Thrifty Thursday: Mod Podge Tabletop


I am a bargain shopper. A consignment and thrift store treasure hunter if you will. And I am proud of it! You learn to be frugal when you have kids and limited funds. I was recently perusing in my local Savers thrift store, looking for an item I need for a future project, with no luck. Of course I could not leave just yet…what about “buried treasure?” I could miss out on the deal of a lifetime if I didn’t take a few moments to further explore! (Ok maybe that’s a little dramatic, but you get my point).

I started sifting through a cluster of furniture and electronics – and – there – it – was. A super cute, kid-sized, folding table. And for $5? Yes please! The top of the table was a bit stained and worn but that was all that was wrong with it. Didn’t matter because I had big plans for this cute little piece of furniture!


My cat sitting curiously next to my new treasure


Do you have a table you feel is in need of a makeover? Mod Podge can help!

What I used for my table makeover:

  • Mod Podge
  • Sponge brush
  • Scrapbook paper (you can also use fabric, wrapping paper, or pages from a book!)
  • Rolling pin (to help get rid of air bubbles)


First, I figured out my color scheme and pieces of scrapbook paper I wanted to use and then arranged them until I got the look I wanted. (Honestly, I think I spent the most time on this step of the process).

Next, I painted a layer of Mod Podge on the top of the table (not real “gloppy” thick, but also not so thin that it dries before you can put the paper on).

Then I placed my scrapbook paper pieces back on the Mod Podged table and *here is where you want to utilize that rolling pin and get rid of any ripples and air bubbles that might appear.* Then, I added a layer of Mod Podge on top of the papers to seal them.

A layer of Mod Podge on top of my design

I let it dry overnight. Here is Caroline and Emma’s “new” table. Oh the things Caroline loves doing at her table… puzzles, coloring, reading, and playing tea party, just to name a few.

Ta-da! A fun new design!

So GO! Mod Podge away my friends. But I will warn you… once you start, you don’t want to stop. I’m already looking for my next Mod Podge project.


*Side Note: Since doing this project I have decided to spray paint the edges and legs of the table. You might want to consider this option as well. Just waiting for the chance to steal away the table from my two year old for a day or two.

8 comments on “Thrifty Thursday: Mod Podge Tabletop”

  1. Hi,
    I just came across the post when looking for some craft ideas for my kitchen table. Do you reckon, is modpodge project like yours durable enough for a dining table?

  2. Modge Podge is my favorite!! Last year i made myself a pair of glitter ballet flats using modge podge and a TON of glitter. they are my faves!

    1. I have a love affair with Mod Podge as well! Love the idea of using it for the glitter ballet flats! Did you seal it with anything or just use mod podge and glitter? I would just be afraid to get them wet.

    1. Thank you Kris-Ann! And thank you for sharing the link – I love the idea of doing this to chairs too. I might just have to try it! Time to dig out my fabric scraps 🙂

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