Make over a coffee or end table with the addition of an easy DIY skirt!
I am thrilled with the finished project and can't believe I put it off for so long. And it was so easy, with or without sewing skills, anyone can tackle this job in a jiffy.
Here is my table before the intervention. It's a very old Ikea model that my husband and I had already painted and stained years ago.
However, even after its first makeover, it was just...there. I have featured my living room in a curtain and Christmas post, but never showed the table, because I was not happy with that corner of the room.
I like the after so much better!
First, I bought a few yards of fabric, thread and three cheap tension rods. If you are not going to sew your panels, you will either need fabric glue or ironing tape, as well.
This gave me enough extra fabric for seam allowance and to gather the fabric for a ruffled appearance. The depth of the panel needed to be 14" long, so I cut it to 17", leaving plenty for seam allowance and a generous rod pocket.
When my pieces were cut out, I ironed my seams on both sides and along the bottom of the panel, to prepare them for sewing. Next, I ironed the top, folding over two inches, to create a very large and loose rod pocket.
I didn't want the material to cling tightly to the rod. I wanted a soft look, by leaving a larger opening the pocket almost disappears.
I am a lazy seamstress and I am not a perfectionist, but I will say that I always take the time to iron my seams before I turn on the machine.
I used to skip this step (you know, the laziness), but I have found that it really does make a difference. The actual sewing, or gluing, goes much faster and the results are much prettier!
Once the panels were done, I just hung them on the rods that I secured between the table legs. Now, I am not planning to open or close my panels. There is nothing under this table.
However, if I needed the space for storage, I would've used rings on the rod, for easier movement. I have a ring clip skirted table like that in my basement to hide the kids' old toys. You can peek at that below.
That's all there is to it!
It was a super quick job and, since the fabric was 50% off and I had a coupon to boot, this whole upgrade cost me less than twenty bucks. I even had some leftover to recover my chair, but that's another story...
Right now, I am loving my table skirt. It makes a tremendous difference in the room and I can't stop looking at my sweet cottage addition!
It's Exquisitely Unremarkable!
What do you think of my skirted side table?
If you liked this idea, I have another variation that uses ring clips. Just clip and go!!
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