How to Paint and Add a Design to a Table Using Gift Wrap

Transform a thrift store find into a cheery accent for your home using paint and decorative gift wrap. An easy way to fake a decorative finish when you don't have decorative painting skills.

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How to Paint and Add a Design to a Table Using Gift Wrap
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Sand table to rough up the finish using 100 grit sandpaper.  This will provide some "tooth" for the paint to adhere.  Clean off sanding debris with a damp cloth, let dry.

Sand table to rough up the finish using 100 grit sandpaper. This will provide some "tooth" for the paint to adhere. Clean off sanding debris with a damp cloth, let dry.

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Using an angled brush, paint table in Rich Navy.  Apply 2 light coats, letting the first one dry before applying the second. Once dry, check to make sure  color is even, apply third coat if needed.

Using an angled brush, paint table in Rich Navy. Apply 2 light coats, letting the first one dry before applying the second. Once dry, check to make sure color is even, apply third coat if needed.

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Once paint is completely dry. Cut gift wrap about 3 inches larger all around than the table top.

Once paint is completely dry. Cut gift wrap about 3 inches larger all around than the table top.

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Lay gift wrap on table and use fingers to crease the paper all along the edges to get a perfect fit. The crease will become the cutting line.

Lay gift wrap on table and use fingers to crease the paper all along the edges to get a perfect fit. The crease will become the cutting line.

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Cut the excess paper with scissors or a craft knife.

Cut the excess paper with scissors or a craft knife.

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Remove paper and spray back with spray glue. Wait 1-2 minutes for glue to get tacky. Line up paper along one edge of table and slowly roll the paper over the table smoothing with your hands.

Remove paper and spray back with spray glue. Wait 1-2 minutes for glue to get tacky. Line up paper along one edge of table and slowly roll the paper over the table smoothing with your hands.

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For open shelf, cut the paper about 3 inches larger all around so you have excess paper that can be wrapped around the edge and secured underneath. This will give the edge a finished look.

For open shelf, cut the paper about 3 inches larger all around so you have excess paper that can be wrapped around the edge and secured underneath. This will give the edge a finished look.

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Voila!  A decorative table that required no artistic painting skills.

Voila! A decorative table that required no artistic painting skills.

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The thick glossy  paper is easy to clean. If placing a drink on the table, use a coaster to protect the finish.

The thick glossy paper is easy to clean. If placing a drink on the table, use a coaster to protect the finish.

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If you don't have gift wrap, consider using maps or leftover wallpaper.

If you don't have gift wrap, consider using maps or leftover wallpaper.

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