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Turn an outdated thrift store coffee table into a modern upholstered ottoman!
We had been wanting a square storage ottoman for our living room for ages, but we weren't willing to shell out $300+ bucks. As soon as I saw this big square coffee table, I knew it had potential. The random drawer sent me over the edge and I convinced Reid to go back to the store with me and we bought it! It was $39 which is more than I would normally spend for a thrift store purchase, but the size was right, the drawer was a rare find and it is really solid wood in perfect condition. With some clearance upholstery fabric and a little elbow grease, we were able to transform it into the ottoman of our dreams!

Posted by megan.kapple.3 from Kansas City, Missouri, United States • Published See megan.kapple.3's 7 projects »
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  • How to make a stool. Ugly Coffee Table Turned Ottoman - Step 1
    Step 1

    First, we had to take the whole thing apart. The top was a heavy piece of solid wood.

  • How to make a stool. Ugly Coffee Table Turned Ottoman - Step 2
    Step 2

    The next step was drilling holes for the covered buttons.

  • How to make a stool. Ugly Coffee Table Turned Ottoman - Step 3
    Step 3

    Next, I used spray adhesive and glued 2 inch foam around the entire thing.

  • How to make a stool. Ugly Coffee Table Turned Ottoman - Step 4
    Step 4

    After the foam, we added a layer of batting. We stapled this on using a staple gun.

  • How to make a stool. Ugly Coffee Table Turned Ottoman - Step 5
    Step 5

    After carefully stretching and stapling the fabric on, it was time to add the covered buttons. We were able to easily guide a long needle through the holes that we had drilled earlier.

  • How to make a stool. Ugly Coffee Table Turned Ottoman - Step 6
    Step 6

    We made sure to staple the thread from the buttons on the back so that everything was really secure.

  • How to make a stool. Ugly Coffee Table Turned Ottoman - Step 7
    Step 7

    And it was complete! It has held up great and we love that it provides extra storage for games.

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