June 17, 2013

Card Table Rehab

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...

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  1. What a great freebie find. No one would ever guess your recovered beauty was rescued from someone's trash pile. Looks great!

  2. Love it! You make me want to go dumpster diving to find some projects of my own to do. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. FAbulous!! You did a great job!

  4. This is GREAT...I love repurposing.

  5. Awesome! I am pinning this and will be keeping an eye out for free card tables! Great job :)

  6. I'm going to repurpose my own card table thanks for the idea