Sunday, May 19, 2013

A Table with Potential

Laminate coffee table

I found this coffee table at the thrift store this week and loved the lines of it, but wasn't impressed with the laminate top. The thrift store was have a 50% off cash and carry furniture sale, so I decided to spend the $15 and try to work some magic.
I had a coupon for 50% off at Joanns fabric, and even though they don't carry the highest grade foam, I was able to get 56'' of 24'' wide, 2'' foam for $25. I also purchased a nice think batting that was already on sale, so about $5 went into that.
Little helper
Also on the materials list was this nice gray wool army blanket that was thrifted from savers, for $5. This is the only picture I snapped of the blanket before it was put into use. This also explains why I have a hard time getting any projects done lately. There is always someone wanting to "help", and believe it or not, it always makes the project harder.
When using vintage material for a project it is always important to thoroughly examine the fabric. Wool army blanket are great for re purposing, but make sure there are no moth holes. The blanket I found was in amazing shape, no holes, no stains.
It was pretty easy after that. I just detached the laminate top, cut the foam to size using an electric knife, wrapped the foam with my batting and used a staple gun to attach. I then cut the wool blanket to size and then placed it on the foam and batting upside down, pinned the corners and the used my sewing machine to sew the corners that I had pinned.
Once the sewing was done, I flipped it right side out, stretched it back over the foam and stapled it in place.
There you go. A table with potential. In all this project cost about $55 to complete, and that is including the cost of the table. It was a easy project, that anyone could complete. It gave new life to this piece of furniture that had an undesirable laminate top, but beautiful Pearsall-esque walnut legs.

23 comments:

  1. That turned into an absolutely beautiful bench. You did such a good job! Congratulations on having such a good eye for potential, because an ugly laminate top coffee table is now a show stopper. It looks like a million bucks!

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    1. Thank you Dana! You are always so sweet and positive. I'm so glad you stop by my blog.

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  2. Well done! Great recycling and creative skills turned into a beautiful new piece!

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  3. This is such a great idea! I would love something like this by my front door. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Now you can be on the lookout for a laminate coffee table that would have been otherwise over looked!

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  4. What a fantastic bench! What great handiwork, it looks great!

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  5. Looks great! That grey wool makes wonderful upholstery material.

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    1. Thanks! I would upholster everything in gray wool if I had my way!

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  6. I really love the legs on your table/bench. And the tree next to it is pretty aweseome as well . . . Good work as usual! Cheers- CT

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    1. Thanks! The legs are what inspired the project. The plant was a gift from my mom after I told her I had been seeing fiddle leaf figs all over, and loved them.

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  7. Absolutely love this bench!! What a great job you did :)

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  8. did you need to put a weight-bearing board in before putting the foam onto the legs?

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    1. Yes, there deffinately needs to be a weight bearing board so the foam doesn't sag, I just used the laminent top. I cut the foam to fit the original top and then used batting to cover the foam and keep it in place. The stapled the batting around the foam to the underneath side of the laminate top.

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  9. Hey. Saw this on Apartment Therapy and knew that I recognized that bench. Hope all is well!

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    1. Hey Nick! I didn't know it was on apartmenttherapy, I'll have to check it out! Thanks for the heads up!

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    2. http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/doable-diy-upholstered-table-190234

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  10. Wow! Love the project & love the legs even more! Amazing find!

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  11. Thanks so much Lieke, yes the legs of the bench are deffinately the show stopper!

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  12. As always, your eye and craftiness never ceases to amaze me! I love this piece so much! It is no wonder that everyone is loving the cool things you're bringing to our Collective!

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