Santa (a.k.a. my husband) brought the kids an Elmo table last Christmas. I absolutely detest that furry little rodent with his high-pitched, grammatically incorrect manner of speaking, and I detested his table as well. My children loved it. I tolerated it for several months, until its scratches and water damage gave me an excuse to give it a makeover. I busted out my favorite fabrics and some Mod Podge.
First, I spray-painted the tables and chairs white, so Elmo and his friends wouldn’t show through the fabric, no matter how hard they tried. Then, I sponged a thin layer of Mod Podge all over the top and an inch under the bottom of the table top. Carefully, I placed a pre-cut square of Jennifer Paganelli’s “Beauty Queen” fabric on top, and sponged Mod Podge all over the surface.
In spite of my best efforts, there were a lot of air bubbles under the fabric, but they really aren’t that noticeable once everything dried. Then, I got to work on the chairs. It was a lot harder to cover the chairs. I even ran out of the striped fabric and had to improvise by adding a square of blue scrapbook paper to the backs. This looked uneven, so I added some ribbon and rickrack where the stripes met the paper. It looked strange, so I Mod Podged some scrapbook borders around the bottom and top. It looked absolutely ghastly, but I did not notice that until it dried. I was worried about how I could possibly save the chairs, when I remembered some very cute digital artwork I had seen on Etsy. Who can resist a good paper cat by JLeeloo? Certainly not I. Bubsy and Zee chose the cats and their outfits. My husband thinks they look creepy, but the children and I love them. I’m afraid they look yellow in the photos I took tonight, but I just couldn’t wait until daylight to get better photos.
I decoupaged them onto the chair backs, stuck on some jeweled stickers, and gave the chairs and the table a few coats of acrylic sealant, to make them waterproof. I ran out of acrylic sealant and used some good old fashioned spray varnish, which was a mistake, because it smells like chemically-induced vomit now. I suspect that it contributed to my long-suffering husband’s migraine. However, I have high hopes that the smell will fade by morning. If it doesn’t, I guess we will find out if the sealant is really waterproof, because I will be moving this outside.
I set the new and improved table and chairs up in a corner I had decorated with bunting made from–you guessed it–Jennifer Paganelli fabrics. I chose a lot of pink and green, because the kids are on a Strawberry Shortcake kick, and like to pretend they are dining at her cafe. I’m pretty happy with the results. What do you think?