Howdy! Sorry I had to be a tease yesterday. I didn’t have great light for photos at 8pm at night. So, here’s all the details on my table makeover.
As you saw yesterday it started like this:
This was a table we inherited in the basement of our first house. It is just a homemade work table. Nothing special at all…except that it was FREE. My favorite kind of furniture! Besides it not being that eye-catching, it was in good shape. I could see the makings of a console table. I have been wanting one for our dining area, but being a major penny-pincher, I didn’t want to spend the bucks right now.
I was able to do this entire transformation for $20. All I had to buy was the fabric and the nailhead trim. I went to the fabric store and found a yard and a half of fabric on the sale table. Plenty for this project. They also had the nailhead 30 percent off and I had a $5 off coupon. I ended up getting it all for $20! Usually just the nailhead roll is that much.
I decided to try this method I saw over at Sarah Dorsey Designs. You coat your table with water-based polycrylic and iron your fabric on. You can get full details in the link at Sarah’s site.
Before I could begin though, I needed to make the table the right size for the space. I cut part of the back off so it wasn’t so deep and reattached the legs. Actually, we all did that. Dave and the kids all helped me. My kids always want to help with our projects. It’s so cute to see them get excited to help out!
You may have seen this on Instagram:
I wanted it to have solid sides instead of legs so we also added some scrap wood. This is the great thing about DIY–you start to have left over materials! We had the perfect wood left over from our Ikea BILLY hack for the sides. Under the front of the table top we just added a 2×4. After filling in some divits with wood fill we were ready to roll!
I had the water-based polycrylic on hand from some furniture makeovers. Again, the nice thing about a DIY lifestyle. This iron-on method worked like a charm. I took Sarah’s advice and starched my fabric before hand. I chose not to coat the outside because I really liked the nubby texture of the fabric.
I had never used the nailhead trim on a roll before. This was so much easier!! Great for projects that you want to use a lot of nailhead accents. This whole makeover only took a few hours.
I am really happy with the finished project. It’s even better knowing what the before looked like! Now I’m wondering what else is going to get covered with fabric around here…
This space is very much unfinished, as you can see, but by just adding this table I already like it better. Now I feel like getting the rest of it done!