How To Create Ottomans from Flea Market Find Tables

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A couple of months ago I got to go to the flea market in Fort Dodge, Iowa.  It was a blast and I found several great items.  Among my flea market finds were some small, square tables.  I wasn’t sure what I would do with them until I was in a furniture store and saw some really nice ottomans.   The tables were just the right height and size to create ottomans of my own.

This post is my entry for the July Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest and the theme this month is Farmhouse Fun.

The sponsor for July is The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co.  This is the same company that chose me as one of their brand bloggers.  So I am happy that I got to use their paint for this contest too.  How great is that?

 

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The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co provided me and the other contestants with the paint and/or other products for my ottomans and they will be providing the prize package for this contest.  You can see my full disclosure here.

 

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How To Create Ottomans From Flea Market Find Tables

Supplies Needed For Creating Ottomans

 

I am really trying to brighten things up in our living room.  I started with painting the walls a few months ago then I replaced our dark wood TV stand with this made over dresser that we love!  It holds all of our DVD’s too.

Now I can get rid of the large, dark ottoman.  I searched high and low for our currant ottoman when I purchased it.  I loved it.  It has been great for many, many years but it is now time for something brighter and something that doesn’t make the room seem so small.

This is how the tables looked when I purchased them.  I bought 4 tables. These two plus two others for $30.

 

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Getting Started

Step 1

I started by removing the table tops.  I knew these would be covered with the foam and the fabric so I did not waste any paint on them.

Then I gave the legs a white primer coat using a spray paint/primers. I always do this now.  It seems to be a huge time saver and paint save and then I don’t have to apply many, many coats of the good paint.  You just never know when the stain will bleed through and most of the time it does.  The primer helps a lot with that.

Then I mixed up my Snow White Old Fashioned Milk Paint and some of the Extra-Bond for my paint sprayer.  This paint is the original true milk paint.  Milk paint has been around for centuries but this recipe was created in the 70’s by Charles Thibeau.  The best thing about this paint is that it is created with all natural ingredients.  That means it will not harm the environment and in this day and age this is really important.

I used two coats from the sprayer and they were looking so good.

 

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Step 2

The next step was to add some green to the mix.  I wanted them to perfectly match my TV stand so I used the same paint that I used on it.

I only painted it on the panels on the sides and the little grooves on the legs.  Just a little accent.  The Snow White was the star of the show!

 

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I used my black ink pad to add my distressing instead of sanding because I like the look and it was what I used on the tv stand.

Then I added the Safecoat Acriglaze.  This is a safe protective coating in a matte finish.

Step 3

Creating The Cushion Tops

Then I got to work on the cushions.

I wanted something really comfy and durable.  Not only do we put our feet on them but the cats love to be on the ottomans too.  I decided to look for fabric that is designed for outdoor use.  I thought this may hold up better in general and if something was spilled on them.  Fingers crossed!

I found this stripe fabric that I liked a lot.  It is the colors that I have throughout my lower level and it was something I thought Jeff would like as well.

I knew I didn’t want to place one large piece over the top of foam so I came up with a design.

 

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I varied the design slightly from the photo above but you get the idea.

The foam pieces I purchased were 22″ x 22″. and they are 4″ thick.  The tops of the tables were 20″ x 20″ so I cut two inches off each side of the foam.  For the fabric I measured the foam piece, the depth of the foam (4 inches), enough to wrap around the wood table and underneath (another 4 inches) and 1/2 inch seam allowances.  I rounded up to 30″ squares just to be safe.

I used my sewing machine to stitch the panels together then added some top stitching next to the seam.  The gave it some detail and helped to keep the seams flat underneath.

This picture shows the very center of the fabric top.  You can see the stitching on the green stripe.  It is harder to see on the tan stripe but it is there.

 

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Step 4

I was really happy with the way they came out.  Then Jeff helped my attach them with the foam onto the tables.  We used a staple gun and then I carefully created the corners.  Some came out great and others were not as nice.  This was my second upholstery project.  My first one was this awesome bench that I still love!

Here is the back of the table top after we got it done and I trimmed the excess fabric.

 

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Then the tops we re-attached to the legs of the tables and they were done.  I think they came out really nice and they are definitely comfortable.  What do you think?

 

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If you like it…be sure to pin it!

 

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You can see more furniture makeovers in my gallery.  Check it out.

You can see all of the entries for the Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest as they come in by visiting

Evey’s Creations 

or

Anastasia Vintage

This contest is a lot of fun and if you are a blogger/furniture flipper you can join in as well.  Just email to info@fabfurnitureflippincontest.com for more information.

These gals are the hosts and they are super nice and very helpful!

 

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I will let you know when the voting begins so you can go in and vote for your favorite!  There are always so many awesome makeovers.  Everyone is so talented.  I am happy to be involved!

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Michelle

36 Comments

  1. Carolann

    Wow Michelle, what an amazing transformation! You are so talented! I love the colors too. And the pair of them looks stunning in your living room. Great work once again!

    20 . 07 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thank you Carolann. I love the way they turned out. I just need to add a drop cloth slipcover to the couch and this living room will, hopefully, be much lighter than it was. I am getting there. Thanks for stopping by!!

      20 . 07 . 2016
  2. Susie from The Chelsea Project

    Beautiful job. I love the way you sewed the fabric. I just Stumbled the post and will pin, too. Congrats on a great project.

    21 . 07 . 2016
    • Michelle

      OOOh. Thanks so much for the stumbles and pins. That makes me happy! I wanted some sort of pattern instead of just placing the fabric on the top. It was a little more work but definitely worth it! Thanks Qs!

      21 . 07 . 2016
  3. Nancy

    The ottomans turned out so cute! What a great idea! And I love how they match your TV stand. Another great project by Michelle!

    21 . 07 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thank you Nancy! You are too kind. They did turn out pretty cute and they are comfy on my feet! Plus they are a lot more portable than our previous ottoman. Such an improvement. Thanks for stopping by!

      22 . 07 . 2016
  4. michelle james

    I just love these! The fabric is awesome. Great update!

    22 . 07 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thank you Michelle! We are loving them as well. They are more comfy than our last ottoman!

      24 . 07 . 2016
  5. Cathie

    These look wonderful. I have to ask, is that a white cat sitting in the chair in that one pic?

    24 . 07 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thanks. Haha! Yes. That is our fat cat, Chloe. She loves to steal that chair from my hubby! LOL!

      24 . 07 . 2016
  6. Brenda Young

    Great flip Michelle, love the opposing print upholstery job! Nice work girl.

    24 . 07 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thank you Brenda! I wanted some sort of a pattern and I really like the way they turned out! I appreciate the comment. Thanks so much.

      24 . 07 . 2016
  7. Sam @ Raggedy Bits

    What a fabulous project! Super cool repurpose of 2 coffee tables and love the fabric you used too!! Thank you so much for sharing your awesome project over at Waste Not Wednesday! 🙂

    24 . 07 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thanks so much! We are excited about these and how much better they look in the room than the old one. And they are super comfy and we can move them around if we want. Thanks for stopping by!

      26 . 07 . 2016
  8. Arod

    I so love this amazing transformation. What an awesome way to repurpose those tables. Love the pattern you created.

    25 . 07 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thank you Anj! I really liked the pattern too. It created some nice interest. Thanks for stopping by!

      26 . 07 . 2016
  9. Toni | Small Home Soul

    I love how the green in your new ottomans matches the green on your TV console. These turned out so cute! Thanks for linking them to our Waste Not Wednesday link party!

    26 . 07 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thank you Toni! I love your party! I am really happy with they way these turned out too. They are comfy, comfy on my feet! Thanks for stopping by.

      26 . 07 . 2016
  10. Sue Purdy

    Wonderful job!!! I love how these turned out. They are so stylish and fun.

    26 . 07 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thank you Sue! I had fun making them and we love, love, love them. And…so do the cats..unfortunately. LOL! Thanks for stopping by.

      26 . 07 . 2016
  11. Sue

    I am so inspired by this Michelle, honestly the ottomans are fantastic. I think they’d be a fortune to buy at Pottery Barn and best of all they match the entertainment center beautifully. I need your advice on our bow window.

    09 . 08 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Wow! I am flattered. Thank you Sue. I do love the ottomans. They are really comfy!

      10 . 08 . 2016
  12. Jean Kramer

    Great looking ottomans. The fabric colors are beautiful and the design very eye catching. Love it!

    29 . 08 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thanks Jean! They are so comfy. I have my feet on one right now. LOL!

      29 . 08 . 2016
  13. Susie Bentz

    What a transformation! So pretty!

    29 . 08 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thank you Susie! We love them.

      29 . 08 . 2016
  14. Mary Taylor

    I love these! Did you have to cut the legs shorter to be footstool height? Thanks for sharing! I love all that you’ve done!!

    07 . 01 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thank you Mary. I did not have to cut the legs down at all! They were the perfect height already. We use these daily and our feet and legs are all over them. They have held up well so far! Thanks for stopping over.

      10 . 01 . 2017
  15. mariann

    Lovely…..I have a question, what did you attach the foam to and how did you attached the fabric/foam piece to the table top? From the picture, I can’t figure out how the foam piece is attached.

    Thanks

    03 . 05 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Hi Mariann! I did not attach the foam pieces to the table at all. I just wrapped the fabric around the foam then used the electric stapler to attach to the table top. Then the table top got reattached to the legs. Does that makes sense? I hope I answered your question.

      03 . 05 . 2017
  16. Debrashoppeno5

    This is a fabulous redo from start to finish.

    03 . 06 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thank you Debra! I appreciate that.

      03 . 06 . 2017
  17. Nette

    Very attractive and clever. What was the method of reattaching the table tops?

    03 . 06 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Hi Nette. After we finished attaching the foam and the fabric we just screwed the tops back on as they were before. I hope this answers your question. I am glad you like them!

      03 . 06 . 2017
  18. Altha causa

    Many years ago i had two little tables like tHat. TheY were called chow tables. They are used in place of one coffee table. You can use them together or spaced a few inches apaRt. They are now in my granddaughters hair salon in palmer, Alaska and are antiqued white.

    03 . 06 . 2017
    • Michelle

      I love that they are still being used and I bet the antiqued white is beautiful! Thanks so much for stopping by.

      03 . 06 . 2017

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