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Give a coffee table a makeover

Here's an easy way to give any coffee table and instant makeover... with wallpaper and upholstery nails. A plain white-painted coffee table goes from average to amazing and one-of-a-kind in an hour, and you can do the same with any coffee table.


Whilst I found this on one of those sites that seem to copy everything from everyone, I'm pretty sure a crafty chick put a lot of work into this project. So, if it's yours, please let me know, as I can't see the complete name.


Vinyl wallpaper
Spray adhesive
ModPodge / clear sealer
Scissors or craft knife
Upholstery nails
Tape measure + pencil



Make sure that the table is clean before you start. A good idea is to wipe down with handy andy, wipe clean and dry.

1. Measure out how much wallpaper you will need to cover the top of the table, fit on the sides and be folded underneath the table. It's pretty much like wrapping a present, with neatly folded corners, but you will need to trim off any excess to ensure that all the pieces can be stuck down.

2. Press the wallpaper onto the table top and use a fingertip to mark the edges. This will make it easier when it comes to sticking down the wallpaper.

3. Spray the table top and sides with sprayable adhesive.

4. Starting at one end, start sticking the wallpaper onto the table. You need to avoid air bubbles, so work slowly and use a dry cloth to help smooth out from the centre to the edges as you continue to apply to the top. Don't stick down the sides just yet.

5. To ensure that the edges stay permanently stuck, apply a small spray of adhesive to these - leave for a few minutes before sticking down. This double-layer of adhesive will ensure the edges stay stuck!

Do the spraying outdoors and cover the bottom section of the table with newspaper and masking tape to protect from overspray.

6. Using a foam roller, apply 2 to 3 coats of ModPodge or clear acrylic sealer to the top and sides of the table. Let each coat dry before applying the next coat, and if you want an ultra-smooth finish, lightly sand the first and second coats with 1000-grit sandpaper.

7. Instead of using individual upholstery nails, you can now buy these in strips and it makes it so much easier to apply these in a straight line. Gently tap into the top of the table to add a decorative edge.


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