Almost everyone I know has those plain boring metal folding tables. You can update your metal folding table on a budget to fit almost any home décor setting. These simple steps will also help restore a metal folding table to a better state then it was when brand new!
At the end of the article I will give you tips for updating a metal folding table an dincoporating it ina child’s bedroom or bursery!
To Update a Metal Folding Table ona Budget You Will Need:
Sewing machine or No Sew
Small 2 inch paint brush
The first step if to of course clean your outdated or damaged metal folding table. You can scrape of any rust on the legs with steel wool The rest of the metal folding table hsoudl be cleaned with an ammonia based cleaner.
Now, once yoru metal folding table is clean you can start by spraying ona coat of Kilz Spray paint primer. I like to do this step for a variety of reasons.
The primer will give you a clean, fresh, and bright work surface to transfrm completely. Of course this step is optional, but there is a lot to be said for a clean surface to decorate
Now, measure how wide and tall each leg is.
Cut out one strip of fabric for each leg. These strips of fabric should be twice as long as your metal folding table leg is tall.
Each strip should also be about 4 inches wider than your metal folding table leg. When measuring your table leg, do not forget to times th enumbe rby two. After all , there will be a fonrt and back of the table leg.
I recommend taking a piece of string and wrapping it around the metal folding table leg. Measure how wide the string is and then add four inches.
Now, take each strip of fabric. You want to hem each end. A simple fold of the fabric will be fine at each end. Use no sew or your sewing machine to sew the hem down.
Now, fold each strip of fabric over, lengthwise, in half. You should now have 4 very long and very narrow strips of fabric.
Sew the open edge of the long side together. Again, sewing will be best, but you can always try the no Sew or heat bond product.
Leave each short end open.
Now, turn the four tunnels to sleeves of fabric inside out.
Set these aside.
Now, start ripping your tissue paper, wrapping paper, or scrapbook paper into small pieces about 2 to three inches square.
Use the decoupage medium to adhere these to the top of the table surface. Be sure to add plenty of decoupage medium to make sure the paper really sticks.
Once the decoupage medium has dried on your budget metal folding table update, then you are ready to cover the legs.
Slip one strip of fabric over each leg.
At the top and the bottom tie ach slip of baric to the metal folding table legs to hold into place!
As you can see you can completely updater your metal folding table to fit almost any home decor from shabby chic, retro, traditional, and even with a sports theme.
To make this a child height table simple use a hand saw or jig saw ot shorten the metal legs. The sew your leg covers. Be sure to sand any rough ends smooth first of course!