Hemnes coffee table
4 pieces of flat wood (will make more sense in the below steps)
Fabric of your choice (thicker and stronger fabric)
Cover buttons with kit
Tissue/Packing paper (that covers the dimensions of the top of the table)
Spray adhesive (to stick fabric/foam to wood)
Pencil and Ruler
Steps to turn your Hemnes coffee table into an Ottoman:
1. The face/top of the Hemnes table is wider and longer than where the legs of the table are placed. i.e. the top of the table juts out beyond the legs. We will need to nail pieces of wood a couple inches under the top of the table – to the legs – to make all four sides of the table even in depth and width to the top of the table.
To do so, measure the length, width and depth of each side of the table so you can buy and cut pieces of wood that will line up to the dimensions of the top of the table when attached to the legs.
2. Using a hammer, nail a piece of wood just under the inner frame of the table (approx. a couple inches down from the top of the table) to the two legs of one side of the table. Repeat for all four sides. The pieces of wood should line up all around and be the same width and depth.
3. To upholster buttons onto the ottoman (at the very end) we will need to drill holes at this time into the table where the buttons will go. Use a ruler to measure exactly where you want your holes to go and use a pencil to draw in circles where the holes will go. I drew 5 x 3 holes, alternating 3 holes in the first row, 2 in the second, 3 in the third, and so on.
4. Use a power drill to drill in LARGE holes where the holes are drawn. (I emphasize large holes as this will make it easier when upholstering the buttons)
5. Use large tissue paper or packing paper that will cover the whole top of the table. This will be used as a template for the buttons. Cut the paper so it measures the exact length and width of the top of the table.
6. Use a pencil to draw in circles on the paper, where the holes are drilled. Set paper aside.
7. Back to the sides of the table. After nailing the pieces of woods to the legs in Step 2, there is now a space between the top of the table and the pieces of wood (nailed a couple inches down from the top) or where the inner frame of the table is. We must cover this space to make the sides of our ottoman even. Measure and cut up foam to fill in between the spaces that would make the sides even and flush.
8. Using the spray adhesive (I used 3M Super 77 spray), spray the inner frame of the table which is where you will be gluing the foam pieces. Place the foam pieces quickly to the inner frame of the table so the foam fills the gap between the top of the table and the wood piece. Repeat for all four sides.
9. Now that the sides of your table are even, you will also need to glue foam to the top of the table. Take large piece of foam (cut where necessary with exacto knife) and glue it to the top of the table using the spray adhesive. You can also use several small pieces to cover the table but just be sure they are the same thickness otherwise it will be difficult to make the top padding even)
10. You now have the rough shape of your ottoman. Get your batting and lay it flat on the ground. Place the table wrong side up on top and in the middle of the batting.
11. Pull the batting tightly on one side and over the table and staple the batting to the inner side of the table using a staple gun. Repeat on all four sides.
12. There will be a lot of excess batting on each of the four corners. Wrap the excess batting like a present around the corner of the table and staple to the inner side of the corner. Repeat for all four corners.
13. Get your fabric and lay it inside up on the ground. Place your table wrong side up on top and in the middle of the fabric. Pull one side of the fabric tightly over the table and staple the fabric to the inner side of the table using a staple gun. Repeat for all four sides.
14. There will be excess fabric on each of the four corners. Cut off excess fabric that measures longer than 3 inches after roughly wrapping it over the corners.
15. Fold the fabric tightly along one side corner and bring the loose fabric on the other side corner tightly overtop, lining up with the side corner of the table, and fold and bring it in under the table and staple using the staple gun. Repeat for all four sides. (The corners can be tricky). Ensure you pull tightly and don’t have too much excess fabric as stapling will be more difficult.
Place table right side up. You now have the exact shape and look of your ottoman.
16. Get your button hole template and place it flat atop your table. Use sewing pins to pin the paper on each of the four corners to line up to the dimensions of the table.
17. Take your upholstery needle and poke holes through the paper and fabric to mark where your holes will be right on your fabric
18. Remove the paper.
19. Now it’s time to make your fabric covered buttons. Using your excess fabric, cut out circles that are 2x the diameter of your button cover. Follow the instructions in your cover button kit for all buttons.
20. Taking your upholstery needle and thread, bring the needle and thread up through one of the holes at the bottom of the table through the fabric to the top, inserting the thread through the button, and back down through the fabric and the hole at the bottom of the table. Repeat a few times.
21. Get excess foam and cut into small rectangular pieces. Take one and place it between the pieces of thread (or where the drilled hole is under the table) and tie the thread a few times over it. The foam will help keep the button intact and nice and tightly.
22. Repeat steps 20-21 to upholster each button onto your ottoman
23. Depending on the thickness of the foam glued to the top of the table earlier in step 9, your ottoman may be too high. That was the case for me so I used an electric saw to saw down the legs of the table.
24. Sand down the bottom ends of the legs of the table and apply protectors to the bottom to protect your floors.
~ Suzy Shin