The red Ikea Malm console table I bought a few years ago has been sitting in my attic. The red wasn't really working with my room (the former man cave-turned-playroom), but I had aspirations of one day trying to upholster it, so I decided to hang on to it. After two failed estate sale adventures this weekend (I am learning that estate sale shopping is a dog-eat-dog business, which takes some of the fun out of it), I decided I needed a little pick-me-up in the form of a DIY project.
I knew I would need about 4 yards of fabric for my project, so I headed to Post and Gray to check out their remnants.
The table would be going behind the large tan leather sofa in the playroom (it was my husband's before we got married, but it is indestructible and comfortable), so I wanted a fabric that was tonal and slightly feminine to pair with the sofa.
I found a 4 yard piece of this velvet cheetah- perfect!
Here is what you need for the project, in addition to 4 yards of fabric:
A console table (Ikea's Malm works great).
A staple gun:
A bottle of fabric glue:
And a roll of tack strip to make a straight edge (this is key):
I started out by cutting the fabric in half width-wise (half of the 54-inch width is perfect to cover the top and sides).
I then draped it over the table to play around with how I would handle the corners of the table. I decided it would be easy to just fold the corner diagonally and affix it to the table (sort of like wrapping a present).
I then flipped the table over on its back so I could start covering one side.
I pulled it tight and stapled the end at the bottom. I was a little worried about how well the staples would go into the Malm since it is made of MDF or something like that, but they went in really easily.
I pulled the fabric really tight and started stapling both sides. They didn't have to be perfectly even because they were going to be covered with another panel of fabric on the inside of the table.
Here is a close-up of a corner in progress. I cut a slit in the fabric so it would be very flat and straight at the corner.
I pulled the fabric very tight and stapled the fabric around all 3 outside surfaces of the table. This is the easy part. Covering the inside is trickier.
This is where the tack strip is a necessity. You place it on top of the reverse of the fabric along the edge of the table and staple it all the way down one side of the table.
Then you fold the fabric back over it, and voila, you have a straight seam. Here it is in process...
After one side is attached, you can't fit a staple gun under the fabric to staple the tack strip to the other side, so you have to use fabric glue. Use the same process to add the tack strip, but instead of stapling, you glue it on. It will give you a perfectly smooth seam.
One side is finished! Now I skipped to the other side and waited to do the middle last.
Here it is in-process of upholstering the inside middle section of the table, as I staple the tack strip along the edge. Then you fold the fabric over it and add tack strip to the other side and glue it down.
And voila! No more red!
A pair of stools (I will replace these eventually, but for now, they are placeholders)...
Some books, and a big geode.
Would you guess this is an Ikea table?!
This is a project that you can absolutely do yourself. The Malm is easier to cover than a 4-legged style would be, so I would recommend using something with a similar shape. Give it a try!