Coffee Table with Storage

The Find

While wandering the alleys, I came across an old cheap ottoman. The pillow top was wrecked but the base was still in pretty good shape so I brought it home. My wife had recently purchased an outdoor couch and wanted a small coffee table, so before she bought more stuff I jumped on it! Using some found fence boards and the ottoman I had an idea.

The Build

I kicked this project off by finding out what exactly lurked inside. I was not expecting to find the green straps.

After cutting the straps, pulling a bunch of staples and cutting out a couple wood cross braces, I finally exposed the new storage space.

I moved onto the table top by building a simple frame and cutting the fence posts down to fit.

Once everything was all screwed together, I gave it a good sanding and painted the whole thing white with a dry brush.

The table top fit snuggly on top of the ottoman base making a perfect outside coffee table with storage.

What's AlleyLux?

AlleyLux is a passion project started by me, Mike Alonzo. I've always struggled with waste and even flirted with hoarding. There is just so much usable material discarded everyday, that I figured I would try and do something with it. I explore my neighborhood alleys liberating junk, or as I like to call it, potential, in an effort to give it new life.

If you're interested in getting an AlleyLux original or learning more join us or drop me an email at

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