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« on: November 14, 2008 11:55:36 AM »

Ok...I got a vintage 50s coffee table today at a charity shop...it's like an oblong but with rounded off corners and lovely tapered legs..completely 50s...BUT...it's kind of an ugly brown colour and a bit faded...I was thinking of doing either some Decoupage...covering it completely legs n' all....with either 50s dressmaking patterns and mags...OR I wanted to take a bit of 50s fabric and cover the top of it..I fancy this option most...but how can I make it waterproof and hardwearing? I know I could get a peice of glass cut to shape but it seems like a LOT of expense...is there any other way to waterproof and protect a fabric covered tabletop? I really want to do this..its so cute but doesn't go with my living room..which is vintage 50's is but in a rambling rose kind of way..not modernist... Undecided...can anyone please help me? Advice?
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« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2008 12:19:25 PM »

I know mod podge and other decoupage mediums are waterproofing for paper, I'm not sure whether it would work with fabric, though.  They also have polyurethane varnish, that gives it a clear, shiny finish, it's waterproof, I think. 

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« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2008 12:55:16 PM »

I'm in the UK and we don't have that Mod Podge stuff here...I thought of varnish...or some sort of decoupage medium..do you think it would make the fabric change colour...as in go darker...a lot? I don't have a clue what I'm doing but really want this table to look nice...
« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2008 07:34:54 PM »

It might  be expensive, but you could look for some vintage-inspired oilcloth to cover the top, at least.
« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2008 09:26:36 PM »

Thinned down white glue will work almost as well as Modge Podge.  And, you might be able to get a piece of plexiglass (and cutter) at a building supply instead of glass.  Here its a lot cheaper than a piece of glass thick enough not to break on the tabletop. If you sand the edges, use clear nailpolish to make them shiny again.
« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2008 07:16:35 PM »

they have this stuff at the sport and outdoor stores that a spray that water proofs fabric.they use it on tents and stuff. maybe that or you could use a vintage vinyl table cloth to cover it instead of fabric
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