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Fabric-Covered Card Table

Give your old card table a new look by covering it with beautiful fabric.





Martha used fabric provided by Fortuny. Special thanks to Piatnik for giving playing cards to everyone in our studio audience.


  • Card table
  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • Heavy-duty staple gun and heavy-duty staples
  • Tack hammer
  • Scissors
  • Paint and paintbrush (optional)
  • Nails (optional)
  • A piece of thin muslin a few inches larger than the table
  • A piece of decorative fabric a few inches larger than the table


  1. Step 1

    Take off any moldings and strip any old fabric from table.

  2. Step 2

    Cut a layer of thin muslin a few inches larger than the table all around. (This will soften the table very slightly to preserve the nicer fabric.)

  3. Step 3

    Cut a piece of decorative fabric, also a few inches larger than the table all around. We used a Fortuny fabric called Shiraz, which is a Persian design.

  4. Step 4

    With decorative fabric layered on top of the muslin piece, start stapling fabric to the table, starting in the middle of one side.

  5. Step 5

    Staple along each side, one side at a time, straightening fabric with each staple.

  6. Step 6

    Tap staples into card table with tack hammer.

  7. Step 7

    Fold fabric at corner and secure with staples. Pull back and cut away excess fabric.

  8. Step 8

    Repaint molding, if desired, and reattach molding to sides of table with nails.

The Martha Stewart Show, May 2008



Reviews (6)

  • momofgreys 5 May, 2008

    Could it be Gong Zhu? I was online looking for the card game too. This one doesn't deal out 10 cards unless you are playing with 5 people. It is a variation of Hearts and sounds fun.

  • debdtexas 3 May, 2008

    I've been searching online to see if I could find the name of the card game also. It sounded like she said Gozo but I can't find anything like that except Gozo Island. I think I will email and see if anyone there answers me. I'll let you know if I find anything out.

  • huneydo 2 May, 2008

    the game she said is gozo. i couldn't find any information on it. but i remember she said it takes 10 cards.

  • debby3737 2 May, 2008

    i too wanted to know the name

  • Cookster 2 May, 2008

    just want to know the name of the card game Martha likes to play

  • SunshineBee 2 May, 2008

    What was the name of the card game Martha said she likes to play on Sunday's? Did anyone catch that?