Amazing Table Upcycle With Wallpaper

6 Materials
1 Hour

My friend Wendy's dining table was looking battered and in need of some love. It even had a great big dirty iron mark on it. The table was the focal point of her lounge dinner and used not just for eating at, but her and her boys also did use the table for art and crafts. We decided to upcycle it with wallpaper just like she did with her garbage bin (see it here).

Wendy's decor style was mid-century modern so she wanted to revamp the table with something to fit that decor.

She also wanted to something bright and cheery. That's when we decided to wallpaper it.

When you have decided what wallpaper to use. You have to think carefully how the wallpaper pattern will match up.

Wendy's table was more than one roll of wallpaper wide. 2 widths of wallpaper would have been enough to cover the table. But that would look odd.

We decided to use 3 strips of wallpaper one central full width and then 2 half widths either side. This worked best with the pattern we had chosen.

Measure your 3 strips of wallpaper carefully. I found the most accurate and best way to cut the wallpaper was with a rotary cutter and mat.

Using a brush paste your 3 strips of wallpaper with wallpaper paste and then fold and put to one side whilst you paste the table.

Paste the table top with wallpaper paste, and leave for a couple of minutes.

Whilst the paste is still tacky carefully lay your middle strip of wallpaper onto the table top. Using a wallpaper smoothing brush carefully brush out any air bubbles.

Then repeat with the wallpaper strips either side. Carefully match up the pattern and trim any excess.

We let our wallpaper go over the side edges of the table and wrap underneath slightly for a neater look.

Even though the wallpaper is wipeable we applied 2 coats of varnish to provide extra protection from daily wear and tear.

I think the table looks fantastic in Wendy's living room. The Romo wallpaper she has chosen matches her decor really well. Her table certainly looks much better than before.

Table tops aren't the only things we have wallpapered you should check out the wallpapered kitchen backsplash we also did.

Any price and availability information displayed on [relevant Amazon Site(s), as applicable] at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page. More info

Top Hometalk Projects

15 Totally Doable Makeover Ideas You Can Finish In One Day
30 Adorable DIY Ideas For July 4th
3 Brilliant Ideas How to Use Photo Frames
30 Address Signs That'll Make Your Neighbors Stop in Admiration
15 Easy & Colorful DIY Projects For Your Home
21 Totally Terrific Things You Can Do With Doilies
25 Impressive Ways You Can Update Your Ikea Purchases!
Claire at Pillarboxblue

Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!


Have a question about this project?

3 of 8 questions
  • MMM
    on Sep 6, 2018

    Why the three strips instead of just two? How would it look different? You still are matching patterns right? Just a little confused because I'm lazy and think two would be easier than three. :)

    • MMM
      on Sep 7, 2018

      Claire - that makes sense. Yes, a line down the middle would be harder to camouflage. :)

      It's a fun table!

  • Dxfrye
    on Sep 9, 2018

    So how many rolls of wallpaper did you actually use?

  • Jacqui
    on May 3, 2019

    What's the name of the wallpaper....I love it

Join the conversation

4 of 129 comments
Your comment...