With the absence of my Christmas tree, the living room is feeling a bit bare.  I actually moved a small side table into the kitchen to make room for the tree and decided I liked it better in there. Now, I am left with a blank space… darn:)  Lucky for me I recently received this side table below as a freebie.
It’s not terrible.  The style didn’t mesh with my own but I certainly saw potential… and it was free πŸ˜‰
Much to your surprise I’m sure, I decided to paint it black.  It has been too cold here to spray paint so I had to dust the old paint brush off and I gave it 2 coats of Behr satin black.  I stopped at the legs because I knew I would be covering them.  While that was drying, I measured the length from the floor to where I wanted my cover to start.
I used a drop cloth for the skirt.  I just folded it in half on the ground.
I measured off my cut with a pencil.  I took my measurement and added 3″ for the hem and 1″ for the allowance at the top.  After that was cut, I ironed the hem on one side 3″ up. 
To secure it I used my hot glue gun…. so professional, I know!! It works great on this canvas though.
I then turned it around to the front side and marked off 2″ up from the hem with a pencil.  I used a thick black grosgrain to form a line around the bottom and secured it with the hot glue as well.
Now  I was ready for my next step.  I put a gather in the top part of my fabric using my gathering foot.  There are other ways to make gathers but this is by far the fastest.  These are the tools I used on the next part.

Staple gun and cardboard tack strip that you can find at Joann’s or Hobby Lobby.
I placed my now gathered fabric right side down and facing up on the side of my table.  You line your tack strip up where you want you skirt to start and staple to the wood.
Now the back side…
My corners…
I also wrapped a small piece around the back on each side.
Now I stood my table up and let the skirt fall.
Now my final step was to add some cute hardware from Hobby Lobby and put it in it’s new home.  What do you think?  This is a cheap and easy solution to any table with unsightly legs.  I love how it softens the look up a bit.  Here’s a few more shots…
Thanks so much girls for all of your sweet comments on my New York post.  I appreciate them more than you know!!
~Whitney

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  2. Ummm…I might have been given that EXACT table 2 years ago and it still doesn't have a space. That is until now!!! L.O.V.E it! Hello new night stand in my guest bedroom, LOL! To think I almost spent $$$ on one the other day! Thanks for the GREAT idea ~ and my hubby thanks you for the $$$ you just saved us πŸ˜‰

  3. OH wow! That is beautiful! I need to find out now how to get freebie furniture! LOL πŸ™‚ Great job!

  4. Well first of all…I LOVE everything you girls do…but this is my FAVORITE so far. What a clever idea…and its so freeeegin CUTE! I have gotten so much inspiration from you girls…Thank You!

  5. You are the best, Whitney! I love the look. But I think I like it best because it would be a great place to shove the toys under to hide!
    Kudos!

  6. What a beautiful free table it is and was. Love the skirt and like everyone else said, the stripe makes it.