Every now and then you come across a table or desk in a thrift store that would be perfect if not for the totally messed up top. Sanding is messy and not always an option so follow Nichole's lead and decoupage fabric to the table top. It creates a bold look (as you'll see after the jump) and it's an easy way to cover up a bad finish…
Now, before I stir the ire of the wood-should-never-be-painted-let-alone-covered-with-fabric purists among us, let's just admit that sometimes it's not possible to sand and refinish furniture. For those of us without garages or workshops, sanding in the apartment is just a big fat mess. If you've ever tried it, you know what I mean. If you haven't tried sanding in your apartment, here's a tip: cover every single thing (including your pets) and prepare for a lot of dust!
Nichole, from Parlour, picked up this beautiful table with the great legs but battered top at an estate sale for $50 (cat not inclluded). She didn't want to sand it in her apartment and she didn't want to lug it down three flights of stairs to do it outside so she came up with another way of transforming the top. To give the table new life, Nichole covered the top with fabric. Using a few different kinds of glue, Nichole adhered the fabric directly to the tabletop and then topped it all off with four coats of polyurethane and a coat of spray sealant. I love the bold print, which is further enhanced by the white chairs Nichole has paired with the table.
Check out the full post over on Nichole's blog — Parlour: Decoupaging with Fabric.