Isn't this little card table so bright and cheery?
I've been wanting a card table for a while. Not enough that I was going to go out and buy a brand new one, but enough that I've been keeping my eye out for a free one that someone wanted to give away. Enter this little number....
You betcha, this card table was in someone's trash pile, and I stopped and picked it up...with a ten foot pole. I didn't take a picture before I ripped the vinyl off the top, but I can tell you: it wasn't pretty. It had tears in it and dirt all over it. I still figured I could figure something out :)
It is easy to take apart a card table. There are a few screws on the underside that attach the top to the frame. This one was was missing all but 2 of the screws anyway. (I was able to find suitable replacement screws at the hardware store.)
Once the top was off I ripped off the covering, carefully pulling out as many of the staples as I could that had held the covering on. Then I got to work on the frame.
I lightly sanded the metal, and then spray painted it black. Pretty easy, and makes a world of difference!
I picked up some vinyl from the fabric store for the top. I used my staple gun to secure the vinyl to the top, stretching it tight as I went. I had to cut out notches for the metal brackets that you use to screw the top to the legs, and carefully fold around the rounded corners. Just took a few minutes, and looks pretty good!
Here it is all back together. The top screwed back on to the legs. So easy to take apart and recover!
Now I've got a fully functional card table - which I am sure will get a ton of use this summer.
Particularly for tea parties...