Waterproof paint and water-resistant fabrics leave a sophisticated stamp on inexpensive pieces that can live outdoors.
- Coated-cotton or vinyl fabric (about 1 yard)
- Small Parsons table (we used the Lack side table, unassembled, by Ikea)
- Heavy-duty spray adhesive (we used Super 77)
- Staple gun and staples
- T-50 staples
Cut 1 piece of fabric that's 6 inches larger than the tabletop on all sides. Cut 4 pieces of fabric to cover table legs: The length should be the same as the height of the leg; the width should be 4 times the width of the leg plus 1/2 inch.
Apply spray adhesive to the reverse side of the large fabric square. Wrap fabric around tabletop, smoothing out any bubbles.
Staple the fabric to the underside of the tabletop (about 7 staples on each side), making sure the middles and ends of each side are secured.
Apply spray adhesive to 1 of the smaller fabric pieces, and wrap around the table leg. Repeat for each leg.
Assemble table following manufacturer's instructions.