Entry Table with Fabric Inlay

Hey ya’ll!  Today I’m sharing the makeover of a pretty little table I purchased from an estate sale. I found it at the same sale where I purchased this sweet dressing table. You may remember seeing the before on my facebook page. I shared it first in a guest post for another blog I contribute to. Now I get to share it with you!

Here is the before:


It was sitting in the entry way just waiting for me to get there. The top was not in the best shape. It almost looked like water or weather damage:


But for $20, it was a bargain, and of course it was getting a new paint job anyway:

Entry Table with Fabric Inlay

I painted this little table using my go-to chalk paint recipe (no sanding required).

It still needed something though, and those panels were calling out for some of my favorite fabric!

Entry Table updated with paint and fabric!

This fabric can be found at Hancock Fabrics.  I’ve used it on several projects.

I cut the panels using my rotary cutter and straight edge (affiliate link). Be careful not to handle the fabric too much to help prevent the edges from fraying. Then I applied the fabric using Mod Podge in Matte (affiliate link) like a glue…

Mod Podge is perfect for adding fabric to furniture.

I brushed the Mod Podge on the table panel, then attached the fabric. You can add another coat of Mod Podge over top if you like, but it may alter the color of the fabric some. I chose not to add a coat on top.

Entry Table with Fabric Inlay


Entry Table updated with paint and fabric!

I’m really pleased with how this turned out, especially for the price!

Entry Table updated with paint and fabric!

I originally photographed it in front of this window before I took it to my booth, but guess what? It never made it to my booth. I kept it!

You may have seen it in my entry when I shared this simple Spring wreath:

Sweet and Simple Spring Wreath

Sweet and Simple Spring Wreath

Hobby Lobby featured it on their social media sites, so that was exciting! 🙂

I love it paired with my $2 yard sale mirror, one of my favorite finds ever!

Entry Table updated with Chalk Paint and Fabric Inlay

Have a great weekend!



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  1. I don’t blame you for keeping it, I would too, It’s gorgeous! You turned something humdrum into something beautiful and Eyecatching. That fabric is the bees knees. Brilliant makeover and TFS

  2. Ok this is very sweet too! I love the fabric idea I just need to give it a try

  3. Tina Matteson says

    I’d keep it too, Christy! It’s beautiful. I think I need some of that fabric from Hancock’s!

  4. This is one of the most fabulous makeovers I’ve seen!!! Probably because I have a table I can do something similar to that I’ve been wondering how I can “fix” it and keep it. Thank you thank you thank you!!!!

  5. Gorgeous Makeover Christi!

  6. Christy this is genius. What a beautiful and easy re love of this piece. It looks beautiful.

  7. I remember seeing this gorgeous table in your guest post and don’t blame you for keeping it – I wouldn’t be able to part with it either.

  8. Liz Morgan says

    Christy, here’s a fabric tip that I really like. If you paint the wrong side of fabric with matte Mod Podge and let dry completely before you cut your fabric, it will not fray. Love your creativity, Liz

  9. Oh Christy you did it again! The fabric on the table is perfect! 🙂 Jo

  10. Stunning (and creative, as always!). May I ask a question? When you distress, are there times when you first paint black under the white, esp. when the piece is lighter wood like oak, so that the distressed areas are dark? This piece was already dark, but what about an oak piece? Just curious. Keep creating!

    • Hi Tracey! I have painted a lighter piece dark brown or black first, so the dark would show through when sanding. It works great, but just lightly sand so you don’t go through that layer. 🙂

  11. Yes, It makes it so fresh! I yet to try frabric on a piece of furniture. Where do you score this lovely print?