Today's project is one created by my son, John. I was merely a spectator, offering advice not only when asked, but a little when not asked. John is a creative soul. He graduated Cum Laude this past Saturday with a degree in Architecture. I'm very proud and am excited to see what the future holds for him.
If you've visited my blog before, you've probably seen some projects he has helped me with. If you visit again, you'll get to see what he did for me for Mother's Day. But, I'm saving that for another day.
Because I have
forced persuaded him over the last few years to help me with projects, he's kind of gotten the bug for going to yard sales and auctions. He sees things differently than most people. He always looks at ways to turn things into something other than their intended use. He spotted this table at a yard sale and immediately said he had an idea of something he wanted to do with it.
It still had the sticker stating that it is mahogany...
It had two drawers...
The base was not in good shape. One of the legs had been broken and glued back together...
and, one of the claw feet was missing...
It had a few issues but had some nice detail...
We took it home and John went right to work on turning this table into an ottoman.
He turned the table upside down onto a piece of plywood and traced around the table top with chalk.
He told me not to take his picture, so please don't tell him! What he doesn't know won't hurt him.
He cut along the chalk line with a jigsaw.
He drilled holes in the plywood to allow for adding buttons later.
He covered one side of the plywood with foam and then covered the foam with batting.
Then he used a staple gun to cover the foam and plywood with fabric.
He enlisted the help of his sister, Carrie, for this part. Four hands are better than two!
Carrie covered buttons with a contrasting fabric. They used an extra long needle and added the buttons to the ottoman top using the holes that John drilled early on.
After removing the base of the table, John screwed the padded top to the original table top, and then added new feet.
I don't know what John's future holds, but if the architecture thing doesn't work out right away, I think he may have a future in furniture design!
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