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Linen-Wrapped Table How-To




  • 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
  • Scissors
  • Razor blade
  • Furniture wax
  • Felt rag


  1. Step 1

    Starch and press linen.

  2. Step 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. Step 3

    Turn MDF linen-side up. Iron dry, permanently adhering fabric to MDF.

  4. Step 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. Step 5

    Apply topcoat of poly-acrylic finish to entire tabletop.

  6. Step 6

    Apply wax with clean cloth; buff with felt to shine. Place tabletop on base.

The Martha Stewart Show, March 2010



Reviews (3)

  • meridian65 20 Aug, 2010

    They use mdf for this, do you think it would work on ikea furniture? i have an old console table and low coffee table i would love to try this on.

  • Gordon3 20 Mar, 2010

    To dmnelson; I do not believe this application of fabric can be easily applied to walls. The procedure I used has firring strips, dacron and the visible wall fabric. This is not terribly difficult it takes planning and if you decide to use A fabric with an exacting pattern plot your walls in the effort to have the pattern match.

  • dmnelson 16 Mar, 2010

    I love this idea. Wondering if the technique will transfer as a wallcovering?