Let’s Play Cards

I have an old card table (actually 2 of them).  The smaller one was in rough shape.

The top of the card table is ripped and soiled.

I had been looking for something to recover it with: like a plastic table-cloth, oil cloth or some patterned vinyl.

The metal frame was scratched and marred.

When I looked on Etsy I found the laminated fabric I showed you here.

Source: etsy.com via Jo on Pinterest

First, with Charlie’s help, I removed the table top which was a piece of masonite covered with vinyl.

Metallic Charcoal spray paint gives a gorgeous finish to metal.

Then I took my favorite spray paint, “Metallic Charcoal,” and painted all the metal parts with many light coats of paint.

I flipped the table on every edge to make sure the legs and frame were well-painted. (The very top will be covered with masonite.)

When the fabric arrived in the mail I couldn’t wait to cut a piece. Using the old piece as a pattern I taped it onto the vinyl and cut a new top partially following the pattern but also making sure I cut along the print of the fabric keeping it square. I lightly ironed the cotton side of the fabric on a very low setting to smooth out the creases that folding it for shipping had created.

The old vinyl was taped right-side-up on the new laminate which was also right-side-up.

I gave the masonite a light spray with spray adhesive to hold the laminate in place when I flipped the top over to secure the edges.

My plan was to staple the fabric like the original had been but staples came through to the other side.  The shortest staples I could find were 1/4 inch and they were tooooo long. I tried to add a little thickness under the staple with some plastic weatherstripping but it wasn’t enough.

For me, this weatherstripping doesn’t work.

Then I tried some super glue which did not work at all.

The generic liquid glue in the middle didn’t work this time.

My final brilliant idea was double stick tape all along the underside edge of the table.

Good ole double stick tape to the rescue.

I just folded the laminated fabric onto the tape, including gathering the corners, and it stuck.

The double stick holds the laminate to the masonite.

Then I forced the clips of the tabletop back onto the metal frame.

So cute.

The difference is awesome.

The card table before.

The old bronze bomber in the photo above has been transformed.

Voila! A new card table.

Do you need as much help as I do getting your plans off the ground?

Sidebar: I purchased enough laminate to recover the second table also.



Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

5 thoughts on “Let’s Play Cards”

  1. Nice job! It looks fantastic!! Such a great tip to renovate an otherwise not so pretty table.

    So glad you stopped by again to link up at Natural Life on NOH. I’m going to have to go catch up on what you’ve been up to lately. 🙂

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