Monday 24 September 2018

From Trash to Treasure

This ugly coffee table has been waiting for a make over for over 2 years.

Its previous owner tried to 'fix it', which only made it worse.

The glass was all scratched up and the middle shelf was damaged so I took those off. My initial plan was to cover the top with all kind of found boat wood and driftwood to create a surface like a sold coffee table I made. And then adding driftwood branches to fill up those gaps in the legs and to strengthen it but it never really clicked so the table kind of hung around for all this time.

And then I decided to just make an ottoman of it and forget about its original purpose.
I cut off the legs to get rid of the ugly gaps and nails and to shorten it as foam will make it higher again.

I also cut of the sides to make it ready for upholstering.

I wanted to sand the feet as they were actually beautiful wood under that ugly brown but they were so badly painted that I just couldn't get it all off and had to paint them. So I want for something a bit crazy to make it different.

With fabric under and plywood on top, then foam, batting and a beige fabric it was ready for its pretty Kilim I found among our Kilim stash.

Tadaaaa! I used a foam thickness that would make the Kilim the exact correct size, without any cutting beside the corners.

So happy that I went with my instincts and made an Ottoman out of it.

It is very long 42'' (106 cm) so perfect for in front of the couch, or at the foot end of your bed or in the hallway to take off your shoes :)

I used brass bead caps and nails for a prettier finishing touch.

This Ottoman / Bench is available at StarHomeStudio among other one of a kind furniture pieces.


  1. it looks really cool! I love what you did with the legs, so fun!

  2. That one was pretty hideous to start with...I can't recognized it once finished :) It's beautiful!

  3. Such a difference... I'd never recognize that sleek beauty as the original battered table. And you must have quite a kilim collection! So many wonderful pieces you pull out!