Being inspired by more than a few pieces of upcycled furniture over the past year, I decided it was time to reinvent a coffee table that my parents bought way back in the 60s.  I don’t quite remember when I took possession of it, but we have been dragging it from place to place for years.  Talk about a sturdy and versatile piece of furniture.  It has served not only as a coffee table but also a TV stand, entertainment center, bench, closet organizer and book shelf.  Most recently, it freed up a nightstand when Pudge (the freshman goldfish who was blessed with longevity) came home from college and needed a permanent spot of his own.  Now that Pudge has gone on to the great aquarium in the sky, the coffee table no longer has a purpose upstairs, so I dragged it back downstairs and started cogitating.  Procrastinating is probably more like it, but cogitating sounds so much more creative.

So the table sat in the living room as a daily reminder that I needed to get on with the process.  I’m not the most decisive person in the world and there were so many possibilities. (As you can see in the picture, I have measured and marked all kinds of ideas already.)   I finally decided that it would become an ottoman/coffee table; but after pricing foam and fabric, I talked myself out of that one. 

Have you seen the tables made from wooden pallets on Pinterest?  I have fallen in love with the tables created by Haddon Childs.  His tables are true works of art.  Oh, how I wish my coffee table could look like that, but I have no woodworking tools much less the skills necessary and the table is way too heavy to add any more weight to the top.  So I began pondering again.

Eventually, I decided to put my Cricut to work and cut a gazillion (I may be exaggerating just a bit here) diamonds from cardstock and am turning the table top into a tumbling block pattern of black, grays, white, creams, and browns.  If I don’t like the finished product, then I’ll go back to square one and turn it into an ottoman/coffee table.  However, if I like it, I have spent less than $3 for some extra shades of gray.  I’ll post a picture of the finished product.