Rescued Coffee Table Becomes a Gorgeous Tufted Ottoman

Sara from Thrifty Treasures loves tufted ottomans.  She was thrilled when she saw another blogger use an old coffee table to make one, because Sara realized she already had just the right table for an ottoman transformation downstairs in her own basement.

Thrifty Treasures tufted ottoman before

This table was a roadside find, and had been waiting for inspiration to strike Sara.   It had probably once had a glass top, but that was gone, so she used old shelves bracketed together to make a sturdy tabletop that could double as a bench seat.  Next, Sara brushed the base of the table with a graywash of chalk paint.  She topped the new bench seat with three old foam egg crate mattress toppers that she’d been saving, and covered the foam with a canvas dropcloth.  It took a few tries to get it right, but Sara was able to tuft the foam top.  Doesn’t it make a beautiful ottoman?

Thrifty Treasures tufted ottoman after

Visit Thrifty Treasures to learn more about DIYing a tufted ottoman from a coffee table.

Reupholstered Slipper Chairs

Mary Anne of Purposely Reinvented came across these armless chairs on Craigslist.  No surprise that they were in the free section!

Purposely Reinvented chair before

Luckily Mary Anne saw their potential.  She salvaged as much of the old fabric as she could, to use as a pattern for the new upholstery.  She chose canvas drop cloths as the makeover fabric.  Once covered in new fabric, the chairs looked completely different!  They’ve got an incredible shape that was once hidden behind an ugly facade–now they are starting life again wearing gorgeous new clothes!

Purposely Reinvented chair after

Mary Anne has lots of upholstery tips that you can read at Purposely Reinvented.

Dropcloth Holiday Swag

Over at her blog, Reposhture, Kim tell us, “I have recently refurbished a chair I found on the trash and had some left-over dropcloth material laying around. I wanted to make a new wreath for my front entrance but I don’t make traditional wreaths too much.”

Reposhture dropcloth before

Kim had an ah-ha moment when she realized that she could craft flowers from the dropcloth fabric.  She made several different kinds, all from the same scraps, and grouped them together to form a swag.  I love the monochromatic look of this swag–it’s perfect for some subtle winter decor.

Reposhture dropcloth after

You can read more about how Kim made this swag at Reposhture.

Dropcloth Coasters

At Frugal Ain’t Cheap, Daniela says she has a lot of canvas dropcloth sitting around in her house.  Dropcloth is great for protecting surfaces while you’re painting, but there’s no need to throw it out when the paint project is complete.  Daniela used some of her dropcloth to make these coasters.

Daniela has some great information for how to make your dropcloth more supple and absorbent than it is straight from the package–which will really help if you are using it for coasters like these, instead of paint protection.  The number stamp Daniela used to give these a little more personality is really cute, and gives me a lot of ideas for other ways to personalize these.  This would make a great gift idea, don’t you think?

Learn more about how to make these coasters at Frugal Ain’t Cheap.

Refurbished Cane Chairs

Jennifer, who blogs at City Farmhouse, was out on her morning jog when she spotted these cane chairs in a curbside garbage pile.    She’d been eyeing similar chairs online and at Home Goods, so she was thrilled to rescue them from the trash.  She took them home for a makeover.

Two cans of spray paint, a corner of a canvas dropcloth, and some stencils were all it took to give these chairs a brand new look.  I really, really like the blue stripe along with the stenciled numbers on the cushions.  It’s a simple–but unexpected–variation on a popular trend.

Stop by City Farmhouse to find out all about how Jennifer made these two old chairs look so fresh and fun.