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Linen-Wrapped Table How-To

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, March 2010


  • 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. Starch and press linen.

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

  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. Apply topcoat of poly-acrylic finish to entire tabletop.

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

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