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How to transform your kids’ play table

Kids can be hard on their playthings, but when you give your kids’ table a makeover with this DIY furniture trick, turning your trashed furnishings back into treasures is not only affordable but fun to do.

Give playroom furniture new life
Mod Podged play table

Learn how to Mod Podge furniture and transform your kids’ play table into upcycled playroom decor.


Play table makeover supplies

  • Wooden play table
  • Paper map of your choice
  • Mod Podge or other decoupage paste
  • Foam brush
  • Scissors
  • Clear acrylic spray paint

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Remove the table legs

Play table makeover

Before you Mod Podge furniture, remove the legs and any original plastic or foam covering from your play table and make sure the table’s surface is clean and dry. Then, flip the tabletop face down with the map underneath and trim off any excess. However, remember to leave a little extra to fold over the edge and under the surface of your table for a more finished look.


Apply the Mod Podge

Mod Podge play table

Next, turn your tabletop face up and paint a thin layer of Mod Podge on one strip of your table’s surface to adhere your paper. Working in small strips at a time will help minimize the wrinkles and bubbles your finished surface will have.


Pay attention to the edges

Play table makeover

Now, before it dries, carefully smooth your map out onto the Mod Podged surface a little bit at a time to limit wrinkles. Just remember to coat and cover the sides of your table and wrap your map slightly underneath as well.


Add a thin layer over the map

Mod Podge top of map

After allowing about 30 minutes of drying time (to reduce the likelihood of bubbles and wrinkles), add a thin layer of Mod Podge over the entire face and sides of your map to seal in the paper, brushing it on in a horizontal direction. Resist the urge to slop a ton of decoupage paste on at a time — getting your paper too wet will make a ton of bubbles and wrinkles. Allow 30 minutes for drying time, then brush on an additional layer in a vertical direction.


Allow to dry thoroughly


Finally, after allowing your Mod Podge to dry for 24 hours, give your table top 2 coats of clear acrylic spray paint according to the drying time directions on the can. This will help prevent small amounts of moisture from ruining your table makeover when your youngsters bring cups, water paint and more to your easy DIY furniture renovation.

Image credit: Michelle Maffei

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