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Saturday, March 24, 2012


Pin It Now! I spotted this old coffee table at goodwill and grabbed it for 11.99. I knew exactly what I'd be doing with it! The top was Kinda yuck but I didn't care because I would cover that part anyway!! Yeah buddy!

Then I grabbed 2 yards of fabric from Walmart for 6.00. So glad the fabric dept Is back! Can I get an AMEN?!

So then I primed everything but the top with Kiltz Spray Primer, sanding lightly between coats and then put on two GOOD coats of Krylon Spray Paint in gloss Ivory. It won't be glossy. I promise.

Now for the adventure. If you don't already know it is VERY expensive to get cut foam. I wanted it to be very thick. I didn't have any old cushions on hand or any old mattress toppers. Trust me...my wheels were turning on a thrifty way to do this thing!

I had thought about a crib mattress but then dismissed it because it was too wide however perfect in length.

After seeking crafting counsel from my friend Sarah, she mentioned a crib mattress. I had this thing on hand for ten years now. It's been beat up and used by my kiddos. Can't you tell?!

After my counseling session with "Dr. Sarah", I thought "maybe I can make it smaller?!" So I got to ripping that baby apart!!

First I measured what needed to be taken off and cut the plastic part and slipped it off (I kept it to slip back on after shortening the mattress)

This is what that mess of springs looks like! Wowzer!

I started to unwrap the springs by hand and quickly got tired of that so I used wire cutters to cut the little springs holding the big springs together. Then just spun them around and they just come right off-- hard to see that in the picture;(

I enlisted my mini-me for some help!

Then I tucked all of the foam and batting back in and put the plastic piece back on.

I took off the legs of the coffee table. I'm so thrilled that was an option. Sometimes the legs are not removable!

Then laid out the fabric on the floor right side down. Placed the mattress on top then sprayed the part with spray adhesive that will be touching the table top. Then staple all around pulling tight and working on both sides by rotating.


I didn't take off enough of the width of the mattress. I wish I'd have made it a little smaller so be sure to measure that accurately.


I'm SO happy with this bench/doggie bed/folding laundry station...etc.

If you try this, I'd love to know!!!

I love comments!!

Happy DIY-ing,




  1. Dr. Sarah thinks you did a FABULOUS job transforming a boring table into a cushion bench! And I'm so glad you even had a crib mattress! It looks great, I'm proud of you! :))

    1. Thanks DOC!!! I love it sooo much!!! Gia has made it her new bed!! lol

  2. Love your creative way of making this bench. I would love to have a bench like that!

    1. Awe thanks!! When I spotted that table at goodwill I knew what it would become....until I priced the FOAM for it ad my dream shattered...expensive!! Thats when the mattress came in and shortening it by removing the springs was very easy! Thanks for stopping by!!

  3. Wow! I am impressed! Opening up a crib mattress and turning it into a lovely bench is a big project! Looks great!

    Found you through Dwell on Joy, btw!

    1. THANKS! I was so bummed when I saw the price of foam that I was desperate! That mattress was done for anyway so I figured there's nothing to lose;))
      Thanks for commenting!

  4. Aren't you the creative gal! Good thinking-following you from TDC-stop over for a visit!

    1. Awesome!! Thanks so much...and I will certainly be stopping in!!! Thanks for the comment!!!

  5. Never in a million years would I have thought to cut the mattress down to size! Thank you for sharing!!

  6. The bench turned out awesome!

    Visiting from the Newbie Party.

  7. Sounds like lots of work, but way worth the effort...it turned out great! I'm a new follower and would love for you to follow me back.

  8. This is a great project! It is so creative and looks great. Would you consider linking it up to my Pinworthy Projects Linky Party over at Just Us Four?


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