Give an old table new life with this simple linen wrapping technique from expert furniture restorer Christophe Pourny.
Tools and Materials
- Medium-density fiberboard (MDF) cut to desired size of tabletop.
- Linen, cut a few inches larger than tabletop on all sides
- Poly-acrylic finish
- Bristle brush
- Old iron
- Razor blade
- Furniture wax
- Felt rag
Linen-Wrapped Table How-To
1. Starch and press linen.
2. Apply poly-acrylic finish to one side of MDF with a bristle brush. While still wet, place MDF finish-side down on linen.
3. Turn MDF linen-side up. Iron dry, permanently adhering fabric to MDF.
4. Cut corners of linen at 45-degree angle; fold and crease fabric to make mitered corners. Apply poly-acrylic finish to edges; press fabric into finish and iron in place. Trim excess fabric with razor blade.
5. Apply topcoat of poly-acrylic finish to entire tabletop.
6. Apply wax with clean cloth; buff with felt to shine. Place tabletop on base.
Polycrylic finish by Minwax is available on Amazon. Linen is available at fabric stores. All other tools and materials are available at home-improvement stores.