I purchased this 1960's folding card table and chairs from an estate sale for $20. The table top and seats were covered in avocado vinyl that looked like it hadn't been cleaned since its last party, 40 years ago. The way the table is constructed, the center of the table top is level with the outer rim, therefore I couldn't substitute tile or mosaic for the vinyl because it wouldn't be level. The best solution I found was laminating fabric.
To bring this classic furniture back to life but keep its retro flair, I used funky fabric to redo the table and chairs. Iron-on vinyl laminate was the perfect solution to restoring the retro look and retaining the functional attributes of an easy to clean surface. Iron-on laminate can be purchased in rolls at craft stores.
For more photos, details, and a cost breakdown, check out Cristin's blog, Eve of Reduction.
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(Images: Cristin Frank)