{Guest Post} DIY Kid-Friendly Dining Room Table Transformation

by Melody on May 30, 2012

Hello there TBFL readers! My name is Amber and I blog over at Love at Home. I am a firefighter’s wife, mommy to two wee ones and food enthusiast. I spend my free time {when I have it} refinishing furniture or working on my latest DIY.

I’m thrilled to be here today sharing an affordable, kid-friendly dining table transformation.

We moved into a new place recently with an eat-in dining area right off the kitchen. The only major problem was that this new space was lacking some style, color, and contrast (look at how those dining chairs blend right into the buffet).

This kitchen table was my husband’s grandparents. I found it buried in our old workshop and refinished it awhile back (in “Heirloom White” by Rustoleum). It’s taken a lot of abuse from my little family over the last several months, thus began the plan to create a more durable, semi-permanent table-top surface, in addition to a few other changes for this space.

My plan to bring “life” to this space:

1. Create a new stylish, table-top surface that is kid-friendly and durable.

2. Paint my Drexel buffet (sitting along the back wall) to provide contrast.

3. Add a small valance above the window.

4. Find an affordable rug to switch out my current one with.

I’m here today to show you how I tackled #1 on my list.

Here’s what you’ll need:

I discovered oilcloth several months back and it’s been lingering in the back of my mind as a great material for families with small children. Oilcloth has come a long way since it’s first use in the 18th century as a floor and roof covering. It still has the durability, waterproofing and flexibility that makes it so utilitarian, but now we aren’t limited to the tacky floral or fruit prints that many of us remember in our grandmother’s kitchens.

Now we have gorgeous, modern prints available like these ones I found in my local quilting store.

Aren’t those fab prints? Oilcloth ranges in price from $10-$40/yard. The fabric I selected was $22.75/yard and I needed two yards, costing me under $50 for this table transformation.

Okay, let’s get to this tutorial. It’s really a no-brainer, but here’s how I went about it.

Lay your fabric on your table.

Tape up all four sides to the underside of the table, to hold the fabric in place

And now for some action shots! I got under the table and laid on my back, pulling the fabric taut and stapling it every 2-3 inches. 

I had a lot of excess fabric, so I trimmed along the way. Staple, trim. Staple, trim. Staple, trim.

I worked my way all the way around until I got this fabulous, durable, kid-friendly tabletop.

Stylish. Functional. Family-friendly.

I can now check off that first task item on the list. Woo hoo!

1. Create a new stylish, table-top surface that is kid-friendly and durable.
2. Paint my Drexel buffet (sitting along the back wall) to provide contrast.
3. Add a small valance above the window.
4. Find an affordable rug to switch out my current one with.

Thanks for letting me share this fun dining table re-do with you all!  You can follow me here to see the rest of the changes to our quaint dining room.

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Emilie May 30, 2012 at 9:05 pm

This is brilliant. I was just complaining about my awful table this week! I’m so doing this.

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Shirley K. May 30, 2012 at 11:28 pm

This looks nice but there is no way I’m stapling anything to my antique walnut dining table. I’ll just leave it covered with the sheet of heavy clear plastic (from the fabric store) under a table cloth.

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Teresa May 31, 2012 at 10:20 am

I love the Quilting Loft!! They are so helpful and I could spend hours looking at their fabrics. Nice table Amber!

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Jenny May 31, 2012 at 12:59 pm

I LOVE how this looks. It seems like a stylish way to protect a table you love and something you can always take off and redo when you’re ready for a new color or design.

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Miss Jay May 31, 2012 at 9:32 pm

Super clever! Any ideas for what to do if your table has leaves??

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Melody May 31, 2012 at 9:34 pm

We actually did this to our table several months ago in just a plain black. Our table did have leaves and we just sacrificed them. We seriously use them once or twice a year so it was an easy decision for us. My husband had mentioned that he might have been able to wrap each individual piece in a separate piece of oilcloth, but then you would have seams. Ours has really held up, we’ve been so happy!

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