This is my crafting table. It didn’t always look like this. It was originally a drafting table height desk that I got at Staples years and years ago. I saw a pin on Pinterest about using Mod Podge and Scrapbook paper to cover a table and an idea for a new crafting project was born – a Fabric Covered Table for Crafting.
I loved the style and the lines of the desk but I could never find a chair that was exactly the right height and I started to get carpal tunnel syndrome from using my computer in an awkward position. The desk was a flip top project table that opened up to be 50×50″ so I moved it into the dining area to use as a high kitchen table with some bar stools. When I found that I was using it more as a craft table than a kitchen table I tried to think of ways to make it look less like a desk and more like a craft table. So I decided to go ahead with the fabric idea and see what happened.
How to Make a Fabric Covered Table:
- Apothecary Project Table/Desk from Staples
- Black & Ivory Wide Stripe Heavy weight material from Ikea
- Mod Podge – Gloss
- 2″ Foam Applicator Brush
- Mod Podge Brayer
- Mod Podge Acrylic Sealer
- Sanding Paper
I didn’t want the table sides to collapse anymore so the first thing I did was glue, spackle and sand the ridge on the table where the flip top opened on both sides. I did this to make sure that you wouldn’t see or feel the ridge under the fabric. What I should have done next (but didn’t) is lightly prime the top of the desk with white spray paint. My fabric was black and ivory and you can see the black table a tiny bit through the ivory stripes. Lesson learned!
Next I attached my FRESHLY IRONED fabric to the desk top, one-third at a time. Using a foam applicator brush, I liberally coated a section of the table top with Mod Podge. I carefully placed the fabric over the Mod Podge and used the Mod Podge brayer to affix the fabric to the table, making sure to smooth out any bubbles or ridges.
When I was sure I had gotten all the bubbles out of the first section of fabric I repeated the process for the middle third of the Fabric Covered Table.
After attaching the fabric to the remaining third of the table, I used the brayer on the whole table to make sure all of the bubbles and ridges had been smoothed out. Then I let the fabric and Mod Podge dry overnight.
I trimmed the edges of the fabric to about 2″ all the way around the table and used Mod Podge to glue them under the edge of the table top.
Next I decoupaged the fabric table top with Mod Podge. This was a multi-day, multi-layer process. Using a 2″ foam applicator brush I applied a liberal layer of Mod Podge using vertical brush strokes to cover all of the fabric on the table. I tried to make the brush strokes as smooth as possible without overworking them as I covered the table.
Once the table was covered I let it dry for a full day.
After a few hours, the Mod Podge will be mostly dry to the touch. But each layer needs to cure before adding additional layers. I followed the directions on the Mod Podge bottle and lightly sanded the table top with finishing sanding paper before applying a new layer of Mod Podge.
This is the Fabric Covered Table after three layers of Mod Podge and a single coat of Mod Podge Acrylic Sealer. I wish I had gone with a polyurethane sealer instead of the Mod Podge sealer because I think it would have set better and been more resistant to scratches and dents. But I had never used polyurethane before and I was afraid I would ruin my beautiful Fabric Covered Table so I just used the spray on acrylic sealer.
This really was a great project and I love how it turned out. And if you are interested in my DIY Craft Supply Caddy, you can find the tutorial for that here.
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