Yard Sale Furniture Repurposed: Side Table

HGTV Magazine gives the simple how-tos of turning a side table castoff into a colorful accent piece.


Photo by: Lara Robby/Studio D

Lara Robby/Studio D

By: Ellen Goldberg

Materials Needed:

  • satin latex paint
  • 3 paintbrushes
  • cotton fabric (1 yard or more depending on the size of your table)
  • fabric shears
  • Mod Podge, matte finish
  • straight edge (like an old credit card)
  • clear, water-based protective topcoat


Paint the legs and sides. Leisure Blue paint color by Sherwin-Williams was chosen for this side table.

Measure and Cut the Fabric

If the table doesn’t have a lip, cut the fabric the same size as the tabletop. If it does have a lip, add 2 to 3 inches all around. Waverly’s Lovely Lattice in lapis was used ($16 per yard, fabric.com).

Mod Podge

Flip the fabric back-side up and, using a fresh paintbrush, coat the edges with Mod Podge to prevent fraying. Spread a generous amount of Mod Podge over the tabletop.

Cover the edges and the underside of the lip, if the table has one. Smooth the fabric over the tabletop, running a straight edge over it to eliminate air bubbles. If the table has a lip, wrap the fabric over the tabletop’s edge, crimping the fabric as you press it firmly to the table’s underside. Adhere with extra Mod Podge.

Apply three or four coats of Mod Podge over the fabric, letting dry between each coat. Brush on a topcoat to seal it (we used Minwax Polycrylic, $21 per quart, homedepot.com).

Keep Reading

Next Up

How to Refinish a Dining Room Table

Easily refinish a dated or worn dining room table to give it a fresh look.

How to Clean a Wood Kitchen Table

Got half an hour? Make your wood kitchen table spotless and germ-free.

How to Refinish a Kitchen Table

Give an old kitchen table new life in a weekend with these simple steps for refinishing wood furniture.

A Space-Saving Side Table That Doesn't Skimp on Style

Calling all space-savers and style gurus. This chic-yet-practical side table is simply a must-have. Bonus? You can make it yourself!

Printable DIY Table Numbers for Weddings

These DIY table numbers are adorable, easy to make and could easily double as wedding keepsakes.


Fixer Upper

7am | 6c

Fixer Upper

8am | 7c

Fixer Upper

9am | 8c

Fixer Upper

10am | 9c

Fixer Upper

11am | 10c

Fixer Upper

12pm | 11c

House Hunters

1pm | 12c

House Hunters

1:30pm | 12:30c

House Hunters

2:30pm | 1:30c

House Hunters

3:30pm | 2:30c

House Hunters

4:30pm | 3:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

How Close Can I Beach?

8pm | 7c

Caribbean Life

9:30pm | 8:30c

Island Life

10pm | 9c

Island Life

10:30pm | 9:30c

House Hunters

11pm | 10c

House Hunters

11:30pm | 10:30c

Caribbean Life

12am | 11c

Caribbean Life

12:30am | 11:30c

Island Life

1am | 12c

Island Life

1:30am | 12:30c

House Hunters

2:30am | 1:30c

Shop This Look

Found a living space you love in HGTV's Photo Library? Get the look in your own home with products from Wayfair.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.