How many of you have an old folding table you use for overflow seating? Every time I get mine out, I immediately cover it with a makeshift linen to hide its ghastly appearance. This month on Upholstery Basics, we transform a weathered card table into a checkerboard, and whether you’re a checker champion or not, you’ll be inspired to spray on a new coat of paint and piece together your own design to create a table that’s ready to bare it all. — Amanda
Read the full how-to after the jump . . .
- staple remover
- measuring tape
- sewing machine
- t-pins or hand stapler
- staple gun
- 5/32″ staples
Don’t forget to check out Upholstery Basics: Tool Time to learn more about the tools we’re using today.
1. Remove the table top from the frame and use pliers and a staple remover to remove the old vinyl.
2. To make the checkerboard, we’ll need 32 squares of white and black vinyl plus 4 pieces that we’ll sew together to make the border around the edge. My table is 29″ square, so I have 3″ x 3″ checker squares with a 2.5″ border all the way around. The border pieces are 3″ thick (2.5″ border + .5″ seam allowance) with an additional 1″ flap on the outside edge for pulling and stapling to the back of the table top.
Always draw on the backside of the vinyl so it doesn’t rub off, and be sure to add a .5″ seam allowance to the sewn edges before cutting out the pieces.
14. When the top is sewn together, follow steps 9–12 from Dining Chair Do-Over to attach the fabric to the table top.
- Use a non-porous material like vinyl for easy cleaning.
- Since vinyl is stretchy, generously pin or hand staple your fabric pieces together to keep them lined up.
- These table tops are usually made of thin pieces of Masonite. Adjust the length of your staples so they don’t go all the way through the board.
- If your table top screws onto the frame, avoid covering the screw holes with the fabric when you staple.