Northwest #2: Janewheniordercoffee's Turntable-Inspired Table Re-Cover

Name: janewheniordercoffee
Location: Sacramento
Time: About 3-4 hours, including the trip to the store
Cost: $22, since I had to replace my lost staple gun


Tell us the tools and resources you used for the project:

A former roommate broke the glasstop inlay of our table, so a while back we had dug an old sheet of plywood out of someone's basement. A trip to a basic fabric store and a basic craft store provided the white vinyl and a staple gun. I also used a pencil, straight-edge, regular and jumbo sharpie and a pair of scissors from home. And a book called 'Scratch Graphique,' for reference.


Share step-by-step instructions for how you completed the project:

  • 1. I upholstered the plywood with the vinyl, which felt more like an oversized book-cover job than upholstery. I just wrapped the top side with fabric and stapled it to the underside.
  • 2. My dj-boyfriend lived in France for a while and came home with this book (which I cannot read) about dj scratch notation. As graphic designers we're both interested in the problem of visualizing sounds or sound-making -- and it's a lovely-looking system. I looked at some sample notations and put a sequence together myself, and hand-lettered it in pencil directly onto the vinyl. (Rigorous design foundation training involving hand-painting typefaces made this easy enough.) Apparently, the sequence I wrote is pretty tricky, but not impossible.


  • 3. I filled in the tight spaces and edges with the smaller-tipped sharpie first, then filled in the bigger spaces with the jumbo sharpie.
  • 4. I went back and erased the few spots where sketchlines still showed up, and left the windows open for a few hours. (Man, that marker!)