DIY Coffee Table to Ottoman

DIY Coffee Table to Ottoman

Hello, my lovelies! Today, I have a project to share with you that I am super duper proud of. This was actually pretty easy and it turned out so great. Talk about maximum yield. Anyone could do this project.


I was starting to feel like I had DIYed everything that I could DIY in my house. I looked around and thought, everything is looking pretty good… what next? I was really hung up on BIG projects. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this to you guys but my husband and my best friend can definitely attest (I only talk about it all the time) that I really really want a new kitchen. I’ve been to Ikea pricing it out and I’ve considered just getting new doors and I’ve considered buying a used kitchen on Kijiji (of course I have). Whatever we end up doing it’s going to be a BIG project. We were set to do the kitchen nowish but then Cana got sick and our kitchen fund went into vet bills so now I’m supposed to be patient… Patient!?! I’m not good at being patient.


Anyways, the point is that I have been really hung up on the BIG projects and I’ve been missing opportunities for small projects, like this ottoman. So, I put my big girl pants on, came to terms with the fact that, barring a miracle, the kitchen will just have to wait until next year, and took a look around to see what I could do. Transform my coffee table into an ottoman? Yes, please!


What you need:

  • A coffe table
  • Chalk paint (I used Country Chic Chalk Paint in Harmony)
  • Paint brush
  • Foam (I used 2 inch foam) and fabric (make sure to measure and get a little more than you think you’ll need)
  • Staple gun and lots of staples
Bowie’s my assistant.


How to do it: 

  1. Paint the base of your coffee table. I turned my table upside down so that I would be able to get into all the nooks and crannies. If you do this, you just have to make sure that all the places you will see when it’s flipped back over. Depending on coverage you might want to wait a couple hours and do a second coat (I did).
  2. Lay your painted coffee table on the foam, pull the foam tight over the lip of the coffee table and staple it down.
  3. Lay the coffee table (now with the foam attached) on top of the fabric. If it’s a geometric pattern, make sure that it is straight and then pull the fabric tight over the edge of the lip on the table and staple down. Make sure that the staples are all close together so that the edge is smooth and not lumpy.


And that’s all there is to it! I told you that you could do it! This is an easy one.


4 thoughts on “DIY Coffee Table to Ottoman

  1. Wow, looks amazing! I second CPD’s comment – beautiful home!

    I did something similar to one of the things in my lounge when we moved into the house, and I think it turned out pretty good.


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