Card Table Makeover

It’s Pinterest Challenge: winter edition time, my friends!  Let’s get this party started!

My project for this challenge is (drum roll, please) a card table makeover.

card table makeover

My pinspiration was this card table which was covered with a vinyl tablecloth.  Very clever.  I would have gone this route had I not had a bunch of extra fabric (Waverly Parterre) from a recent project.  I saw this as being responsible and putting the fabric to use instead of hoarding storing it.  A trip to JoAnn Fabric for some vinyl, and I was ready to glam up the table.

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Card tables are boring.  Here’s our snoozefest of a black card table and chairs.  These definitely wouldn’t leave an impression at a potluck.

black card table

Start by flipping the table on its top and removing the screws.

how to reupholster a card table

Then, pull the black vinyl off the table top.  Try not to let your staples fly everywhere.

how to recover card table

Flip the table top over.  Lay your fabric on top of the thin layer of padding.  Situate your fabric accordingly.  This will be more difficult if you have a large, symmetrical pattern– keep your tape measure and sanity handy.

fabric covered card table

Once you have your fabric aligned, flip the table top over and begin to hot glue the fabric.  You can staple the fabric, but I felt more comfortable hot gluing the fabric.

how to make over a card table

Flip over your table top once you’ve glued down the edges of the fabric.

reupholstered card table

Optional: lint roll your fabric.  Recommended if you own a shed-tastic dog or cat.

recover a card table

Grab your vinyl, lay it on your table top, and trim it so there’s about an inch of overhang.

I bought one and a half yards of 4 gauge clear vinyl from JoAnn Fabric.  I believe it was $3-4 per yard.  I used a 40% off coupon so I got mine for less than $5.  Use those 40% off coupons, people.

how do you reupholster a card table

Flip the table top over again.  Staple the edges of the vinyl to the bottom of the table top.  Make sure your staples are the appropriate length.

card table makeover

Once you’ve stapled down the vinyl, flip over the table top, and reattach the table top to the frame with the screws.  And you’re done!

Your revamped card table will be the talk of Bunco, bridge, Pinochle, or whatever it is you play with your peeps.

card table makeover with fabric

And because everyone loves a before and after side by side image.

card table makeover before and after

You could also recover the chairs but I’m not that ambitious.  The table was enough for me.


The Pinterest Challege: Winter Edition is hosted by Katie from Bower Power, Sherry from Young House Love (my BFF), Megan from The Remodeled Life, and my blog buddy Michelle from Decor and the Dog.

What do you think about the card table makeover?
Think it’s something you’d try?
Did you participate in the Pinterest Challenge?  If so, I’m excited to check out what you created!

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Simple Holiday Table Setting

It’s already time for the second round in the Dare to DIY challenge.  This week’s theme?   Entertain.

I created this sparkly bird themed centerpiece for our kitchen island.  AND I used everything I already owned so, like my Thanksgiving bunting, this project cost a whole $0.  That meant more money in my pocket for Black Friday sales.

 I grabbed a silver sequin placement I’ve had for a few years and plopped my Ikea lantern on top.  But I didn’t wuss out and throw in a candle.  No, no.  I grabbed some moss, a fake bird nest, a glass bird ornament (complete with tail feathers) and put them inside the lantern.  Then I placed a tealight candle on each corner of the placemat   Boom.  When in doubt, put a bird on it.  Or in it.

Deciding to go the extra mile, I put out two table settings (with things I already owned).  An over achiever I am.

I used a silver beaded placemat from Kohls, silver charger from Micheal’s, my late aunt’s Silver Moon china, white napkin, and a glittery pine cone ornament (last year at Kohls) for each place setting.

Here are a couple romantical nighttime photos of the centerpiece.

There you have it.  Will you dare to entertain on Monday morning?  I just proved that it’s pretty simple, so you really don’t have an excuse.

Need some extra inspiration?  See how Kim, Michelle, and Rachel entertained.

Are you planning to participate in Monday’s challenge?
Do you believe in the ‘put a bird on it’ motto?