We - I should say my husband- had a coffee table that I haven't been the biggest fan of since we've been married. Just not my style. So I sold it on Craig's List.. he was kinda mad, but it had sharp edges and I have a toddler. Enough said! Now I wanted something glass and transparent (makes the room open up) but I knew that a messy-hands toddler with a glass table ALSO is a bad idea. So to put function before looks, I decided on a storage ottoman coffee table, all in one. That way I can corral all his toys and HIDE THEM AWAY!!
I've looked around, and the average price for one of these was $250 online, outta my budget. Plus I did not want brown and brown was EVERYWHERE. Sooo on a trip up to Home Goods, I decided I'd find a bargain, and that I did. I found a storage ottoman (unfortunately it was brown) and the seam was torn all across the top! It was on clearance for $80.
I bought the thing, and after some rebuking from my husband, I convinced him it was a good idea and a good deal. I had leftover fabric from a tablecloth I purchased at TJ, and covered the top.