Have you ever seen a table in great condition, except for the
top surface? Often the top of a table gets ruined, while the legs and drawers
are very acceptable.
Sometimes you would love to buy that table, but don't know what
to do with the top of it. Certain tables do not lend themselves to tablecloths,
and you don't want to deal with a cloth that will move around and expose the
Here are my favorite two ideas for this
Number 1- If the room is formal (say your living room) have a
piece of mirror cut to fit the top. It will look elegant and won't move on you.
This is not for a casual room, because you will have to deal with fingerprints
and smudges, and spend too much time keeping it clean.
Number 2 - As pictured above- buy a piece of vinyl to fit the
top of the table, and use decorative tacks around the edge (hammered into the
wood) to keep it in place. This is a very casual, almost a western look, and
very easy to maintain. Just wipe it occasionally with a wet rag. It doesn't even
collect dust. Best of all, it can be done for just a few dollars.