Furniture shopping is a nuisance
My husband and I bought a fixer upper about a year and a half ago. It took us months to get almost everything on the inside remodeled. Now I’m finally working on the finishing touches. My current project is our living room. Prior to buying our house we lived in a two bedroom condo with a very small living area. Our furniture made our new living room look like a bachelor pad. It was time to go shopping and we started with a sectional. We finally settled for one that my husband and I could agree on based on comfort and price. We didn’t opt to buy the matching ottoman because it was overpriced and oversized. My practical side was determined to find something that was the right size, inexpensive yet still cute. I did, an IKEA hack that was just right.
IKEA Hack to the rescue
The hack came from Krys Melo at melodrama. She used only the larger table of the VITTSJÖ nesting tables to create an ottoman. Hers is gorgeous, much better looking than mine. Her instructions are good too. You can check out her hack here:
My Take on it
I, however, have a little boy who’s about to turn three so I had to change a few things. Instead of switching the glass and the wood around I installed the wood shelf as IKEA instructs. I put the glass shelf into the recycling and bought a sheet of MDF from Home Depot for the top. My husband used a table saw to cut it to the same dimensions as the glass. I purchased a piece of foam from Walmart, batting and fabric that I liked at Jo-Ann on sale for $6.99/yard.
I didn’t bother to drill holes into the top tabs so that I could put screws into MDF. A little super glue on the tabs worked great to hold it into place while I worked. The foam was the perfect length of the frame so I only had to cut one side, which was good because I don’t have a straight hand. I laid the foam on top of the frame and used a permanent marker to mark the foam. I had bought a knife at IKEA when I bought the nesting tables just because I needed a new one in my kitchen. Not at all thinking that it would come in handy for my hack too. It worked so well I would definitely recommend spending the money for the knife because then you have a good kitchen knife when you are done too.
I used spray adhesive to attach the foam to the MDF and set some books (anything with some weight should work) on top while it dried. I wrapped it with the batting and flipped the table upside down and used a staple gun to attach it fairly tight. Be careful that it’s not so tight that it pulls the foam in and creates indentations. Then I wrapped the fabric over the batting and stapled it too.
My finished product.
Here is my son playing on it, see why I couldn’t use the glass that came with it!
Completing this felt pretty good, I’d highly recommend a project like this for any SAHM.