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Oilcloth Tables

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


  1. Step 1

    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.

  2. Step 2

    Apply spray adhesive to the reverse side of the large fabric square. Wrap fabric around tabletop, smoothing out any bubbles.

  3. Step 3

    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.

  4. Step 4

    Apply spray adhesive to 1 of the smaller fabric pieces, and wrap around the table leg. Repeat for each leg.

  5. Step 5

    Assemble table following manufacturer's instructions.

Martha Stewart Living, March 2010



Reviews (1)

  • clouseau 22 Aug, 2011

    Just found the greatest source for oilcloth online.
    See Under Yardage, they have a huge collection of prints and I could buy it by the yard. Found some awesome prints from the fourties and the fifties ( I reall like these vintage prints!) Covered all my tables in oilcloth, including my patio table.