Table Makeover with Mod Podge and Wrapping Paper – Easy and Cheap

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I am so happy to be getting back in the groove of things and show you guys a project of mine.

A colorful and favorite project of mine.

A table makeover with Mod Podge and wrapping paper.

Great idea for fixing a too-far-gone tabletop! Wrapping Paper Topped Table Makeover via

I never could have imagined that this table would end up so cute in the end.

Great idea for fixing a too-far-gone tabletop! Wrapping Paper Topped Table Makeover via

I picked it up at a yard sale a few months back. Initially, I thought I would just do a quick flip of it. I was going to paint it a simple white and make the handle gold.

The table decided it would not be a quick flip. No, no, no. It decided it had been forgotten for far too long and needed something more.

After I had sanded it and attempted to fill the gouges and scratches with putty, the table top surface just would not become smooth.

I gave up and tossed it to the side for a couple weeks until I was at Home Goods one day and found some gorgeous green and white striped wrapping paper. I bought the paper knowing it would look great on the table.

After looking at the green in the wrapping paper, I decided the table needed some more color to go along with that pop of green. I pulled out the paint I used on my daughter’s dresser in the nursery and gave the legs and sides a couple coats of Salmon Pink by Behr. I painted the bottom shelf white. I didn’t want there to be too much of a good thing with the coral.

Next, I brought the table inside and laid the wrapping paper over the top to get an idea of what size to cut it down to.

Great idea for fixing a too-far-gone tabletop! Wrapping Paper Topped Table Makeover via

Sorry for the terrible lighting photo, but literally, that’s all I did, lay it on the table and cut it out.

Once I cut it out, I put a coat of mod podge on the table top, laid the paper on top and gave the top a few coats of Mod Podge to protect it. I put the mod podge along the edges as well and pressed the paper under the top as I went.

Great idea for fixing a too-far-gone tabletop! Wrapping Paper Topped Table Makeover via

I gave the handle a coat of gold spray paint.

Where did she go, you ask?

Oh, she only sold within 30 minutes of being listed.

No, I’m not kidding. I told you she was fabulous.


Great idea for fixing a too-far-gone tabletop! Wrapping Paper Topped Table Makeover via

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  1. says

    Love it! Seriously, I just bought a table very similar for $6 at a thrift shop and painted the whole thing. I never even considered Mod Podge… but now I will! Look out Homegoods, Marshalls, Ross, TJ Maxx… I’m coming for your wrapping paper! haha Coming over from Life Inspired. :)

  2. says

    Wow, Jenna, I LOVE this table and this idea. The colors look so great together, the whole piece is gorgeous and really pops. I’m off to buy some wrapping paper…who knew?? PS- your hydrangeas aren’t bad either! 😉

  3. JaneEllen says

    Oh you are a life saver featuring this gorgeous table re-do. It looks so pretty and in my favorite colors.
    Couple of weeks ago I acquired a table very similar to yours to fix up, hopefully sell. Been going back and forth on what I’d do with it, you have rescued me. I hope mine comes half as pretty as yours. You sure have inspired me. Just have to get some more sand paper so I can clean it up correctly. Did you use chalk paint or plain old paint? The top of mine has an insert with veneer so have to make it look pretty. Just might try the paper route as you did. Happy days

  4. Beth says

    Yes she is FABULOUS! And she is perfect on my new screened in porch! I will have to post a pic! Thanks so much!

  5. says

    Gorgeous! I would have never thought to use wrapping paper like that. I too have a nightstand that has been pushed in a corner for far too long. It’s got great bones I just don’t have the right vision for it. This really opens up my options.
    Thanks for sharing.

  6. says

    Thank you for linking up at my Furniture and Paint Party! I love these colors together, what a fun table!
    Hope to see you again Wednesday 8PM!

  7. says

    LOVE IT!! I’m workin’ on a sofa table using the same color combos and I’m happy to see how GREAT it looks. Pinning your project!!

  8. says

    Hey Jenna! Thanks for linking up to Life Inspired. I am featuring your project tomorrow 😉 I love the transformation and the colors you used!! -Kelsey

  9. says

    She DOES look fabulous! super makeover with a great updated look on this old table Jenna!
    Hey… did our paths cross at Haven? I don’t remember meeting you… that makes me sad. :(
    catching you!

  10. says

    TOTALLY fabulous. I wouldn’t have looked twice at the before table. The colors you chose are so perfect. Totally in love, and not surprised you sold it so quickly.

  11. says

    Hi Jenna,

    This is gorgeous. I love it. We are featuring this post in our Top 10 Post Features from Pin It Monday hop. It will be published this Thursday :)


  12. says

    Oooooohhhh! I may have looked at this before, but I can’t remember! Gorgeous!! My wrapping paper(s) are jealous. Such a clever idea AND color combo. :)

  13. polly plum says

    I’m a new DIYer- Do you useModge Podge just on the underside of the wrapping paper, to get it to adhere to the tabletop, or on the top, also, to protect the paper? last question: Could you use fabric instead of wrapping paper, if you found a cute one? what do you think?

  14. says

    Hi! love this idea. Can you recommend source for a birds eye print, such as maple, but darker. It could be iron on or a contact paper. My husband insisted an end table was real wood, but it is a printed osb type instead. I would appreciate any help finding a source. Thank You, Yvonne

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