Friday, November 21, 2014

How to Recover a Folding Table and Chairs

Learn how to update and recover an old folding table and chairs. 
updated 10/20

how to update and recover an old folding table and chairs - card table makeover

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Can you believe that Thanksgiving is next week?  I'm in full on preparation mode!  While I love hosting our family for this Holiday, we always need extra seating! As I pulled our hand-me-down table and chairs out of storage, I decided to give the set a makeover.

How to give an old card table, folding table a makeover with paint and fabric

How to update an old Folding Table and Chairs

How to give an old card table, folding table a makeover with paint and fabric

Pull out your old card table and chairs and clean them really well.  I just use a clorox wipe (or you could use warm soapy water and a rag) to clean all of the surfaces.

how to update a card table and chairs

Remove the seat and the table top.  I did this by turning them upside down and unscrewing the screws.  They kind of were stuck because of the age, but I eventually removed them all.

how to update a card table and chairs

I spray painted the frames of the table and chairs with black spray paint.  I used several light coats to keep the paint from running.  I used almost 2 cans of this spray paint.  

While I was waiting for the paint to dry, I recovered the chairs and table top.  I somehow missed taking pictures of this step, but here's the process.

  • Buy Fabric.  I bought about 3 yards of flannel backed plastic topped oil cloth fabric from Walmart.  You could also use a table cloth made from oil cloth.
  • Lay the fabric out and put the table top upside down on top of it.  
  • Staple the fabric to the backer board of the chairs and table.  Unfortunately I did this at my kitchen table and used staples that were too long.  (Can you see where this is going?)  Yes, I stapled the table top to my beautiful kitchen table.  (cue tears!!) I dug the staples out (sniff, sniff), bought shorter staples and tried again.  
  • I pulled the fabric taught, and stapled as I went around the table top.  

Once I was done stapling the fabric, I put the recovered table top back into the table frame and screwed it back in.  Then I repeated with each of the chairs.  

How to recover a folding table and chairs

And that's how easy it is to Recover a Folding Table and Chairs.  Now we have not new, but improved extra seating for Thanksgiving!  


  1. Its so pretty after a makeover! I love that color and its cover. I have an old Folding Table Legs will try this for sure. Let see what wonder does it turns out for me. Thanks for sharing. Keep exploring.

  2. I love folding tables and chairs - very versatile, practical and if you choose the right ones, they can be lightweight. Whenever we go out of town and camp, I make sure I have my table with me since I do love eating with my family. I have SUNVP Ultralight and Portable Folding Picnic Table and it's so lightweight and practical. Check out its review here in this site that I've stumbled upon. You can find lots of reviews for other tables, too:

  3. How did you take the top off the table? Mine does not have screws that can be taken out. I so want to do this.

    1. My table top is attached with screws so that's how I took it off. If the top doesn't come off yours, maybe you could glue it?


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