Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Spiced Up Table

I like to keep a vinyl cover on my wooden kitchen table to protect it from a little something I like to call My Kids. I replace the vinyl every couple of years. This time I decided to make it pretty.

I use the heaviest gauge vinyl I can find at JoAnn and tape it down under the lip of the table. I know someone who sews an elastic casing into her vinyl tablecloth, but I find that masking tape works great for me, though it does leave a sticky residue.

I rounded the corners of the fabric and singed the edges to see if it would help it not to fray, but I'm not sure if it worked. I did leave the selvage edge in tact on one side, as you can see. The fabric is home decorator weight. It lays flat pretty well because of its thickness, though I would have used regular quilting cotton if I had found a pattern I liked more.

Lincoln demonstrates how the table looks all set and ready for (me to still make) dinner.

Next time I think I'll try again to find a pattern that's less busy. I like how it at least coordinates with my dishes, though. It brightens up my kitchen quite a bit.


  1. You got it done! I love the way the fabric matches your dishes. Now for that blasted red wall! Just kidding, it is so patriotic with your blue!

  2. Yes, maybe someday I can do something about the red walls. But my next kitchen project is to redo the curtains over the sink. Three cheers for the red, white and blue!

  3. Really pretty Brittany! What a great idea.

  4. So, I'm just reading this... But I love it! Does the masking tape actually stay down, though? I really need to do this at our house, plus I imagine it's easier to wipe up than a wooden table when there is dried food on it, right? (Not that there is ever dried food on our table) :)

    Thanks for the great idea!


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