Before and After Table Makeover

by Diane Henkler on 09/26/2010

Remember the little table from last week?   Well she now has a fresh new look.

I have had some extra time on my hands and got this table makeover completed a bit differently then I has originally planned.

To transform the table I didn’t use any paint,  I used gift-wrap that I found at Kate’s Paperie while I was up in NYC last week.  If you have never been, it is a fun place to find all things paper.   There are 5 stores in Manhattan.  I went to the one on 57th street, between 6th and 7th ave.

Kates Paperie in NYC

Not only is my little table bright and cheery now, but with the addition of a thrift store tray she is super functional, too. We used to have to worry that drink glasses would leave rings on the dark wood and she always looked dirty as every spec of dust showed, even after cleaning with a microfiber cloth.   Not anymore!


Here is my small round table that I bought at the store where I work for $22.00.  She is modern looking and on wheels.  Wheeee…  which I love.  I would like to have all my furniture on wheels if possible, it just makes for easier moving and flexibility.

Furniture Makeovers - Before and After

 I found this tray at a local retirement community that I wrote about when I guest posted over at Finding Fabulous.  You can find the post, here.  It cost me 2 bucks.

Furniture Before and After Ideas



Decorating Ideas using Mod Podge

I used sheets of gift wrap that I found at Kate’s Paperie .   It is called Hatch No. 1648.  I loved it when I saw it, but they didn’t have enough so I went online to Snow & Graham who actually make the paper to get more.  Each sheet is $3.25.  I needed 5 sheets as I wanted to weave strips of it to provide some texture.  If I just placed the paper flat onto the table I would have needed less. 

Furniture Makeovers: Gift Wrapped Table

The tray is the perfect way for me to bring in drinks and food into the family room.   When not in use, it looks like a part of the table.  I looked into the cost of having round glass cut to size for the top and bottom, but it was over $100 to have custom glass cut, so I opted to seal the paper with Mod Podge instead.

Furniture Makeover Ideas - giftwrap table   Furniture Before and After Ideas Gift wrapped table


 The How-to

I measured the side thickness of the wood table top and cut lots of strips from the gift wrap to that measurement.  I then wove the strips together.    Remember when you went to summer camp and you made woven pot holders – same concept but using paper strips and pins on my work table instead of a little loom.  Place the printed side of the gift wrap down when weaving.

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Once I had a big enough woven section I spray glued on a piece of craft paper the diameter of the table so it would be easy to move.  Flip it over and make sure everything is smooth and flat.  Find the correct placement for it on the table and mark if needed. Remove

furniture makeover techniques

Spray glue evenly over table top and then center and carefully place woven gift-wrap on table. Having the craft paper base makes it pretty easy.

Before and After Furniture Ideas

Glue the strips that go over the side to the side of the wood top.  Make sure they are smooth. Cut if necessary to get each piece to lay flat.  Once it is all smooth. Glue one long strip over  the wrapped edge for a finished look.  I then covered the paper with 3 coats of matte Mod Podge to seal it.

furniture makeover techniques with giftwrap

 I used the scraps of the gift wrap and cut them into small squares and then used Mod Podge to attach them to the tray.  I originally painted the tray, but that is not necessary.  I also sealed the gift-wrap on the tray with 3 coats of Mod Podge.  I spray glued a round piece of felt to the bottom of the tray to provide a barrier between the two Mod Podge surfaces.

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 The tray adds so much functionality to my table now - I  love it!  When I get finished with the rest of my family room,(which may take awhile as I have to go back to work tomorrow after being home on medical leave for the past month) this little table is going to look perfect.   I am determined to get it all done – you can follow my progress.  My plan is to have it all done by Thanksgiving. In my next post I am planning on having a giveaway that you won’t want to miss.   Be back then-

Furniture Before and After Ideas


Before and After Furniture Makeover

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1 Stephanie@cre8tive September 26, 2010 at 9:10 pm

OH my! I LOVE it. How smart of you to think to roll it into a room with food on it with a tray! Grand idea, genius actually, I will have to remember that. You did a fabulous job on the weaving of the paper, it really looks beautiful.


2 laura @ ms smartie pants September 26, 2010 at 9:29 pm

I love this!!! I have a table similar in finish and you are so right about the dust, drives me crazy!!! I may have to find me some paper to cover it with!


3 Diana K September 26, 2010 at 9:33 pm

Diane- I love it. What a great looking table and tray. You outdid yourself with this project…and I love the basket weaving idea…especially on something round. Hope your first week back at work is a good one! Hugs- Diana


4 Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal September 26, 2010 at 10:27 pm

Hi Diane, I absolutely love this table. What a great idea. The tray fits perfectly on top and is a great solution to move stuff around . Looks like it was made for the table. I guess it was! Beautiful!


5 Diane September 27, 2010 at 6:17 pm

Hi Anita-

I was pretty psyched when I found the tray at a local retirement community. I didn’t want it to have handles and it needed to have a large enough diameter to be in proportion with the table. I had found lots of regtangular ones up unitl finding this. I always look at the lines of a piece and the tray was classic – just needed a update in color and design. Thanks for the compliment.


6 Suz September 27, 2010 at 12:09 am

Hi D…thanks for the butternut Squash tip…still haven’t tackled it yet maybe today lol
WOW! what a fabulous table and dish ensemble hehe…stunning and thanks again given me another idea!
Hugs Suz UK


7 Suz September 27, 2010 at 12:11 am

PS…Glad to read you’re feeling better x


8 Diane September 27, 2010 at 6:08 pm

Hi Suz-
Thanks First day back to work was not too bad. Lots to catch up on and organize as I need to start putting the Christmas displays up on Oct 1!!!!


9 Lilianna Grace September 27, 2010 at 12:53 am

Wow! Great work! I never could have thought of that, and it all started with $2! That’s sooo cool!


10 Jan September 27, 2010 at 5:04 am

I am impressed. I kind of liked the table “before”, then when I saw the “after”, I was amazed. I’m so curious as to how you came to the decision to “weave” the paper. It really worked beautifully.


11 Diane September 27, 2010 at 6:06 pm

Hi Jan-

I didn’t want to lay the giftwrap straight on the table – air bubbles and wrinkles always seem to pop up. Weaving strips of the wrap allows some air to get under the paper at every intersection of the weave and no air bubbles. The other reason was that I wanted to add texture to the surface. You can’t see it from the photos, but there is a slight texture raised from the weave which justs adds a liitle more interest. I was inspired to so this when I saw a floor mat that was made of woven leather. I just loved the look of it.


12 Patricia September 27, 2010 at 7:53 am

That table looks great. I love the paper you chose. I don’t know where you get your ideas from. I’m still trying to spark my creativity.


13 Stefanie@IvyRoad September 27, 2010 at 8:36 am

Wow!! You did an amazing job, I wouldnt have thought it was the same table! Great choice of paper as well.

I wish we had a few shops like that here in Alabama.


14 Diane September 27, 2010 at 6:00 pm

Hi Stefanie-

It is a fun place to shop, but they do have an online store which I know isn’t nearly as inspiring as the actual store, but they do have some nice stuff online also – and the gift-wrap can also be purchased from


15 Meg September 27, 2010 at 9:42 am

It’s so cute! What a great idea. Great job!


16 Pam September 27, 2010 at 9:50 am

What an amazing transformation. The table and tray were cute before but now, wow!


17 Diane September 27, 2010 at 5:56 pm

Hi Pam -
It was a liitle difficult spraying the spray glue on the tabletop as the table was not ugly, just dark. Once I did that I was committed. The table had such nice lines is the main reason I bought it. The tray- a classic just needed some updating. Thanks!


18 Toni September 27, 2010 at 10:35 am

Diane-I just love how the table turned out…now I’m inspired to create something from my Paris paper from Kate’s Paperie!


19 Diane September 27, 2010 at 5:53 pm

Hi Toni-

It will look divine in your kitchen, we will have to brainstorm through a few different ideas.


20 La September 27, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Wow! This is a pretty dramatic before and after. It turned out great! La


21 Heather September 27, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Wow love the transformation so nice! Great idea I would love if you linked it to my linky party!


22 Diane September 27, 2010 at 5:51 pm

Hi Heather -

I linked up to your party. Thanks for the invite.


23 pamela September 27, 2010 at 2:20 pm

Oh wow. I want to try this since I’m sure you don’t want to give up that great table. :) This is a fun look and that paper is so perfect.
I want to share this with my readers. Would you consider linking up to one of my first linky parties at Becolorful?


24 Lallee September 27, 2010 at 3:55 pm

Now, that is just neat! I never would have thought of doing that. You taught me something. Enjoy!


25 Leah September 27, 2010 at 6:09 pm

Popping in from itsablogparty. Great post, the table has so much character now, and the fact that it’s so functional is the icing on the cake!


26 The Polka Dot Closet September 27, 2010 at 11:19 pm

Wow! Now that is a fabulous transformation, that was a lot of work, but worth every minute!



27 Rachel September 28, 2010 at 3:54 pm

That’s gorgeous! I love that it’s wrapping paper- how creative! Thanks so much, I’ll be linking.


28 gigi September 28, 2010 at 9:22 pm

“Furniture” makeover


29 Yanet September 30, 2010 at 2:04 am

That looks really hip! Great job.


30 Bridget September 30, 2010 at 9:10 am

Holy Cow that’s a lot of work! It came out awesome!


31 Krista September 30, 2010 at 11:02 am

I saw your link on Somewhat Simple and I love this project. Very creative.


32 Laurie at House to your Home September 30, 2010 at 8:38 pm

Wow! I’ve never seen anything like this done ever! It looks amazing!


33 kathie September 30, 2010 at 9:05 pm

WOW. Really, I’ve never seen anything like it, it is just fabulous! How creative~ I’m storing this idea away for future use!!


34 Stephanie Lynn October 4, 2010 at 3:43 am

Diane – This is simply gorgeous! I love the pattern. So clever and creative. Fantastic job! I’ll be featuring this tomorrow – Stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Thanks for linking to The Sunday Showcase – I greatly appreciate it! Hope you have a fabulous week! ~ Stephanie Lynn


35 Anna K. October 14, 2010 at 8:57 pm

I’m in awe, Diane! I love everything about this! Genius touch with the addition of the tray on top…and the paper treatment…and the- Well, I could go on and on! It’s beautiful.

I trust that you’re feeling better and will continue to have good health as you return to work. :o)


36 Pamela October 16, 2010 at 12:58 am

Ooooh ooooh ooooh. I saw this last week and I copied the image into my inspiration folder. You can imagine how excited I was to see it linked up to my Motivated Monday post at Becolorful. Love it. Thanks for joining in.


37 Jan October 24, 2010 at 3:20 am


You know how much I loved this project! I have featured it on my blog as a “Boardwalk Bookmark”, with a direct link back to this post on your blog. You may enjoy taking a look at it and, of course, feel free to take a button. Again — I want to share with you my appreciation for your talent and creativity!


38 Linda October 24, 2010 at 11:17 pm

Hi Diane~ just hopped over from Bobbypins Boardwalk~ I love this creative project and have enjoyed reading your wonderful blog! I am a new follower!


39 Mod Podge Amy April 18, 2011 at 10:14 am

Diane, you are brilliant. I love this so much! The paper choice is awesome – and that tray . . . yay!


40 Lou Moore May 24, 2011 at 8:29 pm

I absolutely LOVE everything you do!!!!! Hope to try this chandelier remake this summer!!!!


41 Natalie July 1, 2011 at 9:30 pm

This is fantastic! I am somehow just discovering you now and I think I have no less than 8 tabs open with all of your projects!! Each one keeps getting better and better! Definitely a new follower! You are a genius!


42 Nia July 3, 2011 at 7:06 am

Do you think I could do this to my cheap Ikea dining table? It don’t think I can paint it–it is a cheap veneer. I hate the finish but the set was on 50.00 on craigslist so I have been hesitant to replace it.


43 Diane July 5, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Hi Nia -
You can paint veneer -you just have to use a gripping primer. Glidden makes a good one and they sell it at Home Depot. It is called Glidden Gripping Primer. Ben Moore has one called Aqua Grip. I would lightly sand the veneer to roughen it up just a little. Nothing too drastic. Clean it with a tack cloth and then put on a light coat of the gripping primer with a good quality roller. Once that is dry apply one more light coat of the primer over the first. Let it dry and then you can paint it with latex paint. I would use a satin or semi-gloss depending on how much sheen you desire on the piece. Use a 1 -2″ Purdy angled brush to get into any crevices or small areas that the roller can’t get to. The key to painting veneer is all in the prep and primer. The mantel in my dining room was all veneer and I primed and painted it many many years ago. It still looks good. I hope this helps you.


44 Nia July 5, 2011 at 10:52 pm

Thank you so much, Diane! I am gathering my courage now that I have a plan. I am ex-military; I have spent nights in bullet-ridden barracks in Kuwait where I slept like a baby, but the thought of tackling that Bjursta table with paint has had me quaking in my boots, lol.


45 O. Leath December 3, 2011 at 11:42 pm

You are so inspiring. Thank you for sharing your talents. You have not done one project that I did not adore. I have some very old empty frames that were once my grandmother’s. They are in very poor condition (i.e. no backs, no glass, gold leaf mostly worn away) but I would love to turn them into something great! Any suggestions?
O. Leath


46 Shirley Korade July 23, 2012 at 12:19 pm


Love your blog. It is my favorite and this table has captured my imagination as I have a few shabby furniture pieces crying out for a new look. Unfortunately, I have been unable to locate Hatch 1648 anywhere. I fear it might be gone for good. Still waiting for a reply from Snow and Graham.

Keep inspiring us. Visiting your blog is always fun and get my creative juices flowing!


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