Padding the Truth

Turning coffee tables into upholstered benches isn’t a new idea, but it’s still a great idea.  I’ve been meaning to do this myself, oh … for several years now and have still haven’t come across the perfect table.  But! I need to stop waiting for perfect.  Dara’s table didn’t look anything like the storage bench she really wanted, but that didn’t stop her.  She closed off the sides with laminate sheeting and unscrewed the table top to make a hinged lid!  Pretty AND smart.  Pretty smart.  See it on her blog Dara’s Designs.

And I totally would have passed this one by in the thrift store, perhaps even pointing and snorting at it and its smoked-glass and beveled-edged eighties-ness.  But Better After reader Jenn saw something more. She saw ottoman opportunity! She only spent $65 total, and made a believer out of her husband, who had probably been pointing and snorting at it too.  Oh, we of little faith.  Looks fantastic and oh-so-comfy now!

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  1. those are both excellent make overs!
    I too snort, but I’m converted.

  2. Wow… They look great compared to the befores!

  3. Love, love, love the ottoman!

  4. Thanks so much for the feature! It was a ton of fun to make!

  5. the smoked glass table conversion is especially amazing. wowzah!

  6. wow! such a great job!! The second one just incredible !!

    Hava a nice day 🙂

  7. I would be happy to receive both of those as a gift. Love.

  8. You have inspired me. I never thought of turning an old coffee table into a foot rest.

  9. Thank you so much Lindsey for featuring my ottoman! It looks fantastic in my living room and I just love its repurpose!!! thank you all for the kind comments! that was my first time doing that sort of thing…and the “tufting” of those buttons was super hard and stressful!

  10. I can’t seem to find the link to the second ottoman. Please let me know where I can get this.

    PS I LOVE your blog and look at every post religiously. Thanks for all your hard work! Maybe one day I’ll be show cased… or at least in my dreams 😉

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