Why would such a simple upholstered coffee table bench take over a year to complete? I’ll tell you. I bought this u fix it topless coffee table in March 2016! It was a steal at Vendors’ Village for only $3.99. Of course I had no idea what I was going to do with the topless coffee table, but I knew it was worth four bucks!
Unwanted broken coffee table
I’m guessing the coffee table must have had glass inserts at one time. After I got it home I thought maybe I could use some reclaimed wood to replace the inserts that were missing.
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Make any necessary repairs
The date on this image is from May 2016. I used Gorilla Wood Glue and a Rockler silicone glue brush to aid in getting the glue into the tight spaces. As usual, I clamped the table using scrap wood to prevent the clamp from making an indentation.
Easy painting with a paint sprayer
After all the repairs I painted the coffee table with my Homeright Finish Max.
Finding the right option for the table top
I attempted to use stained pallet boards as the inserts. It worked pretty well in these two spaces, but not so much in the last space. I scrapped the idea and the table sat waiting in the garage for over a year.
Fast forward to June 2017. I dug out the table, and found a piece of cheap plywood that I buy in small sheets to use as a top. You can see I paid $3.88 for the plywood. This will aid in it becoming the perfect coffee table bench.
Because my table saw was not easily accessible, I used my large compound miter saw to trim the board to size. NOTE: I clamped the board down tight so that it wouldn’t budge.
Adding plywood as new coffee table top to make a bench
After the simple cut, the top fit perfectly for the vintage coffee table bench.
How to cut foam without an electric knife
I had a memory foam mattress topper in the basement that I wasn’t using. You’ve probably seen a lot of people use electric knives for this, but I don’t own one.
I ran a serrated knife down the edge of the board to get the proper size foam piece for the upholstered coffee table bench.
Double memory foam for coffee table bench
I used two layers of the mattress topper memory foam and drop cloth to upholster the coffee table bench.
Secure drop cloth upholstery with a staple gun
A staple gun was used to tack down the folded over edge of the drop cloth.
I placed the upholstered top onto the coffee table and checked it out. But it seemed like it needed a little more!
Easy Button Tufting
I used the same easy button tufted cheat method using screws and washers that I used on my Upholstered Corner Headboard Bench. Oh my just thinking about that corner headboard bench makes me want to make another for my craft show in October! I used dritz craft cover button kit to make the buttons match the drop cloth. I love using drop cloth for upholstery. It is so sturdy!
Although I love the way the top looks with the easy button tufting, but I do not like the color of the coffee table with the drop cloth fabric.
Time for Plan b
This was before I got my new favorite chalked smoked glaze. I was using a black paint wash to give it a glaze and I wasn’t loving it.
I wish I had known about my favorite glaze. If you like glazed furniture, check out my post How to Glaze Painted Furniture.
It was time to bring out the Homeright Finish Max Super . As always I started painting my project upside down.
So much better in black
As you probably know, color definitely makes or breaks a project. I struggle with color a LOT since I’m making projects to sell.
See? Here is the coffee table bench with the black wash on it. Unfortunately, I am not a fan!
This is the other side. Notice I left the wooden pieces on one side. I know—strange, right?
The upholstered coffee table bench is great for the living room . . .
. . . but even better for an end of the bed upholstered bench to help a fur baby get on and off the bed! Miss Lulu Mae likes her regular coffee table bench at the end of the bed.
It took over a year to complete, but I generally keep working on a project until I’m happy with it no matter how long it takes.
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