Hello everybody. I am soooo excited to share this project with you! I spent the last two days turning this:
This project was so simple, seriously, anyone can do it. I have never upholstered anything in my life, so I kinda just learned as I went.
I salvaged the coffee table about ten years ago from someone who was throwing it out. I liked it at first, but then I decided it wasn’t really my style. It has sat in my garage ever since. This past weekend my family and I spent the weekend with my in-laws and my fabulous mother-in-law gave me the zebra fabric. She had it left over from another project and thought that I would like it. Immediately I knew I needed to make the tufted ottoman that I had been dreaming up in my head for years.
I got all of my supplies from Wal-Mart. After doing a little research, I discovered that foam is extremely expensive. I started wracking my brain about things I could use instead of upholstery foam. I decided on this:
A full size foam mattress topper that is 1.5″ thick and high loft batting also in full size. I figured I could double up both to cover the coffee table. That would give me 3″ of foam, and two pretty thick layers of batting. The foam topper was $29.97, which was a steal, considering 1″ thick foam was close to $60.00 a yard at Joann fabric. The batting was $7.97. I also picked up three packages of button cover kits, at $1.67 each, upholstery thread, and a large upholstery needle.
Since I was doing tufting, I needed to cover the buttons in matching fabric. It’s really simple to do. Here are my covered buttons
The first thing I did was spray paint the bottom and the legs of the ottoman black. I always do a first coat with $.99 cent spray paint, followed by a top coat of higher quality paint. I used some that I had left over from another project.
At this point I got so excited that I forgot to take pictures, so the next few steps I’ll just have to explain. I measured and marked where I wanted my tufts, then drilled holes from the top down with a 3/8 drill bit. Next I cut my foam to fit the top of the table.
I took a bamboo skewer thing and poked it through each hole from the bottom and marked the foam where the holes were. Next is a super important step if you want deep tufting. You have to cut out a circle in the foam where each hole is so that the button will settle down lower. Does that make sense?
I only did this on the top layer of foam. Next I covered it with two layers of batting, leaving enough to hang on each side.
The next step was the tufting. I poked the needle up through the hole from the bottom until it went through all of the layers. Then, I threaded on the button and went back down the hole and pulled it tight. The tighter you pull it, the tighter the tuft will be. While you are holding it tight, staple the thread with a staple gun. Do a switchback, and staple again. You should do about five switchbacks, then pound in all of your staples with a hammer. This is what the under side looked like when I was done
I cut the thread too short on some of my tufts, so I wasn’t able to do five switchbacks. It still felt pretty secure with the staples, so I didn’t go back and do them again. At this point my fingers were pretty sore, and I just wanted to be done! When I was all done tufting I stapled the batting and the fabric tight around the edges, cutting and tucking as I went to have a nice edge. Here is the finished product
I LOVE IT!!! It turned out even better than I expected, and it was sooo easy! Here are a few more photos:
So what do ya think? Pretty good for a project that cost around $40.00! Thanks for coming by!