Refurbished metal table for kids

As I’ve been clearing out inventory in my storage unit, I’ve been coming across all sorts of things I forgot I owned, like this adorable child’s card table. Sweet little vintage piece, and just the perfect thing when the two little ones come to visit.
folding card table

vintage card table
Such a fun piece, I couldn’t wait to give it a fresh look. It went from dingy + worn to fresh + new in a matter of 30 minutes.
Isn’t it so cute? I considered painting the base as well, but I like how the original color matches up to the new fabric. So I sealed it instead with a clear spray enamel before I recovered the top. Sealing it protects the little ones from harm while allowing me to enjoy its vintage patina.
vinyl-covered cloth

I ordered a piece of oilcloth (vinyl covered cloth) from Laminated on Etsy. It goes by the name “Algae” if you’re curious. She was so very kind and let me special order this small piece from a remnant she had. *As a note, it came folded, but they do not recommend ironing oilcloth. Instead, lay your cloth flat out in the sun for an hour or so and this will remove the creases. It worked divinely!
removing a card table base

On the back of your table you’ll find something like this holding the top to the base.
removing a card table top from base

Simply release them so the top can be unattached.
covering a card table cloth
Next, get out your handy staple gun and be prepared to staple your way to instant happiness! I used 5/8″ staples and I had a couple of staples come through. Nothing too drastic; but I recommend you check the thickness of your board before determining which size staples to use.
staple gun for recovering a table
Start by stapling one side directly in its center point. Next, go to the opposite side, pull your fabric taut, and again staple in the center. Do this on the other two sides so that all four centers are stapled. After that, staple one side completely, go to the opposite side and do the same – being sure to pull your fabric taut but not so much so that it distorts the fabric’s print. (Oilcloth is a bit stretchier than regular fabric, so pull with slight caution.) Save the four corners for last. Lastly, pleat the corners, staple, then trim off any excess fabric. For my pleat, I simply used the pattern of the original cloth as my guide.
how to pleat a fabric corner
And here she is! Fresh + modern without being overly cute. The perfect pattern will give the girls to get many years of use from this table.
card table tablecloths
Tea is a must when the girls come to visit.
how to cover a card table
This little set was their mother’s when she was their age. I remember the years of tea parties I attended with her and her sister. As much as I dislike plastic toys, I couldn’t bear to toss this set – just too many memories!
vintage child's tea set
The cups used to turn colors when warm “tea” was inside. And when you put “jam” on the crackers, they would turn the color of grapes. This set no longer turns colors, but no matter.

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