ottoman post and I loved that one but this is gorgeous. Love the fabric, the extra fullness, and the shortened legs are perfect.

Nancy E. J. said...

It looks FABULOUS! It doesn't even look like the same table. That fabric is beautiful.

Babs Blog said...

This turned out so great! I really am in love with that fabric. Very nicely done!

Amy K said...

I love it. Really love it.

I do have one question (and not a criticism at all). Where do the kids color? Or do you have some other area for that? lol

L@JourneyChic said...

The fabric looks great and the ribbon trim is perfect!

Yansy said...

Loving this version much better. I'm loving the fabric as well. Who makes it? I can't wait to see the room completed.

Michelle said...

It looks great. Wow!

I have never reupholstered anything, but I am thinking about doing an ottoman. I don't really know what I'm doing, so I have very basic questions. Do you have to go with the upholstery fabrics? I was looking at some cotton sheets and really liked the pattern and wondered it was an option to use that fabric?

Invited In said...

Nice legs...he he...where did you get them?

paula said...

looks fabulous, love the fabric!

Christina said...

Man, oh man---it's gorgeous. The new height is just right too.

Wonderful!

Meg said...

I'm loving both of these projects. You make it look so simple and the results are so lovely that I think I'm off to check out craigslist!

Tracy @ comfortandluxury said...

Beautiful fabric! And I love this idea... hope to use it myself one day! Cutting the legs down just that little bit made a huge difference too... thanks for sharing.

twin2trip said...

Love it!

nkp said...

So lovely! Great print and colorway on the ottoman. And I have to say, I'm so impressed with your "just do it" attitude. I need to be less of a dreamer and act on more of my many ideas. Nice job!

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

Great colors and pattern! The lower profile is much better. Well done!

urbansardines said...

I was so impressed when you created this ottoman (I still want to replicate it) and now even MORE impressed with the redo! Great job!

Design Esquire said...

I LOVE the fabric, great job! And I love the new look of the blog. Its beautiful.

LindsB said...

I just LOVE that fabric- the ottoman looks amazing- what a great job!! I cant wait to see the rest of the room now :)

CWID said...

Jenny-
How in the world do you do it all! Where all your 2 kids while you are inspiring us all! Amazing-

Cote de Texas said...

it;s gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!

Amélie said...

I honestly liked the first version better, because now it looks like a seat more than anything else. A very low one at that. It's not unpretty, mind you, but I'm a sucker for tufting and so I would naturally stick with the first version. ;)

The corners are really, really clean and pretty now, though. You did a fantastic job on them. <3

Lindsay+Nathan said...

Where did you get that lovely fabric?

christa said...

What a great idea! I've been looking for an inexpensive way to recover a large ottoman with bold fabric. I've passed on several used ones because they were tufted, but now I can see those can be re-covered without the tufting. Love your work and your blog!

Cherish @ My Cup of Tea said...

OMG, stealing this ideA. I have to!!!!
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Anonymous said...

Love Love Love it! My son is just about to start crawling so I have been trying to come up with a way to "soften all corners"! Where oh where can I find that fabulous bright fabric?!

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Anonymous said...

I am making this tonight out of an end table that looks very similar to the old coffee table version, except it was forest green...so glad I found your blog!

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