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Cork-Top Table

Restore a scratched wooden table with a new surface of 1/2-inch cork.


  1. Step 1


    Measure tabletop; cut piece of cork to size. Lightly sand table surface. Using a foam roller and a metal paint tray lined with disposable plastic, roll contact cement onto back of cork and tabletop. When glue becomes tacky, line up cork precisely at two front corners (contact cement is very unforgiving), and press down.

  2. Step 2


    Tack on wood molding with mitered corners, using 1-inch brads. Seal cork with butcher's wax. Use masking tape to protect tabletop edges; apply 2 coats of semigloss paint.

Martha Stewart Living, October 2001

Reviews (4)

  • Justin Nyangor 2 May, 2014

    You can buy cork at they have anumber of differnt cork sheets

  • 1Toffy 14 Mar, 2009

    By the way, cork is a renewable and Green product. It is also great in kids rooms on walls for their Artsy stuff. Can be added to a wood frame in a sewing room, and or kitchen or laundry room. Tons of uses. Great for pushpins too.

  • mrspsp 29 Nov, 2008

    I saw rolled up cork sheets at a Super Joann's fabric store. They also had thicker cork in various sizes. I wondered what I could do with it. Now I know. Another good thing from Martha!

  • mmsrjs 8 Feb, 2008