Tuesday, January 18, 2011

That's a Rock Star Right There

-Edited April 29, 2011-

I might for reals in real life cry when this baby sells. The Rock Star Ottoman (so named because it completely rocks my world) is now officially my favorite thing. Ever.

It started out like this, remember?So much awesomer than a regular old coffee table. I had big plans to paint the legs either a high gloss black or possibly even a matte gold. But as I started to sand and get ready for paint, I couldn't do it. I thought the layers of black and white (my fav) and wood were beautiful. I put some poly on for protection and shine and just let them be. I know its not everyone's cup of tea. My husband kept asking when I was going to paint. Sometimes imperfection is perfection, ya know?It has been upholstered and covered in a fabulous and graphic black and cream stripe. A heavyweight indoor/outdoor fabric that can stand up to some abuse. Plus I Scotch Guarded the crap out of it. It probably couldn't live in the Family Room/hangout spot with my kids, but in the Fancy Schmancy Living Room sometimes a mom gets to have something a little special. To add to the glam factor I also tufted it. Rock Stars have to be glam. The Facts: 24" x 48" x 18" $175

Sold to a loving home! Thanks Hollie

p.s. See that couch ^ that's not so much a rock star anymore? Big changes are a comin'.

Linking up!

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And a thanks to Brooke at All Things Thrifty for inpiring me to try some tufting!  If you want to try it yourself, she has some great tutorials here.


  1. i love this emily. I just recently saw you add on ksl and had to come check out your work. great job!

  2. Simply gorgeous - and I love the legs. :)

  3. What? No purple or red velvet for rockstars? Kidding! I think it looks like perfection! Love it!

  4. Wow that is rockin! I love how vibrant yet classy it looks! Thanks for sharing it at the VIP party =)

  5. It is so nice that I have found your blog about your link on Miss Mustard Seed. So I have a little scrolled and I like what I've seen. Now I’m your new follower!

    Take care

  6. Love this transformation! I think I'm going to have to make one of these now. Time to go coffee table hunting!

    By the way, what did you use to upholster the top? Did you get a piece of plywood for the top plus foam and some batting? How did you attached the plywood to the tabletop? I would love to know!

    I'm following you now. If you get a chance, please stop by my blog! http://lovelybeasts.blogspot.com

    Also Emily

  7. I actually upholstered it by just measuring and drilling the holes for the tufting right into the top of the table and then covering it with foam and batting. I just stapled the fabric and batting to the underside of the table lip, if that makes sense. It was a little difficult because there wasn't much area to work with, but it worked! I was also careful to fold the unfinished edge of the fabric under before I stapled it so there would be a nice edge. I hope that helps.

    You can send me an email to egeldmacher@gmail.com if you have any more questions-I think I have a few pictures of the process.

    I checked out your blog-you do great work and I'm following you now too!


  8. You did a great job! I agree - I love it more without freshly painted legs. :)

  9. Oops..forgot to mention that I'm a new follower. Can't wait to see your other projects!

  10. I love anything heavily distressed. I think it is a cool piece. Love to have you at my newbie party come Monday, link up Sunday night.
    New friend here as well.

  11. What a beautiful transformation. Turned out really lovely!

  12. that fabric is awesome on that bench! i love it!

  13. Thanks Emily for all of your helpful answers! I'm glad that you drilled directly into the table because I was thinking about doing that too but didn't know if it was possible. Good to know you were able to execute it successfully!

    When I start my coffee table/ottoman project, I'll probably have a ton of questions. So you might hear from me then!

    Also thanks for following me. Hope you had a great weekend!


  14. I love what you did!! Looks wonderful!

  15. hiya , i am visiting from debbies newbie party and your newest follower , wow this is fabulous and no wonder you thought you would cry when you sold it , lucky holly ! tfs

  16. That's one awesome transformation. I love everything about it. I found you over at Debbie's party. I am your latest follower. I would love for you to come and check out my blog and follow me back at www.diybydesign.blogspot.com. Thanks so much.

  17. Very well done! I love the transformation!

    Visiting from Debbiedoo's party and am now following. I hope you'll come by my new blog too.

    Have a great day.

  18. That ottoman sure is a rock star! Visiting from Debbiedoo's party and will sure hit that follow button! Thanks for sharing!
    Kim @ tiarasandbowties.blogspot.com

  19. Hi, I am your newest follower.You did such a great job on that ottoman, you gave it a whole new personality! Beeautiful job!


  20. Hi there! Just wanted to let you know this was featured on my blog this morning =) Come grab a button when you have a chance!

    Cheers! Sommer