On a recent visit to World Market to pick up a piece of furniture, the manager directed to me to the lower level of their pick up location behind the store. While waiting for her to meet me there through the warehouse, I noticed some treasures sticking out of their dumpster area. Piles of clean wood, display shelves, and pallets. Plus a few little already made coffee-like tables like you see here.
I asked the manager if I could dive through it all for treasures and she was more than thrilled I asked! I didn’t grab much because I was already picking up a large table and there wasn’t much room left in my car. I went home with one large piece of wood that I plan on making a sign from and one of the table like structures.
I had a vision of this table becoming an amazing ottoman with beautiful tufting like many of the other custom upholstered pieces of furniture I’ve made-OH WAIT! I’ve never upholstered anything in my life. I’m not exactly a DIY girl and I also don’t like reading instructions so the combination often works against me!
I remembered a friend on instagram, Katie, who had created a beautiful coffee table for her home with a tufted ottoman on top and quickly jumped onto her blogto check it out! After reading her tips, I drove on over to the fabric store and collected my things:
- Foam padding
- batting (enough for 2 layers)
- thick fabric for upholstery
- strong double-sided tape
- covered buttons (not shown)
Things I already had that I needed for this project:
- staple gun and staples
- screws with wide heads
- power drill
- husband with a can-do attitude
I don’t have any photos to share with you of the “process”. Those would have included lots of blood, sweat, and tears. Also, many looks from my husband that portrayed feelings of confusion and puzzlement as he asked questions like, “what is tufting?” and “why are we doing this?”. Men don’t understand!
Well, the final piece didn’t come out perfect by ANY means but I think I learned a few valuable lessons for making another one in the future. I still need to return to the fabric store with my leftover fabric and cover the buttons. Not every project is going to turn out amazing, but I’m satisfied with it for now. I’m sure once one of the kids spills their grape juice all over it, I will be ready to tackle the tufting again and re-upholster! Until then….