Vinyl Tablecloth Kitchen Table Makeover

6 Materials
2 Hours

It's pretty easy to give a dated and worn old kitchen table a whole new look with just a vinyl tablecloth and some decoupage medium.

Here's the before of my vintage dining table. It has great bones, but was showing some wear after being used for years.

It was time to give my table a fun and funky makeover to go with the rest of my kitchen.

To start the makeover I gave the whole table a light sanding with a sanding block, preparing for painting.

I painted the top white and the legs and skirt the same blue as the chairs. The reason I painted the top is because I wasn't sure if the wood underneath would show through the vinyl tablecloth.

Whenever using a decoupage medium I always like to start with white underneath, just to keep things nice and bright.

Here's the fabulous vinyl tablecloth that I found at my local dollar store. I really needed to add some floral to my aqua and red kitchen, and this was perfect.

After spreading it out on the table I cut it down closer to the actual size that I needed.

This just made it easier to work with.

I decided to remove the flannel backing of the vinyl tablecloth. To see how I did this check out my Kitchen Table Makeover blog post here.

I spread the decoupage medium over half of the table and folded the tablecloth over that.

I had to move really fast because the medium can dry very quickly.

I smoothed it out with my hands and with my brayer.

I did the same to the other half of the table.

When it was all dry I trimmed the tablecloth, following the decorative lip of the table.

To finish it off I applied two top coats or the decoupage medium, letting it dry completely in between.

Here's the before, after my kitchen chairs makeover.

And here's the after. It's so easy to clean because of the vinyl, and the two coats of decoupage medium give it some extra protection.

You can find more of my kitchen makeover projects here.

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  • Jessica Jessica on May 22, 2021

    ModPodge isn’t really waterproof and can get yucky when wet. Was there anything you did to seal it up after the modpodge?

  • Terri Seeger-Kline Terri Seeger-Kline on May 23, 2021

    Not a question, just want to say how great that looks. Really pops against the darker floor. Nice job!

  • Beth Beth on Sep 23, 2021

    I am so glad I revisited this page. I was wondering if this would work with a fabric tablecloth as well? or would I have to use resin with it? I would prefer the mod podge. thanks

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  • Teresa Ross Teresa Ross on Mar 30, 2022

    I love the blue color of your kitchen and chairs. Can you share what the brand and color is? I would love to paint my chairs this color! Thank you!

    • Tuula - Color Me Thrifty Tuula - Color Me Thrifty on Mar 30, 2022

      Thanks Teresa! The blue on my cupboards is Beauti-tone and it's called Enchanted Evening. For my kitchen chairs and china cabinet I lightened up that color myself by adding some white paint to the blue to get a slightly different tone. I hope that helps.

  • Guernsey Girl Guernsey Girl on Apr 05, 2022

    The table looks amazing.