Friday, November 21, 2014

Folding table and chairs- makeover

Thanksgiving is next week!  
And while I love hosting our family for this Holiday, we always need extra seating!
So I spiffed up our old folding table and chairs.

It was pretty simple.  Here's how I did it.  

This is what the chair/table set looked like before.  

I took the seats and the table top off.  Underneath, the seats were attached with screws and L brackets.  It was easy enough to remove the screws and lift off the seats.  I wiped every surface down with soapy water to prepare for painting.  

I sprayed all of the frames with spray paint.  
I tried to keep all of the coats light and even. 
 It took c cans of paint to cover all of the frames of the chairs and table.

I used  Rustoleum spray paint (amazon link) in black Semi gloss.  

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.

I bought about 3 yards of flannel backed plasticy-type fabric from Walmart.  
It was super inexpensive, like $3 a yard.  
I laid the fabric out and put the table top upside down on top of it.  
Then I stapled 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.  
It worked really well.  
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.  

And 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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