So you’re probably going to think I’m crazy, but I got this idea in my head for my kitchen table makeover and I couldn’t let it go.
Often I’ll see the finished project so clearly in my mind, but sometimes it can take quite a while for me to figure out how to get to there.
That was definitely the case with this project.
Here’s the before… before the kitchen chairs makeover.
The table has seen better days so I decided I wanted to cover it with something permanent, and the best way to do that is with decoupage.
But first I wanted to paint the table so I gave it a light sanding.
For the top I’m using the same ReStore white paint that I used on the kitchen walls and on the faux tile backsplash.
And I panted the legs and skirt the same blue as the chairs and the china cabinet.
Then it sat for a few weeks while I tried to figure out the best way to get the look that I wanted.
I felt that the kitchen really needed something floral. I could see it in my mind, and then I saw it in the dollar store… on this $2 flannel-backed vinyl tablecloth.
It was perfect.
With four cats in the house it’s pretty impossible to keep a fabric tablecloth on the table for any given length of time without it getting damaged or ending up on the floor.
So I use these tablecloths all the time, but even they’ll be damaged by those razored cat paws eventually.
But I’ve never liked all the extra hanging over the sides… so I got this idea for a permanent cat-proof tablecloth.
When it first came to me I thought… no you can’t do that. It won’t work.
Then I kicked that nay-saying side of me in the butt and got to work. 🙂
I cut it down closer to the size of the table.
Here it is all ready to go.
Did you know that you can de-flannel a vinyl tablecloth?
I had no idea until I tried. It came off very easily by just grabbing and pulling with my fingers.
The flannel made the tablecloth a little spongy so I removed as much as I could. I was concerned that the flannel would affect how the mod podge adhered to the vinyl. This took about a half hour, so not too bad really.
One day I’ll try to do this for a project without removing the flannel just to see how it goes.
About a grocery bag full.
I’ll save it for stuffing a pillow or something.
I made sure the vinyl felt nice and smooth to me before moving on. If I felt any little lumps or bumps I removed them.
Then I grabbed my mod podge, a brush, and a brayer.
I spread the mod podge over half of the table and folded the tablecloth over that.
I had to move really fast because MP can dry very quickly.
I smoothed it out as much as I could with my hands….
and with my brayer.
I did the same to the other half of the table.
When the undercoat of MP was dry I trimmed the tablecloth with an sharp xacto knife, following the decorative lip of the table.
Then I applied three layers of MP to the top and let it dry for about 2 hours between coats.
Here what the set looked like before.
It went nicely with my old kitchen, but really needed a makeover to go with the new colour scheme.
And here’s the finished table and chairs set.
After letting the mod podge cure for a week I added two coats of the same Stays Clear polyurethane that I used on my decoupaged recipe countertops.
This project was kind of an experiment because I’ve never decoupaged with vinyl before.
Would I do this on an antique table or one that’s in beautiful condition? Probably not. But this beat up old table was the perfect candidate to give this a try.
There is some wrinkling here and there that came with the vinyl tablecloth. That might bother a perfectionist, but I don’t mind in the least. For me that just adds some personality and character. You don’t really notice them until you look real close.
I’m a jump in the deep end kinda gal, but if you’re unsure you could easily test decoupage a small piece of a vinyl tablecloth on a spare piece of wood to see if you like the look.
It seems to have adhered beautifully and it feels nice and hard on the table.
The only thing I’ll have to be careful of I think is placing things on it that are super hot, but I’m pretty sure you shouldn’t be doing that on a vinyl tablecloth anyway. 🙂
I usually use pot holders or place mats so that shouldn’t be a problem.
And, of course, food should not be placed directly on it. Food safe dishes should always be used.
The beauty of this is I have an everyday look that makes me smile, but I can easily change it temporarily anytime I like by using a real tablecloth on top.
And most importantly, my permanent cat-proof tablecloth is staying put. My four feline friends will have to find some other mischief to get into. lol.
The tablecloth really shows off the curves of the table, which I never really noticed before, and the chairs aren’t hidden with the tablecloth overhang.
I absolutely love my table now, and I’m so glad I tried this even though I had no idea how it would turn out.
Sometimes you just have to go for it! 🙂 If you don’t you’ll never know.
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