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Project

Fabric-Covered Card Table

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

Introduction

Resources

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

Materials

  • 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

Steps

  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.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, May 2008

Reviews (6)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 2 May, 2008

    i too wanted to know the name

  • 2 May, 2008

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

  • 2 May, 2008

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