Monday, September 17, 2012

Coffee Table to Upholstered Ottoman

There is an auction house near where I live that I visit a little too frequently. Even when I say I won't go this weekend I somehow find my way there and get myself into a whole lot of furniture trouble. A few weeks ago there was a coffee table with funky legs going for $5. How could I resist? And a little while later, that $5 coffee table became this...

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I knew right away it would make a great ottoman. Apart from those funky legs it was solid and sturdy - exactly what I was looking for. I should mention that another DIY'er had attached a homemade chess board on top (each to their own ;) which was easily removed to make this seriously funky piece of furniture!

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I had an initial vision in my mind but I'll be honest - it wasn't working. I'd planned on something striped, but as I draped the fabric over my foam / wading top I knew it wouldn't work. Thank goodness I'd picked up this crazy print at Ikea. I know it's some kind of artistic take on a floral, but I see a peacock in there... what about you?

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So with bright blue legs and a crazy black and white pattern, this is absolutely a statement piece for someone's lounge room / living room. But I think it would also work as a window seat or dressing seat (if one were to be lucky enough to have a dressing room!). Or how about extra seating in a play room?

Another project off the to do list, and something I'm taking along to Avoca Markets!

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  1. Yep love it!! My fave Ikea fabric - pretty sure it's a peacock;)

  2. What a fabulous eye catching transformation Catherine. At least you get the restoration jobs done.... Mine sit around for months waiting for the TLC!!!

  3. I like the fabric and blue legs together. I have plans to turn a table into an ottoman one day.

  4. how did i miss this one??? i love it! i love that fabric- it's amazing!

  5. Oooo! Love this! Fantastic job and that fabric is terrific! I've been wanting to do the same thing with our coffee table, but I'm too chicken. LOL! Newest follower. :)

  6. Hi, I found you through Pip Lincolne's link-up. Love the fabric- I can definitely see peacock. Look forward to having a nosey through your blog!

  7. Hi Catherine, wow someone else from the coast. I oftened wondered if there was anyone blogging from up here. I love the ottoman, which auction house do you go to? I am heading on down to the Avoca markets so I will pop by and say Hi.


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