The Gorgeous Way to Give Any Ordinary Coffee Table A Modern Update

Season 6 Episode 612
Aired on 03/25/2017 | CC tv-pg
Watch designer Lauren Makk give this old, beloved piece of furniture a stylish makeover complete with colorful details and a cushion for extra seating.

  • Repurposed wood coffee table
  • 3/4" thick plywood board, cut to size of coffee table top
  • 2" thick upholstery foam, cut to size of coffee table top
  • 1" thick batting, min. size 18" longer & wider than coffee table top
  • Decorative upholstery fabric, min. size 18" longer & wider than coffee table top
  • Spray adhesive
  • Eight 1 1/4" screws
  • Drill with a Phillips head bit
  • Staple gun with heavy-duty staples
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic spray paint, color of your choice
  • Face mask


    Put on a face mask. Spray paint the coffee table the color of your choice. Allow the paint to dry for 2 to 4 hours or until dry to the touch before securing the cushion to the coffee table in later steps.

    Making the coffee table cushion: In a well ventilated area, spray adhesive glue over the plywood board. Press the 2" upholstery foam over the board. Cut away any excess foam from around the board using an electric carving knife.

    Set the plywood and foam to one side. Spread out the upholstery fabric face downon the work surface. Lay the 1" battingon top of the fabric. Place the plywood foam side down on the batting. If you have a lot of excess fabric, trim it off before moving onto the next step.

    Using a staple gun and starting in the center of one edge, staple the batting and fabric to the underside of the plywood. Space the staples every 2”–4”, pulling the fabric and batting tautas you go along. If there are any loose spots when you’re finished, go back and add additional staples. Leave the corners until the next step.

    There will be excess battingand fabricat the corners that can be trimmed to make themlessbulky. Once the excess fabric is cut, pinch the remaining corner fabric into a point and press thepoint to the plywood. Secure in place with 5-7 staples or more if needed tokeep it place.

    Trim off any excess fabric.

    Place the cushion on top of the coffee table, using your eye to center it. Put on safety glasses. From the underside of the table, drill the 1 1/4" screws through the table and up into the underside of the cushion. You will know it has a good grip when the cushion is pulled tight against the top of the table.