Rainbowify your ugly old table with gift wrap

By on Jun 28th

UntitledCheck out my rainbow table — a DIY! My parents had some ugly old brown laminate-top table in the basement and said I could have it for the apartment. My mom had a great idea to cover it with some gift wrap she had leftover. We made it up as we went along and basically went with the principle that Mod Podge can do almost anything.


  • some gift wrap
  • Mod Podge
  • foam brush things
  • scissors
  • sandpaper

After roughing up the laminate top with sandpaper, we slathered the tabletop in Mod Podge, laid the gift wrap overtop, and then put approximately a billion coats of Mod Podge on top. To get the edges to wrap around the rounded corners of the table, we cut some slits. It wasn't perfect. In fact…

What went wrong:

  • The Mod Podge, even in a billion coats, didn't hold up well to condensation (and freshmen don't always use coasters, yo). If we had known at the time, we probably would have used something like a spray sealant on the top. Also, the paper was still pretty fragile and was cut once or twice from knives while doing prep for cooking. The spray sealant may have helped safeguard against this, too, but I can't be sure.
  • The corners were kind of bunchy around the edges. I didn't care, but if you're doing this as a permanent fixture in a more grown-up house, more attention to detail may be necessary. Or you might not care at all!


The verdict:

As a kitchen table for one year living out of my parents' place, this worked very well. When we needed extra counter space for cooking, we used a table cloth to protect it.

What this would work really well for is an occasional table, like a side table or even coffee table, that doesn't come in contact with knives. Again, not sure about the sealant spray solving the problem if you don't use a coaster. Monica Geller would want you to use a coaster either way, so maybe that's what we should do.

Here's a pic from its heyday, serving some orange Jell-O shots:


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About Caroline Diezyn

Caroline is the Offbeat Empire's copyeditor, the Offbeat Bride Tribe's Community Manager, and Offbeat Home & Life's Assistant Editor. She's an English literature PhD student and an artist from Canada. She likes to dress in all black, has a severe case of wanderlust, and loves art and fashion. You can be her friend on twitter.