Thrifted Table DIY Ottoman

By: Morena Hockley from
Thrifted Table DIY Ottoman
Thrifted Table DIY Ottoman
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Transform an old table from the thrift store into a chic soft zebra print ottoman with this DIY home decor project. Craft a Thrifted Table DIY Ottoman to add a pop of color to your living room or bedroom. The fun printed pattern is sure to make this upcycled ottoman a conversation piece. The cushioned foam will make this piece soft enough to sit comfortably on, but sturdy enough to set things on it as well. If you are looking for unique home decorating ideas, follow this tutorial, learn how to make an ottoman, and create a marvelous piece of upcycled furniture.

Estimated Cost$11-$20

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Primary TechniqueRepurposing


Materials List

  • Evergreen Batting
  • Foamology Cushion Foam
  • Thrifted Table
  • Shannon Cuddle Fabric Zebra Print
  • Cherry Red Spray Paint
  • Glitter Paint


Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Spray paint the table Cherry Red. Paint over that with multiple applications of glitter paint to achieve the desired finish.

  2. Glue the cushion foam to the top of the table.

  3. Place the batting over the foam and stretch it under the table. Use a staple gun to attach the batting to the table.

  4. Lay the cuddle fabric on a flat surface and place the table upside down on top of it. Staple the sides of the fabric to the table first. To keep the fabric from bunching, just put one staple on each side. Check to make sure the fabric is still centered and taut, then staple each side of fabric to the table. For the corners, first pull the corner of the fabric to the table and staple it. Then fold the right side of the fabric down and staple it. Repeat with the left. The nice thing with using Cuddle Fabric is it is forgiving and doesn’t show the folded edges as much as other fabrics.

  5. Trim off the excess fabric. If the edges are hidden under the table, you are done. If the edges are showing, you can hide them by stapling trim over the edge.

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This ottoman is really funky and right up my alley. I really go for the unique and this piece would fit right into my craft space. Bold colors and patterns really keep the creative juices flowing and this piece is amazing.

I recently purchased a set of stacking ottomans for the family room (never enough seating during our family game night). I wish I had seen this idea first. This looks high end and ready for the formal sitting room. Perhaps a pattern a little more reserved can lend itself to be a display show piece for sure.

The color combo on this ottoman is super! Love it! I did this with chairs and actually made corded trim using scraps cut on the bias, then sewn over a cord. I stapled it along with the fabric over the cushion. Lots more work than this though, and this came out great! Love making thrift shop finds into something custom and pretty. Great instructions too!

I love ottomans but they can be a difficult purchase separate from a chair, so I love that I can make one to my specifications.


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