Monday, November 19, 2012

Lack Tables to Upholstered Ottomans



This weekend we finished upholstering our old Ikea Lack tables into skirted upholstered ottomans.


As you can see, they were in rough shape. This was the first piece of furniture that I painted before I did some research. This is proof that using the right paint and good techniques are important! See this post and this post for some tips that I've picked up along the way.

Back to upholstering! I've wanted to do this project for a long time, since we moved the desk into the guest room. That spot in our bedroom has been begging for something! Once we built the credenza and moved the printers off of the lack tables, it was definitely time!

I found two of these shower curtains at TJ Maxx for $14.99 and thought that they would be perfect for the ottomans. At 72x72, $14.99 is a great price for 2 yards of fabric (at a larger width than normal too!)


Here's how we did it:


The table was placed on the foam, and cut out with a sharp knife. David's knife of choice is the filet knife since it is sharp and gives a straight cut. This is by far the easiest and most accurate way that we've found to cut foam.


The fabric was centered on the top so that the pattern was even, thick batting was placed underneath (you want the kind that you can't see straight through, so it isn't too stretchy). These were cut to size and stapled in place. We stapled in the center on all four sides first (pulling enough to round the corner, but not too hard because we still wanted it square), and then stapled the rest of the way to the corners, pulling down evenly as we went.

Here's how we did the corners:


the excess batting was cut off

fabric was folded back


and then folded down and stapled. 


Legs were wrapped in fabric (like a present :)


A simple cording was made out of the top part the shower curtain which was solid gray. I was able to get enough, but cutting the gray part in half (lengthwise) and then sewing together to get the 88" needed to go all the way around. The cording was stapled on the side of the table where we wanted the skirt to start (3.5" from top) 

Typically you want to cut fabric for cording on a diagonal, so that it bends easily around the corners. Since this fabric is a twill (weave that runs diagonally) and the corners weren't too extreme, it bent fine for us. 


We laid the fabric on the side (with a piece of cardboard underneath to hold it in place) lined up the pattern, marked the finished size by folding the fabric and pressing with an iron and then cutting out with 1" seam allowance. The raw edges were sewn and the panel was stapled just underneath the cording.


The panel was folded back down and pressed. We used the iron a lot in this project, it helps with accuracy and giving professional looking results. 


Finally, the corners were left looking like this.


So with a needle, I went up through the underside of one panel through the bottom of the cording and down through the inside of the other panel and made a loop.


Then I sewed down the panel for about 2-3 inches until the skirt wasn't gaping. I sewed on the inside, hiding my stitches, only going through the first layer of fabric.

and done! whew!



I think Annabelle is going to like looking out the window here ...




Each ottoman probably took around 3-4 hours. This would of been faster if we didn't line up the pattern (use a smaller print to avoid) but we felt with such a large pattern, it needed to line up. and I love the result!!

Total cost:

Shower curtains: $14.99 x2 = $30
Foam: $20 (camping pad at Home Depot, we only used about half) 

$50 total

We had a lot on hand, but if not Ikea lack tables are $7.99 ($5.99 for Black Friday I hear), I like the batting from here and the cording from here  

Also, this could easily be turned into a no sew project by using no sew adhesive. I like heat n' bond
I've found at Joann Fabrics and Wal Mart. Just make sure to test on a scrap piece of your fabric, since sometimes you can see through it once ironed.
 
 I love love love our new ottomans! I'm hoping to add a few more things to this wall (especially draperies) stay tuned! 

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28 comments:

  1. You are so talented! Amazing work! They look so expensive!

    -Sarah {tuckerup.blogspot.com}

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    1. Thanks Sarah :) at $25 each it was totally worth it!

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  2. Pretty - I love the idea and the finished product! Might do something like that too, the only problem is that foam here seems to be super expensive (I always wonder why)! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Foam can be very pricey! You may want to see if buyfoam.com will ship internationally. Their prices are pretty good, shipping is pricey though so you may want to order for a few projects at one time.

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  3. Sarah! Another homerun...you guys are such an amazing DIY couple! Love love...just wish I had more time to devote to such pretty projects! :)

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  4. Sarah, they look great! The pattern matching looks so professional. Beautiful accent for the room.

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    1. Thanks Jennifer! I love it too! Worth the extra time to line it up!

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  5. Thanks for sharing! I recently bought some lack tables for the to make ottomans for my mom. I've been wondering about what foam to purchase and how I can save money on it since foam tends to be expensive. Is the camping pad pretty firm? I have an old egg crate mattress topper (which is what I used for my headboard), but I'm thinking its too soft and will get crunched after having feet up on it over time.

    Thanks again!

    turnedtodesign.blogspot.com

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    1. Yes, actually the firmest foam that I've found! and you can't beat the price for 3" foam!

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    2. Awesome. Thanks for the tip! :)

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  6. Sarah you blew it out of the water with this one! They look so amazing, professional and expensive! I'm thinking two together to replace my current coffee table, thanks for the inspiration!

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  7. I love them! The way the pattern matches is so professional!
    You are so talented!

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  8. These look amazing! And surprisingly doable! I never thought to use those lack tables for this - awesome DIY!

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  9. You are a rockstar! These look phenomenal!!

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  10. AMAZING!! I love the cording effect you did using the solid grey part of the fabric. It really puts it together nicely. You make the upholstering sound so easy but if it took 3-4 hours, I'm sure it would be very challenging for me lol Thanks for the tutorial! Great job.

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    1. Thanks Judy! I hope I didn't make it sound too easy :) The hardest thing was making sure that the pattern lined up, since we didn't have extra fabric, we couldn't mess up any cuts!

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  11. sarah - i love this! how much fabric would you suggest if we were buying by the yard... it's not easy finding shower curtains as fab as yours!

    thanks
    kelli

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    1. Hi Kelli, I used almost all of two shower curtains (about 70x70) so probably about 2-3 yards per ottoman :)

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  12. wow.... u r so talented and clever! i love these ottomans so so so much. Gonna make it for my living room... thanks for sharing!

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  13. wow.... u r so talented and clever! i love these ottomans so so so much. Gonna make it for my living room... thanks for sharing!

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  14. This is absolutely amazing the ottomans came out beautiful. I went to Home Depot today to try and find the foam and they had no idea what I was talking about. Do you have have any suggestions foam is really really expensive lol...

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    1. Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon is also a great option. I don't have one close to me now, but I have purchased foam there before and remember that it was pretty cheap!

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    1. We didn't cut the legs down, so the overall height ended up ~20". Best for a side ottoman, not coffee table.

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  16. Oh. My. Goodness... I started looking up Rast hacks on Google, ended up here over an hour and half ago and CAN'T STOP LOOKING!! You have absolutely AMAZING ideas, design style, DIYs... I mean, your blog is awesome. Thank you for sharing!

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  17. Amazing amazing amazing! You are genius!

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