Monday, June 30, 2014

DIY Upholstered Side Table

I promise--I'm not going crazy upholstering everything in our house! It just seemed more efficient to conquer both of these jobs together at the same time while I had the supplies out, and I'm so so pleased with their new and improved selves. These two projects have given me lots of hope for future upholstering--but for now, I really am putting away the staple gun away for a while.

This cute little table was a hand-me-down from my parents and as you can see, the woven top was in really rough shape. The bamboo legs, however, while not perfect are sturdy enough and to me, look rustic in a good way. I knew this table would be on our screened porch so the fabric I chose needed to be durable, and preferably in a pattern or a darker shade so that we could put drinks on it without worrying too much about rings or stains.

The fabric I picked (like the velvet I used on the chair) was a remnant and highly discounted. When I saw this funky patterned fabric I fell in love. It's just the look I wanted for this piece. The colors brings a little life back into the table and it looks both modern and a little bohemian.

The process was easy--just me and a staple gun, making sure everything stayed nice and taut as I went along. The fabric is thick and heavy and you can see the extra fabric bunched underneath each corner, but that doesn't bug me. I could have cut some of it away if it had but I decided to leave it as is.

I love a good involved project but sometimes the simplest DIYs really are the best. This one took about 15 minutes, not including the time spent choosing fabric, and I wouldn't change a thing about the end result! This table is going to see lots of icy cold glasses of lemonade this summer, that I know for sure. 


  1. Love the bohemian look of it! I LOVE when a cheap purchases (like a fabric remnant) turns out to be the perfect solution and you can't even imagine it turning out any other way! I wish that I could sit there and enjoy a cup of coffee or a lemonade too! It looks cozy! :)

  2. Great choice of fabric! So bright and colorful :)

  3. Thanks Stacey! If you're ever in Charlottesville.....;)

  4. Thanks Kristin, I know--not a normal pick for me but I'm glad I went bright and colorful!

  5. I love this fabric! I'm so impressed with your upholstery projects. :)

  6. oh I love those colors! like a sunset :)


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