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DIY: Canvas Table Top

DIY: Canvas Table Top

Corinne Gilbert, the discerning designer and owner of Mc & Co. in Williamsburg, has come up with a great coffee-table top for her home; gessoed canvas stretched across a hollow core door and affixed with upholstery tacks on the sides. When the canvas starts to look a little shabby, a coat of paint spruces it up again. Genius.

A basic hollow core door will retail for $15 to $25 new, but this is an ideal material to salvage from a home construction project. With some mid-weight primed canvas, upholstery tacks, and a hammer, you’re almost done.

Above: Gilbert’s finished product.

Above: Primed Medium-Weight Cotton Canvas is 63 inches wide and sold for $8.79 per yard at Blick.

We recently posted on using canvas drop cloths in your home decor. For another great use for versatile canvas, see Remodelista’s post, Outdoors: Beckel Canvas Tents.

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1:54AM PDT on Apr 4, 2013


1:00PM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

Thanks for the article.

2:37PM PDT on Oct 4, 2011

Interesting. Not by style,though.

9:08PM PDT on Sep 2, 2011

I'm seeing this as primed canvas over an exceedingly ugly table top, host a party, have everyone paint on it and then seal that baby with a couple coats.
No tracking down the door and feet, no new purchases aside from canvas and paints/brushes/sponges and sealant.
staple canvas under the exceedingly ugly table top.

I'm already looking at some of our pick pile tables.....bwahhahahahahaaaa!

12:28AM PDT on Sep 2, 2011

Very imaginative!

3:25AM PDT on Jul 16, 2011

Thank you

4:33AM PDT on Nov 2, 2010

I find it gorgeous, but its white and I happen to be extra clumsy so...:/

1:19AM PDT on Nov 2, 2010


10:51AM PDT on Nov 1, 2010

Canvas, even Gesso'd, would get dirty, and warp very quickly. It would have to be sealed and reinforced. Coffee tables see much wear and tear.

11:50PM PDT on Oct 30, 2010

That's really pretty, thanks for sharing :)

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