My coffee table had a glass top, and for the longest time, it was in storage. I know it was a waste. I probably should have checked out the range of other materials used for coffee machines at furniture in fashion. I just didn’t want to risk the kids getting hurt because the glass top jutted out. So I always used a Fabindia trunk as my coffee table instead!
Then came the day when I realized I was running out of storage space. Something had to be done. I decided to critically assess the furniture in my home, and see what could stay and could not! And guess what? I didn’t feel like throwing out a thing – not even the old, ugly plywood TV-console that I hated but get this, still loved – because it had lovely memories attached to it. So of course, I am keeping it – in a gorgeous new avatar, which I will share with you soon.
But let’s focus on the coffee table for now.
My big plan was to take off the glass top, add a plywood top, and then upholster it. With excitement building up, I decided quite rightly that the first step was to source the fabric. Of course, it was! Many of you were a part of my Facebook fabric updates, and I loved The Keybunch reader inputs that went into this process.
I desperately wanted Suzani. And when I googled for Suzani, of course there were no Indian stores selling them. But here’s an update. A few days after my fabric reached me, The Purple Turtles – a Bangalore based decor store – announced on their FB page that they now stock fabrics, including Suzani. So that’s some info for all of you who are looking to source Suzani fabric!
So where did I source the fabric from? Ebay Global Buy. No, I am not getting paid by them! But so many of you have asked me where I bought the fabric from. I originally spoke to an Uzbek retailer, who didn’t sound too honest. I had shortlisted 3 designs from him, but I was really scared to complete the transaction – because, Suzani fabric is not cheap, and there was 0 trust in the seller! Luckily, I found 2 of the very same designs (and I am thinking better quality) on ebay Global.
And of course, most of you followed the fabric choosing saga, and also witnessed my sudden uncertainty when I thought I would try an Indian fabric instead. But some very sensible readers put me totally in place, and said “just go with your first choice!” 🙂 and I did!
Now, after the fabric was ordered, I knew exactly what to do with the table. The earlier idea was to turn it into an entryway bench, but with such gorgeous fabric, I had to ‘promote’ it, and I decided to make it into an upholstered coffee table instead. The fabric plays a big role in improving the style quotient of a piece of furniture, trust me!
It was now time to modify the coffee table. The Man Friday in my apartment society put me on to a carpenter, a gem 🙂 He was not just talented, but entertaining too! He oohed and aahed over all my plans, and insisted on calling me Madamji, with a loud emphasis on the Madam. I begged him to not call me that, but it was no use.
Well, and when he had installed the plywood, he brought me the reworked table. It looked a bit unfinished – see the edges on the table in the pic above. When I expressed my doubts about whether it was strong enough, he actually jumped on it, and did a little jig! 🙂 I love when a person is passionate about his work, don’t you?! 🙂 So well, the piece was strong, but needed finishing!
I finished the table myself with a bit of generic wood polish, and when it dried, it was ready to be upholstered.
I am so glad I got the neighborhood sofa guy in, because he is truly a pro. I showed him a pic, and he set to work, right there in the corridor outside my apartment door so that I could observe and give my inputs while he worked (he had never attempted something like this before).
Midway though, I realized he hadn’t brought a lining fabric in.
I wasn’t going to set the (rather expensive ;)) Suzani directly on sponge, so I quickly ran in, and gave him an old bed sheet to tack on first. I was so happy I did that, because it was a great way to tweak the bumps that showed up, and generally ‘tighten’ the base. Once the bed sheet was secure, he stapled on the actual fabric. 2 hours, and we were done! And I still can’t get over it.
So here it is –
Well, the good news is, if you are in Pune, and want to upcycle your own coffee table, The Keybunch can now help you. Contact me for more details!