How To: Children’s Table "Repurpose"

I had a number of requests asking me how I made the table that was shown on my Instagram feed.... So here are the details! 

First of all, I decided I wanted a place for the twins to play in my office, even though they are still a little small to really sit at a table and engage in an activity. I ordered a super basic children’s table from Toys R Us - honestly I chose one that was on sale and was one of the more inexpensive ones available to start with. It was all white, which I personally liked because it would match the rest of the decor and furniture in my office. After my husband graciously put it together and we placed it in the office I was pretty underwhelmed with the entire thing. Not exactly sure what I was expecting but that was not it! Also, I imagined my boys scribbling all over it and it would look like trash after one use. I thought about how I could protect it... Paint? Some sort of sealant? I needed something quick and easy, something that I could do during my short window of “free time” when the boys napped. After browsing Pinterest for a while I came up with a plan!!! 

Here is the table we started with!

Step 1: Measure the top of the table and chairs. 

Step 2: Find a thick paper that would cover the entire top surface(s). I personally browsed Paper Source for a cute wrapping paper - I knew they would have a great selection and it would fit my measurements for the pieces. I ordered the Heroes and Villains paper - 4 sheets just in case I made a mistake! 

Step 3: Mod Podge - I had some, it is the antique version but it worked just fine. I put Mod Podge on the top of the chairs and the tables, set the wrapping paper on top and put it down. Then I used a credit card to make sure all the bubbles were out and let it dry for 10-15 minutes. I put three coats of Mod Podge on top of each area, letting it dry between each layer.

 

 

Let me know if you have any questions! I'd be happy to answer and would LOVE to see what you guys come up with. 


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