Guest Post: DIY Ottoman by Savannah from Rolled Up Pretty

 First off, check out my guest post on Ashley's blog, All Things Ashley here! You can read about Why I Blog! :) Check, check, check it out!

Savannah is kicking off a series of guest posts all about DIY, re-doing furniture, and home decor while I get busy cleaning and moving everything into our new house! I am so excited because I have a bunch of amazing posts for you all! Want to know something cool? Savannah and I are real life friends as we meet at the Utah Blogger Meet Up :) She is seriously hilarious, gorgeous, amazing and I'm excited she is guest posting for me today! Take it away girl!
Hi there!  Savannah here, or as my friends call me, Sav.  My blog is Rolled Up Pretty and I love to write about anything fun!  My favorite things to blog about would have to be my family, decorating & design, my crazy-sexy husband's mishaps, easy-cute tutorials, and fun finds.  Oh and food.  Why is food so good?  You actually want to know my ABSOLUTE favorite thing about blogging?  Making new friends.  It has really been the best.  I have met so many incredible people and who am I kidding?  By people I mean ladies :)  They are all awesome!  I would LOVE for you to come stop by and say hello sometime.  Every Wednesday I do a Whatever, Whenever, Wednesday Link Up where you can come link ANYTHING cool up!  It can be something you made, ate, wore, or did.  I want to see it and meet you!  Thanks for taking the time to read this and hopefully I'll see you around!  Lata :)


 Yay, I'm so excited to be posting on Ashley's blog today while she's busy getting things ready for her adorable new house!  So exciting for her!  
She thought it would be fun for me to share a tutorial on something for the home since she wants some fun ideas for herself in this whole decorating process.  She also wanted it to be affordable cause who doesn't want to save a buck?!  I know I always do!
So with that being said, today I am posting a super fun and easy tutorial for an ottoman my husband and I just made. 
K ottomans?  The ones I saw in stores are so dang expensive and not that cute.  So we thought, why not make one exactly how we want it?  
It was cheap, easy, and we love it!

So here we go....
What you'll need:
Scissors, staple gun, staples, screws, fabric (dimensions of fabric will depend on how big your coffee table is), measuring tape...
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...razor blade, glue gun, and a saw (not pictured).
You'll also need a base of an old coffee table...
Plywood (cut to the dimensions of the top of your coffee table)...
And poly foam, make sure the dimensions can be cut to equal the size of your plywood.  We got two packages of this so there would be enough for two layers.  Our coffee table is huge, so you may only need one package of this.  
 First, lay the plywood on top of the coffee table making sure that it is the same size.  If your coffee table is rounded on the corners like ours was, you will need to saw the edges of the plywood into a curve to match the coffee table.  If it's just square you may be fine not to saw at all. 
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It should look like this.
 If it matches up well, take the plywood off the table, lay it on the ground, and start matching the poly foam up to it so there's padding covering all of the plywood.  You'll probably need to cut the poly foam and lay it down in pieces in order to cover all of the plywood.  Like a puzzle, get it?  Like I said, we did two layers of poly foam, so if you want your ottoman really plush, do two layers which will probably call for two packages of the poly foam.  We even left a bit of an overhang of poly foam over the edges of the plywood so the edges are all comfy and soft.   
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 Once it's all matched up, hot glue the poly foam to the plywood, and if you're doing two layers of poly foam, glue the second layer to the first layer so it's all secured down and tight.  The reason you are doing this is so when you flip the plywood upside down, the pieces stay where you want them.
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 Once you've glued everything tightly down, lay your fabric down right side facing the floor, tip your plywood upside down being very careful your poly foam stays in place, and lay it on top of the fabric.
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 Once you have laid it down, grab the edges of the fabric, stretch REALLY tight, and staple the fabric down to the plywood.  You will move around the entire piece of the plywood doing this.  The key really is to pull the fabric extremely tight.  If you don't, there will be little ripples in your ottoman which you don't want.  Maybe you do, if you do, don't pull it tight ;)
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 Once you are done it should look something like this!
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Flip it over, set it on top of the base of the coffee table, screw the base of the table into the plywood from underneath so it's secure and tight.
And wala, you are done!
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Pretty fun huh?
Now go try it and please email me at rolleduppretty@gmail.com if you have ANY questions.  I would love to hear how this turned out for you too, so if you decide to do it, send me the pictures!  That would be so fun to see what you did! :)
I would also love for you to stop by Rolled Up Pretty sometime, say hello, and see some more fun tutorials.  
Thanks for letting me post on your cute blog Ash!

How cute is this ottoman? I am super jealous because I'd love to have it! :) She makes it seem so easy so maybe we will have to make one when things get more organized and settled in! Anyways thanks Savannah for sharing this tutorial! Now go check out her blog! Ready go! :)


  1. That looks amazing! Even better than a store bought one!


  2. Omg that is so cute. I like that a lot.

  3. Love this post! Now I want to do this. I bet someone pins this to Pinterest.

  4. This is beautiful! You are such an amazing decorator :)


  5. what a great photo. the final product is just so fabulous!!! you need to make one immediately for me girl! want it!!!
    xo TJ

  6. Holy cow!! I love it! That is my kind of project! Such a great guest post! Someone I will for sure follow!! Hope you are feeling better Ashley and can't wait to see your home!!

  7. Wow, that looks amazing! I never thought about making my own! I'm in love with her entire living room--gorgeous!

  8. oh my goodness, I LOVE that! So beautiful and I'm a big fan of that pattern and color and the intricate, vintage-looking woodwork. :)

  9. Cool post!


  10. Oh my gosh, I am loving that! I would love to do something like that- great post!

  11. That ottoman is adorable. Wish me and the hubs had all the tools and knowledge to do that.

  12. so cool! i want to try this!! badly.

    thanks for sharing!

    xo flor