Not long ago when I showed you my coffee table makeover with marbles, I promised to tell you my little secret! You guys probably know by now that I’m super indecisive. It’s so bad that I annoy myself. I really do. But this time, it turned out to work in my favor. What’s that, you say?!
made John come to the store with me was deciding how to dress up my coffee table to hide those ugly water markings, I came up with a little idea…What if I want my coffee table to be able to have more than one look? You probably thought I glued those marbles to the table top, right?
Well, I could have and it would look exactly the same! But nope! I made an interchangeable top!! I chose not to glue the marbles down. They are simply resting on the table. I didn’t tell you in my original post because that would’ve totally spoiled the surprise.
I should note that the idea not to glue the marbles worked great for me, but would probably not be good if you have little ones. In that case, I’d recommend gluing those marbles down!
Here’s the scoop. When I was planning on using fabric to cover the top of my coffee table, Erin recommended I lay a big piece of paper out on the table to first trace the shape because fabric would slide all around and end up being a huge headache! Thank you Erin; you made an awesome point! So that’s what I did. And in the process I came up with the idea to use that paper cutout as a stencil for future table tops!
I taped two pieces of easel paper together and then taped that to the top of my table. I used thumbtacks for reinforcement. You know, so there would be no sliding around of said paper.
Then I simply traced the shape of the table. Essentially, I made a stencil of my coffee table top.
I cut out my “stencil” and traced it onto a piece of burlap fabric…
After I cut it out, I added some banding to the edges to create a clean look.
To add the banding, I layed the burlap on the floor with wax paper and magazine pages underneath (so that glue wouldn’t get on the floor) and carefully glued the banding down with No-Sew Fabric Glue.
Banding creates a nice transition from the fabric to the table. If something gets spilled, guess what? I can lift up the top and toss the fabric.
The possibilities are endless. Which do you prefer?
Now I don’t have to choose!
Switching the top out only cost me about $5 and it was very easy! When I want a different look, all I have to do is pick up the burlap and use my paper stencil to make a new top.
Do something that makes you smile today. xo! whitney