How to Replace a Glass Top Table With an Upholstered Top

The glass on my wrought iron table was broken in our move. It was so expensive to replace it so I used a piece of plywood and covered it with outdoor fabric and it lasted 6 years. So when I was having a backyard party I decided to just cover it again with new fabric. It turned out so cute !!!!

How to Replace a Glass Top Table With an Upholstered Top
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Using a jigsaw cut your plywood down to the size and shape you want your table top to be.  Sand the edges.  We had an electric sander but plain sandpaper works just as good.

Using a jigsaw cut your plywood down to the size and shape you want your table top to be. Sand the edges. We had an electric sander but plain sandpaper works just as good.

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Sand the top of the plywood really good so that it doesn't have any ridges in it.

Sand the top of the plywood really good so that it doesn't have any ridges in it.

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Flip it over and sand any rough edges on the bottom of the plywood.

Flip it over and sand any rough edges on the bottom of the plywood.

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Position your fabric on the table top.  Mine had a pattern so I made sure both designs, horizontally and vertically were squared up.

Position your fabric on the table top. Mine had a pattern so I made sure both designs, horizontally and vertically were squared up.

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I put one staple underneath, on one end to hold the fabric in place. Make sure your fabric design is centered at the top and bottom as well as side to side.

I put one staple underneath, on one end to hold the fabric in place. Make sure your fabric design is centered at the top and bottom as well as side to side.

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Flip the fabric back and let it drop on the end that is held by the staple.

Flip the fabric back and let it drop on the end that is held by the staple.

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Apply a generous coat of the Mod Podge

Apply a generous coat of the Mod Podge

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Just pour it all over the plywood and roll it - completely covering the top - even allowing it to run over the edges.

Just pour it all over the plywood and roll it - completely covering the top - even allowing it to run over the edges.

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Let it dry and reapply another coat repeating the same process as before.

Let it dry and reapply another coat repeating the same process as before.

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Put your roller in a plastic bag and twist it up tightly so it won't dry out.  Do this after every coat of Mod Podge

Put your roller in a plastic bag and twist it up tightly so it won't dry out. Do this after every coat of Mod Podge

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Pull the fabric across the top stretching it tight. Smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles.

Pull the fabric across the top stretching it tight. Smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles.

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Check to make sure the design stays square.  I have this huge Tsquare but you can do it just by making marks on your plywood and aligning the marks with the design of the fabric.

Check to make sure the design stays square. I have this huge Tsquare but you can do it just by making marks on your plywood and aligning the marks with the design of the fabric.

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Staple the fabric underneath at the other end and on both sides - in the middle.

Staple the fabric underneath at the other end and on both sides - in the middle.

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Flip the table over and staple around the entire table pulling the fabric tight as you go and trying to staple in a straight line.

Flip the table over and staple around the entire table pulling the fabric tight as you go and trying to staple in a straight line.

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The corners will look a little messy but you are going to clean that up so don't worry.

The corners will look a little messy but you are going to clean that up so don't worry.

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Trim all the excess.

Trim all the excess.

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Cut as close to the staples as possible.

Cut as close to the staples as possible.

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Apply the Roman Shade Magnet Tape to cover the raw edge.

Apply the Roman Shade Magnet Tape to cover the raw edge.

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Continue all the way around the entire edge.

Continue all the way around the entire edge.

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Applying the Magnet Shade Tape isn't necessary, however, doing this  makes it look so much  cleaner.

Applying the Magnet Shade Tape isn't necessary, however, doing this makes it look so much cleaner.

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Flip the table over and pour a generous puddle of the Mod Podge in the center.

Flip the table over and pour a generous puddle of the Mod Podge in the center.

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Spread the coat out evenly with the paint roller.

Spread the coat out evenly with the paint roller.

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Don't forget to coat the edge of the table just as well.  Repeat 4 or 5 more times.  The instructions say to allow 5 hrs between coats but I did mine outside on a sunny day so it didn’t take that long

Don't forget to coat the edge of the table just as well. Repeat 4 or 5 more times. The instructions say to allow 5 hrs between coats but I did mine outside on a sunny day so it didn’t take that long

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After the top is completely dry you are ready to install it on your table.

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 I used conduit brackets but your table will determine how you should attach your table top to your table.

I used conduit brackets but your table will determine how you should attach your table top to your table.

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We really enjoy eating out on my new table top as often as possible.  It wipes clean with a damp cloth and holds up great out in the weather year round.

We really enjoy eating out on my new table top as often as possible. It wipes clean with a damp cloth and holds up great out in the weather year round.

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Be sure and join us OutOnThaPorch  at our Pate Meadows Designs YouTube channel https://youtu.be/ah5hjqm8FYQ

Be sure and join us OutOnThaPorch at our Pate Meadows Designs YouTube channel youtu.be/ah5hjqm8FYQ

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