Oddly enough, we had these nearly identical black coffee tables when we moved in together. Reese was considering sending hers to the trash heap because, seriously, why would we need two tables? But in the spirit of our efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle, we decided to keep both tables and try to do something with them.
Now, often times when one of us says this, stuff just winds up in a corner gathering dust. Time flies when you’re having fun, right?
We considered painting them, but we were pretty sick of painting from one of our last thrifty DIY projects, which involved a lot of spray painting. We spray painted night stands, a bench, a chalkboard, a jewelry box and quilting hoops. If it wasn’t nailed down, we probably spray painted it. The weather had also turned cold so drying time would be forever.
But luckily the Ikea catalog had a solution: Cover it with fabric. Duh.
Exhibit B: the fabric. This fabric should look familiar. It’s the same one Ricks used on her folding-screen headboard project featured in a previous column. Because it was 99 cents a yard, she couldn’t resist buying the fabric in off-white and black. She bought four yards of each, so clearly there is enough for lots of projects. Pillows anyone?
This is a really simple project that you can do to repurpose table tops, bookshelves and generally any other kind of flat surface you might have in your house. Once you have identified a surface you want to cover and picked out a fabric you like, all you need is a strong, all-purpose adhesive and/or staple gun, which together cost about $10.
We used a spray adhesive and a staple gun since we had both. Because of the rectangular shape of the tables, it’s easy to get crisp corners and wrap the fabric around the table like a Christmas present. Make certain you have enough fabric on either side to completely cover the top and sides of the surface, or you’ll find yourself wasting fabric.
The legs of our tables screw in to the bottom and we left them bare for contrast. Ricks’ table was larger and sturdier, so we used it as our main coffee table. Reese’s table had a wobbly leg so we ultimately ditched all of her legs — saving them for another upcoming project, of course — and added the tabletop to our television stand.
About 30 to 45 minutes of work and less than $20 netted us two cool tables that bring color and texture into our space without paint. A quick DIY is a done DIY. Git ‘er done.