It started with the offer of a leftover table from my step-father’s law office kitchen. Not a fantastic table, but it had good bones. Unfortunately the top was covered with checkered Contact paper, but it did have a glass topper, which gave me an idea. I could cover the top with some cute Ikea-by-way-of-Goodwill fabric that I picked up for $1.99 a few months ago.
Easy, cheap and with the chance of being super cute by the end? Sign me up!
Here’s what the table looked like before:
And here’s a closeup of the fabric:
The first step was to wipe down the painted surfaces of the table with a vinegar-and-water solution, which is what I use for degreasing and general clean-age. (I did not photograph this step, as is it was far from a Kodak moment.)
I then placed the glass topper on the fabric and cut enough extra to fold over the edges of the table.
See what a perfectionist I am? Totally straight cuts, especially on the bottom.
I then ironed the fabric so it would look nice and crisp. I considered starching the fabric, but decided against it as the material is already almost canvas-like in its thickness.
I then flipped the table upside down and used my trusty staple gun to attach the fabric. I started by putting a single staple on each side to hold the fabric in place. (At which point I looked at the top to ensure that the pattern was even and somewhat logical.) I then stretched the fabric tight and worked in a 12-6-3-9 pattern, (like a clock) until it was well attached. The corners were a bit tricky, but then again so I am.
Unfortunately, there were a few spots where the cross pieces made it impossible to staple the fabric, so I simply trimmed the edges, and Mod-Podged the fabric into place.
Now completed, the million dollar question was where to put the table. My first thought was to put it between the two armchairs in our spare bedroom/TV room. (There’s currently no table available for cups, bowls and such, which means that everything gets set on the floor.) I immediately saw how the table was too long for this spot and looked kind of goofy.
My second choice was to put the table on our front porch next to the front door, which looked much better.
And because the blue and orange colors don’t correspond with anything on the porch, I added a few Bauer items from our living room shelves. I doubt these accessories will live outside forever, but for now, they’re a cute addition.
The best part was that I was able to transform a so-so table into a delicious treat in under 45 minutes for the low, low cost of $1.99.
I do love me a cheap and easy project!
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”
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