Posted by: michelenel | 18 May, 2015

How to turn a pub table into an ottoman….

When we bought an old pub a few years ago, included in the sale were a few pub tables…many smashed by vandals, but a few usable…a few too many for any one household.

It has taken too long, but eventually I have used one of the tables to create something pretty and functional for the house – an ottoman.

Here she is before the big makeover, a simple round table….


Add a piece of recycled upholstery foam, some lovely Annie Sloan chalk paint from here, a half meter of upholstery material (mine cost the grand total of £0.50 pence for a fent which was just the right size), and they were transformed into not one, but two beautiful and practical pieces of furniture.

I made the ottomans with a very special friend who is new to all things woodworking and upholstery; she has done an incredible job to produce this lovely piece of furniture from the top half of the table….

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Mine was made in a similar way but using the bottom half of the table legs….


What a transformation!!  Two ottomans from one little pub table – I am so happy with the results.  I can see they will become one of the most used pieces around the house.  Next I have another two ottomans to make – for the library and Assembly rooms – this time from one of the larger rectangular tables dotted around the house.

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I know a good thing when I see it, and this is the perfect little ottoman for in front of our woodburning stove in the snug….

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Feet up, cuppa tea and relax….

Now where is my man with the kindling for the fire 🙂


  1. Such a good renovation of a pub table and two for the price of one! I have a piano stool that needs a make-over but haven’t found the right fabric for the seat yet.

    • Thank you Emma, I really love it and my friend is over the moon too. 😊 I hope you find the perfect fabric because it does make such a difference. We are so lucky to be close to Standfast & Barracks because they always have plenty of small pieces of upholstery and curtaining material for pennies.

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