How to Make a Folding Wall Art Table With Kyle Schuneman

8 Materials
2 Hours

Learn how to transform an Art Print into a table that folds right up onto the wall. It's a small space lifesaver!
Step 1: Prepare The Plywood
The first step in creating your foldable wall art table (once you have all the materials assembled) is to have a 1″ thick piece of plywood cut to match the dimensions of your canvas print. We recommend having a trained professional at a hardware store do this cutting so that you can save time, money, and elbow grease for the rest of the project! Once you have your plywood cut to size you’ll want to paint the edges of the plywood the same color as the frame of your canvas print. In the video Kyle uses a canvas print with a black frame. Therefore he chooses black paint for the edges of his plywood.
Once the plywood’s edges have been painted you’ll want to use contact paper to create a smooth and finished surface. Kyle again uses black contact paper since his canvas print features white and black as the dominant colors. However, he could have just as easily chosen white or any other color. Choose the color of contact paper that will work best for your style and your canvas print! Simply roll the contact paper onto the surface and smooth it out as you go. Try to avoid any bubbles or wrinkles!
Step 2: Attach The Hinges
Now that your plywood board is looking gorgeous it’s time to install the hinges. You’ll be applying two hinges to each side of the plywood. Place the center of each hinge about 3″ from the side of the plywood. Half of each hinge should be hanging over the side of the plywood when you start to screw them into place. Two of the hinges will eventually be flush against the wall, and the other two hinges will be flush against the top of the canvas print. Screw the hinges into the plywood and get ready to…
Attach the open side of the hinges to the canvas print and the wall! In the video Kyle supports the table on a set of stools and books so that he has it at the appropriate height. The height of the table should be the exact same height as the canvas print. Press the plywood against the wall and use the drill to screw the hinges into place. Then screw the hinges into the frame of the canvas print!
Step 3: Hook It Into Place
At this stage you should have a perfectly functional table using the canvas print as the legs and the plywood for the surface. But isn’t art supposed to hang on the wall? It sure is! The next step is to install the hook and latch to the wall so that the canvas print can hang in place as a piece of artwork when it’s not being used as a table. Fold the table up against the wall so that you can mark the proper height for the hook and latch. Use a pencil to mark the spot. Then drill the hook into place! You’ll also need to drill the latch onto the top of the canvas print frame.
Voila! A true work of art. Pun definitely intended.
Watch our full video for step by step instructions!
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  • Julia Brandano
    on Apr 6, 2019

    I live in a senior holding. How can I put it up with out. Damaging the walls . I love this idea . I even asked if they could do that for all the apartments when they had all apartments redone.. They said no😞. So is there a way to do this with out Damaging the damaging the wall????

    • Diane
      on Oct 13, 2019

      Maybe offer to pay a little for any damages. But as the others have said spackle is great. When I have something heavy I use an anchor that screws into the wall, they hold up towards 75 pounds. If you leave put some spackle inside the hole of the anchor, add a little of the wall paint and it looks pretty good.

  • Shelli
    on Apr 6, 2019

    Excellent ! Thanks so much!

  • Susie Zitzler
    on Apr 6, 2019

    Great idea how heavy of a piece of wood can you put up on the wall without it yanking the wall. Have to have it at there is a beam wood in the wall to secure to.what needs to be really strong and heavy so how thick wood can you put up thereso the table will be strong too and also the picture frame part of the table strong enough. Have to warn people do not "lean on the table".

    • Diane
      on Oct 13, 2019

      Hi. Go to your hardware store and ask for wall anchors that screw into the wall, there white and hold up towards like 75 pounds. There all I use, wonderful for heavy items.

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  • Janice
    on Oct 13, 2019

    Superb idea and I am inspired! So, want to have this done in my small home for small eating area in the area close to my kitchen. Great post!

  • Rainelle C VanPelt
    on Oct 19, 2019

    Love it...

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