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DIY Craft Table from a TV Tray

Don’t throw out that used TV tray – turn it into a DIY craft table using fabric and Mod Podge! Just cover the top with your favorite pattern: so easy!

Don't throw out that used TV tray - turn it into a DIY craft table using fabric and Mod Podge! Just cover the top with your favorite pattern: so easy!

One 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 DIY craft table from a TV tray tutorial. I use this as a Mod Podge table in my craft area because I was getting decoupage medium all over my desk. And who wants that?

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.

TV Tray to DIY Craft 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)
before

Start 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.

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

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

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Smooth 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.

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

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Apply 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!

Don't throw out that used TV tray - turn it into a DIY craft table using fabric and Mod Podge! Just cover the top with your favorite pattern: so easy!
Don't throw out that used TV tray - turn it into a DIY craft table using fabric and Mod Podge! Just cover the top with your favorite pattern: so easy!

Thank you Jessica, for your lovely TV tray turned DIY craft table tutorial. Please visit her at Mom 4 Real for more craft and DIY goodness! I’d also love for you to check out these other project ideas:

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