Coffee Table turned Ottoman before and after - (ottomans for coffee tables are super "in" and you could probably find a broken glass top coffee table for a bit of nothing since they were super popular years back = DIY alert!
love this idea, except for the coffee table part and only because the bookcases are too tall. Look twice! It's a coffee table, an old bookcase, and some paint. Use a plain bookcase and add crown molding to the top and trim down the front.