The DIY Designer: How to fix a tabletop with wrapping paper

Authored By rainonatinroofblog

I picked up this table at a yard sale a few months back.

Initially, I thought I would just do a quick flip of it. I was going to paint it a simple white and make the handle gold, something that would appeal to many people.

After I had sanded it and attempted to fill the gouges and scratches with wood putty, the tabletop refused to smooth out. The table decided it would not be a quick flip. No, no, no. It decided it had been forgotten for far too long and needed something more.

Remember, no project ever goes as planned.

I gave up and tossed it to the side for a couple weeks until I was at Home Goods one day and found some gorgeous green- and white-striped wrapping paper for only $4 (stores like Home Goods, T.J. Maxx and Marshall’s always have great wrapping paper at awesome prices). I bought the paper knowing it would look great on the table and would fix that whole tabletop issue.

Wait. Did you say you were going to cover a table in wrapping paper?

Yes. Yes, I did.

But before covering the top in wrapping paper, I decided the table needed more color to go along with that pop of green. I pulled out the paint I used on my daughter’s dresser in the nursery and gave the legs and sides a couple coats of the coral color. I painted the bottom shelf white. I didn’t want the table to be overwhelming with too much color.

After the paint dried, I brought the table inside and laid the wrapping paper over the top to get an idea of what size to cut it down to.

Once I cut it out, I put a coat of Mod Podge on the tabletop, laid the paper on top and pressed it down well. Then, I gave the wrapping paper top a few coats of Mod Podge to protect it. I put the Mod Podge along the edges as well and pressed the paper under the top as I went.

While waiting for the Mod Podge to dry, I gave the handle a simple coat of gold spray paint, as originally planned.

The combination of coral and the green stripes was a huge hit. This little lady sold within 30 minutes of being listed. Read more about this fantastic little coral and green table here.

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Jenna LaFevor rants on at Rain on a Tin Roof about DIY projects, junk décor, thrifty finds, crafty creations and other decorating dilemmas. She went to UTC, where she got a teaching degree that now collects dust. When she isn’t trying to keep her kid from climbing out of the circus ring or making sure her husband’s shirts are taken to the dry cleaners so she gets out of ironing, she can be found with a paintbrush in one hand and a cheap beer in the other. But if you’re buying, she’ll have a cosmopolitan. You can email her at [email protected]; or you can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter @raintinroofblog or at her blog. The opinions expressed in this column belong solely to the author, not or its employees.