With Holiday entertaining around the corner, and football season upon us, I was reminded yet again that it would soon be time to use my eyesore of a card table. Being a lover of spray paint, hot glue and all things frugal and crafty, I knew I could bring her back to her glory days. I just needed to decide the look I was going for. It could not be a boring little nip n’ tuck, it needed to be something fantastic, with a huge “wow” factor. A go-big-or-go-home-card-table-makeover.
While picking up summer dishes and entertaining supplies earlier this year I spotted a cute flannel-backed vinyl table cloth while shopping. We ended up not needing it outside this summer on our patio table, and I loved the color and design so I hung onto it in my craft room waiting for inspiration to strike. And strike it did. Enter the paint, Rustoleum’s Hammered Finish Spray Paint in this rich, warm brown. This little makeover was picking up speed.
Card table, the more disgusting the better. Mine had served as my painting table for far too many years while not being used for entertaining.
Spray paint in your color of choice.
Vinyl table cloth or fabric to recover your table top.
Hot glue, scissors, tools to disassemble and reassemble your table.
This is optional, Diet Coke and a large Hershey bar. You can decorate and craft without them but I cannot guarantee fabulous results, create at your own risk.
I removed the table top from the base of the table and applied two coats of this hammered finish spray paint. In the before picture below you can see that the table was already brown, but it was boring. Not sparkly, I like sparkly. So, as the base of the table dried, I moved on to recovering the top. I smoothed out the table cloth on my kitchen island, fired up my glue gun, and placing the table top face down, trimmed around the edges of the table cloth. Gently pulling the vinyl around the edges, I folded it under and glued it down so it would be smooth with no pulling or sagging once the table was back together. You could also purchase vinyl at the fabric store, or use fabric (which would not be waterproof) so I opted for the table cloth, plus it is pretty, and that usually is the deal maker or breaker for me.
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