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How to Create a Leather-Topped Table

Giving an old table new life can be as easy as applying new paint and a leather top.

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Step 1: Watch an Overview Video

Step 2: Prepare for the Project

Spreading out craft paper will prevent spray paint from ruining your work surfaces. Smoothing the table with sandpaper will give you better results when you apply the paint.

Earth tones or a contrasting deep red or hunter green are good color choices. When measuring the leather, allow for enough overage to wrap it all the way under the table.

Step 3: Apply the Leather to the Table

Spread out the leather right side down on a flat workspace then apply a spray-on adhesive to the leather and to the tabletop (Image 1). Always wear a mask and work in a well-ventilated area when applying a spray adhesive. After you apply the leather to the table’s surface, wait 30 seconds and then smooth the leather across the surface. By placing the table upside down onto the leather (Image 2), you can easily pull it under and tack it place.

Step 4: Secure the Leather With Decorative Tacks

You can then apply masking tape around the sides of the table and mark a pattern for decorative tacks onto the tape. Use decorative tacks and brad nails to secure the leather to the sides of the table.

Creating a zigzag pattern or rows of two or three will not only make the sides more interesting, it will more firmly hold the leather in place. Once your pattern is complete the tape can be carefully removed. This quick and inexpensive project will turn an ordinary table into an extraordinary one.