TV tray turned DIY craft table

tray8One of my favorite things to do with Mod Podge is refinish furniture with fabric – so I’m pleased to share this guest post from Jessica at Mom 4 Real with you. Her project? She turned an old TV tray into a small DIY craft table using some pretty fabric, which is a great idea if you are limited on space (like I was in Mod Podge Command Central). I’ll let Jessica tell you about the revamp yourself.

Hello! I’m Jessica from Mom 4 Real, here to share my TV tray tutorial. I use this as a Mod Podge table in my craft area because I was getting Mod Podge all over my desk. We had an entire set of these, so I am making one to use as a laptop desk in my living room, and one for each of my kids to use for either a craft table or for tv watching with snacks.

To make the table, gather these supplies:

  • Old TV tray table – I frequently see these at the thrift store
  • Fabric – enough to cover the table
  • Hard Coat Mod Podge
  • Paint brush (can use a foam brush)
  • Scissors
  • Brayer (optional)

beforeStart with a tray table – sand it if necessary. Depending on how transparent your fabric is, you might want to add a few coats of white paint on the top (especially if the tabletop is dark). If your fabric is transparent, the color of the table will show through.

tray2 tray1Paint a light coat of Mod Podge on the top of the tray table, making sure to coat thoroughly.

tray4Smooth fabric over the top, making sure that there is plenty left on each side to fold over the edges.

tray5Smooth out using rubber roller or fingers. Keep smoothing until all the bubbles are removed. If any Mod Podge squeezes out the sides, wipe away with a brush.

tray6Cut a slit in the fabric at each corner for folding and tucking under the tray, smoothing any wrinkles or bubbles out along the way.

tray7Apply Mod Podge on the edges of the tray and underneath the tray. Smooth fabric over edges and tuck underneath. Allow the fabric to dry, then apply a thin coat of Mod Podge over the entire fabric area. Allow for that coat to dry, then apply one more coat of Mod Podge. The finish should be nice and smooth!

TV tray turned DIY craft table


TV tray turned DIY craft tableThank you Jessica, for your lovely tutorial. Please visit her at Mom 4 Real for more craft and DIY goodness!

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  1. Lori m says

    I like it!

    Great idea, nice use to update the TV tray and make it fit into your decor.

    Hugs, Lori m

  2. Four Marrs and One Venus says

    Oh Jess! I love your fabric color- so bright and popping! You already know I love you and your awesome blog! Whoohoo lady– look at you go!

  3. Nama Halacy's Comfy Cottage says

    That is so perfect!! Multitasking made possible, watch the Big Bang Theory and craft at the same time, Heavenly!! Thank you for sharing!!

  4. says

    Suzanne, I would use the fabric Mod Podge and an acrylic sealer if you want your surface to be very durable. Fabric Mod Podge is virtually waterproof (very close).

  5. Anonymous says

    I did the two topcoats of mod podge and sprayed an acrylic sealer with two coats and it doesn’t feel smooth. Any suggestions?

    • says

      Hi Anonymous! Depending on the fabric you use, it might not feel smooth. You are applying a glue to fabric and then letting it dry, which is going to change how it feels. That is just inherent with applying fabric to something with a decoupage medium.