i had a table cloth over this table, but my sewing machines & computer kept getting caught and bunching up the fabric. so i decided to give it a face lift and do a little studio redo. we call these yard sale tables. i’m sure you have one in your garage..if not…good reason to go thrifting. thrift stores usually have a plethora of these yucky tables. It is the perfect height and length and makes for a great sewing or craft / studio table.
need: 1 jar of mod podge
1 roll of wrapping paper
1 sponge brush (i had a small and large brush)
coordinating fabric for table skirt
unroll wrapping paper and measure to table, making sure you have enough overhang. cut it. then start at one end of table and roll the paper back onto the roll. it’s easier to maneuver the paper and makes it easier to work with.
mod podge in small rows…then unroll the paper.
as you unroll the paper onto the mod podge, make sure to smooth out the bubbles. (mine is a bit wrinkly) then do the edges and fold under. you can cut off the excess, but this part will be covered by the skirt. i just kinda fanagled the corners, but be careful, as i was pulling the paper, i ripped it. just throw more mod podge on it…no one will notice.
let dry completely, then apply mod podge over the top to seal it. Again, LET IT DRY COMPLETELY. i would let it dry over night before setting any machines on top.
then staple your fabric to the underside rim of the table. i didn’t want a straight skirt, but a little ruffle so I folded my fabric like this…about every 10 inches or so around the table. i also did NO sewing and just folded the excess fabric at the top…so the skirt would be the right length.
staple, staple, staple
i love the overall way it turned out. i found the wrapping paper at target ($2.99) and got the burlap for super-cheap at walmart. you could also use scrapbook paper or maybe wallpaper. the table has been in my studio, but we found it at a thrift store. i was trying to branch out with the red wrapping paper, but i’m more of a bluish shabby chicish coastal girl. it will probably get another redo soon…i may paint it unless i find some cute scrapbook paper. it’s never-ending…
Handmade Housewife... says
I think that looks adorable! I’ve seen a lot of coastal decor throw a little red in with blues and cream colors. It’s that unexpected interest. This is so cute. I need to skirt my table now. Never would have thought of burlap. Looks great!>>-Hayley
Boo and Hooties Mom says
Love the idea! This has inspired me to ‘clean up’ my work space!!! Where did you find the pole with the buckets holding the scissors?? Did you make this??
Wow, I really like it! Very nice. The room looks like something out of a magazine!
Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality says
that is a great project for just a standard utility table! Looks so great in your craft room.
Kathleen aka Coffee Mom says
That looks great. I wonder if i should do something with mine?
Do it yourselfer says
boo and hooties mom,>the pole with the buckets is from IKEA…so is the little shelf above it.
Love Love Love this!
I love it! I would have never thought of it.
A lovely place to work your magic! Love how organized your work space is. Makes me wish I was crafty. 🙂
Adorable! You did an amazing job!
An Accomplished Woman says
What a great project. It looks fantastic. Love your blog.
Mimi Sue says
I think it looks great. I do have a table just like yours was. Ugly. Thanks for the inspiration. Mimi
Very cute idea!
Now that is one fabulous redo! I love the burlap–it is becoming a favorite of mine!
tales from an O.C. cottage says
LOVE IT!!!!!!!>>M ^..^
Boo and Hooties Mom says
Wow, I love this! My computer is currently on a table that is so ugly. I might just see if dh will be all for me sprucing it up. Thanks for the great idea!
That is brilliant!
Half of the Style Sisters says
Wow what a fabulous transformation. I came across your blog today. I simply must do this in my sewing room. Really really looks good.
Cherry's Jubilee says
Very cute and I love the red. I plan on doing a burlap skirt on my craft table as well. I love to decorate with it. cherry
the table came out so cute! I need to get my hands on some mod podge and wrapping paper. although I might be tempted to do the whole house..lol >>great job!
This looks FABULOUS! What a great idea! I’ll be linking.
Oh. My. Goodness…. I am SO excited about this idea! It looks fantastic!
Jen r. says
I love your studio table! It looks fabulous!
Heather - CROQZine.com says
Great job! Cheap with big impact! I found you via One Pretty Thing.
It’s a great and simple way to make a table looks so nice. Great job.
I love mod podge!>If you use tissue paper/paper napkins you can make wood look like you’ve hand-painted it.>There is a tutorial on my blog>;o)
Crafty Niche says
That looks fabulous! I have one of those white plastic tables. I wonder if I can do something like that to my craft table?
What a great idea! I actually love the pop of red and white against the light blue walls. I think they go wonderfully together!
This is a great idea! My kids have an old shabby table that they sit at for crafting. It’s really useful but it looks a mess! I’m going to have them help me give it this facelift.
Holey moley, this is such a great idea!!
FlipFlop Mom says
YOU ROCK that is WAY COOL!!!!
I so wish my craft room was that tidy – I’ve just posted pics on my blog of mine which I’ve spent the past two days sorting out and it’s chaos!!! Oh to have a fairy wand!
I did this, but I didn’t mod podge it. I just wrapped the table with wrapping paper and tape. That way I can change out the wrapping paper when I get sick of it. Love the way yours turned out!
Thanks for letting me post it. It’s set to debut this Thursday! This re-do is so awesome!
Noon To Two says
I’ve been waiting for someone to help me with mod podging a table top. My youngest daughter took a marker to my other daughter’s white nightstand. Thanks for posting this!
I too love your little bucket wall hanger thingy. Can you share more about it?
I just came across your blog in a late night insomnia-fueled search for fun new projects. I love this so much!!! I can't wait to try it. =)
Love this! Did you skirt the table the whole way around or just front and both sides?
I love it! I just got one of these tables for free and I'm going to try it this week while my kids and hubby are out of town! Can you tell me how many yards of fabric you used for the skirt? Thanks for sharing!
Dandelion's Cottage says
Fantastic idea! Can't wait to try this out!