Tuft as nails. (Or staples).

Tuft as nails. (Or staples).
How many times have you seen these asian-style coffee tables on Craigslist or at Goodwill? Like, all the time. I tripped over four of them the last time I was at Goodwill. Not really, my Goodwill stinks. (Literally and figuratively).
But they ARE easy to be found, and easy to turn into a tufted ottoman! No, really! I didn’t think tufts were easy either; I thought there were giant needles and big muscles involved, but Sammy’s tutorial on her blog Renew Redo shows us that’s not the case. She just used a staple gun and hot-glue! I’m trying it. Next time I run into one of these.

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  1. October 29, 2012 / 10:04 PM

    Fabulous before and after!
    Who’d have thought? ( well I in particular can’t think anymore anyway because of my paint saturated brain )
    I would have walked right by that piece.

  2. October 29, 2012 / 10:26 PM

    I see these tables every time I “thrift” and I always think that there’s nothing that can be done with them … they’ll always look outdated. Bravo ReNew ReDo!

  3. October 29, 2012 / 10:35 PM

    Love this! Sammy’s makeovers are always so gorgeous 🙂

  4. October 30, 2012 / 12:35 AM

    What’s the deal? My GW stinks literally and figuratively too. And we have another resale shop (for charity) in the area that thinks they are Nordstroms – the prices are a joke. I’m not cheap and I believe in supporting a charity – but $14 for a dented, out-of-style lampshade? $275 for a sofa table that has had a rough life? $475 for a set of china that most of the pieces are chipped? Where are these resale shops that you feature??? Please share!!

  5. October 30, 2012 / 4:21 AM

    GORGEOUS outcome! But I have sincere reservations about THAT method of tufting ‘enduring normal usage’. Hot glue will dry out and crack ans the buttons will pop right off eventually.

    REAL tufting (ie drilling holes and individually hand sewing on each button) is VERY labor intensive; so this is a great ‘short cut’. But don’t expect a short cut to last the way the REAL thing might.

  6. October 30, 2012 / 12:57 PM

    Lovely redo! The room it’s featured in is gorgeous, too!

    I stopped by a Goodwill the other day and thought the exact same thing. It was like the donated items had been kept in a basement for years and years.

  7. October 30, 2012 / 1:31 PM

    I’ve been planning on doing the same thing with a table like that. I usually see them at our habitat restore. Our goodwill and salvation army have nothing but broken junk. The restore is usually pretty good. I wouldn’t tuft that way either for longterm or heavy use. I did it that way for a headboard and some buttons did eventually come off. It is okay for a headboard but I wouldn’t for something people sit or put their feet on.

  8. stephbo93
    October 31, 2012 / 4:15 AM

    My hairdresser always calls thrift shoppping “stinky store shopping” because of the smell of the stuff they use to disinfect everything. LOL!

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