Upholstering a Parsons Console Table

One of the things I bought last weekend at the Chelsea Flea was this old, beat up Parsons console table. The dimensions are *perfect* for the wall I want to put the tv on in the the living room of the brownstone.


But, guys, look at this heavily textured crackle finish. Blerg. There's nothing you can do with that other than strip it. Which is totally an option, but I'm leaning toward upholstering the table with an embossed vinyl or a grasscloth (maybe lacquered grasscloth).


My friends over at Matters of Style did a great tutorial on upholstering an IKEA Malm table.








I think Sarah did such a great job here! Looks super expensive for not a lot of money actually spent. It would be fun to try this with a little nailhead trim too. (here's some inspiration)


PS Sarah also runs an online shop called MoS Marketplace and it's always being updated with the greatest vintage finds! I have the shop's url in my Google Reader subscriptions so I can snag the pieces I want as soon as they're posted.

23 comments:

pve design said...

It would be wonderful if you could find some sort of faux shagreen!
Look forward to seeing what you do with it~
pve

My Crafty Home Life said...

I love MOS, and I remember when the crackled look was all the rage. Boy have times changed.

Lianna said...

I love the idea of upholstering it! That will look fabulous and unique! Can't wait to see the finished project!

Kristin Jackson said...

I have been wanting to do this myself... Have you seen this one? http://www.margotaustin.ca/blog/ikea-hack-malm-occasional-table.html They used Grass Cloth Wall Covering.

Laurie said...

Great table - can't wait to see how it turns out.

baju muslim said...

Lovely table! Love the colors! thanks for sharing

decodeniquo said...

i am SO following your blog... It's not just the DIY department, the interior design part is gorgeous too!

Anh Nguyen said...

what a fab idea. looks great. the pattern of the fabric is perfect.

jessica said...

I love the upholstered look! And also, it makes e so happy to see the diet coke box under your pretty dresser. It's refreshing :)

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

I love this idea! Lots of look for little cash.

www.chattafabulous.blogspot.com

Nancy said...

Love this table! I want one! MoS did a fabulous job on the upholstery..very chic.
Nancy
Powellbrowerhome.com

Christina Marie said...

I would have never thought of this. Brilliant!

Christina
www.becauseofmadalene.com

LGT gal said...

You should do it in the faux ostrich you are always talking about. It would look amazing if it fits the style of your space.

I just started do something similar to Sarah at
lightglassandtrend.blogspot.com

mikky said...

Looking forward to seeing what you do. Definitely go with the nail heads, I think that would be the perfect finishing touch on the table.

:)
mikky
www.todaloos.com

Whitney said...

congrats on the new place! i love LGN so much jennica, you do an incredible job with your blog. it's by far my favorite design blog out there, and i read a lot of them. i love how you put your personality into it and i love your style. i am excited to see what you do with the new digs!

elissa said...

love the upholstery idea... anything will be better than that crackle, i suppose! can't wait to see how it turned out.

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

The grasscloth would look killer! Can't wait to see what you do.

Jamie said...

Seriously! After every post I read on your blog I wonder how you are going to top it. You seriously amaze me with your creativity! Thank you for helping those of us who lack the vision that comes so naturally to you!!

betina luna said...

The table really looks good! DIY at its best.

Brooke said...

Ive been looking for something to go on the backside of my couch (which faces the kitchen) that I can put a couple baskets under to catch all the randoms that seem to escape the rest of the house. This just may be the ticket! I love that the one you got looks pretty long. Any ideas for building one to fit "just right" behind my sofa? Or what do you think about 2 side by side?

JudyMac said...

I have a friend who covered a Parsons table like this many years ago with a smallish sisal rope, row after row after row, covered every square inch of it (glued it on) for the natural/neutral look. It is flat-out gorgeous in any decor, and I have coveted it ever since.

Jessica Buckley Interiors said...

That is awesome! Not sure I would have considered upholstering a table before I saw this post and now I am busy wondering where I can fit one into my apartment!
Great post!
Jess

How2home said...

that is such a great idea! omg! need to try this out..turning something so boring looking into something so original! great post!

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