Storage Ottoman to Toy Bin and Lego Table


How to update an old storage ottoman into a toy chest and coffee table.

How to update an old storage ottoman into a toy chest and coffee table.

Back when I was single with two cats I bought this nice storage ottoman. Then my cats sharpened their claws on their leather top. So recently I replaced the leather with fabric. Then my new puppy chewed the side of it. Yikes. To top it off, my kids dropped food regularly in it so the lining wasn't doing really great either.

For the record, this ottoman has inspired a couple of posts including reupholstering your ottoman and a post I wrote on repairing leather. The problem with the reupholstered version was that my kids like to eat snacks on it and fabric is harder to keep clean with kids and pets.

It was time...

...time to throw it away?

No. Time to refinish the whole thing because *meh* to buying new furniture when I still have a puppy and two toddlers.

And I love it. Even better, the kids love it. They spend HOURS playing with the legos at the ottoman. It is attractive and doesn't look like a toy box which is even more awesome- and I can flip the lego side down to use the other side as a coffee table if I've got adults coming over.

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I cut off all of the old leather and padding. I removed the padding from the top of the ottoman. I decided to use this without the padding now. My husband says it's more toy chest than ottoman now because there's no padded place to put your feet. Whatever. I still plan to put my feet on it!

We cut a thin lightweight wood to the right size for the sides- we used a $13 utility panel. My husband used his nail gun to attach it.

Adding wood siding where the leather used to be so it will look nicer.

My husband also added some wood trim around the top of the ottoman.
Adding a wood frame around the top of the coffee table.

I painted and distressed the whole piece... including the tops. For the tops, I removed the little plastic pieces that held on the top padding. I filled the holes with wood filler and let dry before I painted. Once distressed, I used poly to seal it.

Here's a tutorial on distressing furniture: Drab to Dreamy Lego Desk, How to Distress Furniture.
Filling holes, painting, and distressing the coffee table.

I wasn't super careful so I got paint on the inside liner- which was pretty beat up anyways. I decided to just replace it. I actually put my new liner over it instead of removing the old liner, but I made sure to vacuum it out thoroughly first.

Stapling the fabric liner into place.Just real quick, I'll put my measurements here in case anyone has a similar piece:
I measured 2.5" to wrap around the lip that was inside the chest. Bottom was 24.5 x 21.5", two sides were 6 x 24.5" and 2 sides were 6 x 21.5". 
Cuts of fabric were (2) 25 x 22", (4) 9 x 25", (4) 9 x 22". 
What I did was sew my side pieces right sides together, then sewed the two ends together- this creates a big circle of fabric. I pinned that, right sides together, to the bottom fabric.
Then I sewed around it all. 

Once I made my liner, I just used my staple gun to put it into the toy chest.

For the top of one side, I added a Lego plate. You just take the Lego plate, use some Gorilla glue for the back, and plop it down where you want it. I centered mine. There are lots of fun ideas to do with the tops of this- I'll probably add on some at a later time.

Use gorilla glue to attach your lego plate to the top of the table.

Here it is completed. I didn't take a picture with the lego side flipped over, but if you flip it, it looks like a regular coffee table. My kids use this lego side every. single. day. though so the other side doesn't ever see the light.

Updated storage ottoman into a fabulous toy chest and coffee table.

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DIY Danielle: Storage Ottoman to Toy Bin and Lego Table
Storage Ottoman to Toy Bin and Lego Table
How to update an old storage ottoman into a toy chest and coffee table.
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