Tuesday, May 17, 2011

No Sew Skirted Console Table

I struggled with what furniture to put on the back wall in our living room.  It couldn't take up too much space, needed to serve as part of our entryway, and provide some much-needed storage.  In the end, I settled on a skirted console table.

I originally planned to use the console table that my parents gave us.  However, I knew it would be a no-sew project, which means lots of staples into a nice piece of furniture (not ideal).  Additionally, I wanted the table to be taller, so I'd need to raise it with bed risers (also not ideal). 

{entryway & table before}

Jeff wasn't a fan of this plan either, and in about 30 minutes built me a console table with scrap wood from our shed!  He also added a shelf, so that we'd have the additional storage needed.  So for $0 we had a custom console table, ready for a skirt!

{Jeff demonstrating the new table's sturdiness}

{view of final table... excuse the unfinished floors!}

I based our skirt off of instructions from Camila at Effortless Style and Jennifer at Newlywed Diaries.  To start with the bottom: Camila used various panels to create a faux pleat in her skirted table.  I took this idea and simplified it for our smaller one.  Instead of 5 panels, we only needed 3.

I cut 2 panels to wrap around the corners and 1 small strip to go down the middle of the table to create a center 'pleat.'  Since I knew the console table would be against the wall, I just wrapped the corner panel a few inches around the back (that's all you would be able to see anyway).

Then I used Stitch Witchery iron-on hem tape to finish the edges (only the ones that would be exposed eventually).  This could not have been easier, and so far the iron-on tape has held really well!

{finished corner}

I also used Stitch Witchery to iron-on the Greek Key trim around the bottom of all the panels.  I just used double rows of tape to make sure the bottom and top of the wide trim was secure.

Jeff was sweet enough to help me with the staple gun.  We stapled the middle section first then layered the 2 corner panels on top to create our pleat.

{shelves already filling up}

For the top, we followed Jennifer's instructions, measuring our fabric and leaving a little overhang on the sides.  We stapled the top piece along the front edge first, with the bulk of the fabric hanging off the front of the table.  So we were actually stapling the underside of the fabric down to the table (sorry we forgot to take pictures here).  Then we folded the top back over itself to create a clean edge.

Next we folded under the sides and placed a little strip of Stitch Witchery underneath and ironed down those edges (and a little over the stapled front pleat to finish it off more)  Lastly, we stapled the back edge of the top panel to the back edge of the table (we stapled down on the underside to make sure no staples were visible from the top of the table)

And here is our finished skirted console table...

The no-sew skirt has been on my list for awhile, and I have to admit being pleasantly surprised with our finished table!  I couldn't be happier with how it came out!


  1. Love this table!! Looks great! Where did you get the greek key trim?

  2. Thank you! I got the trim at a local fabric store (Front Door Fabrics: http://www.frontdoorfabrics.com/) But you can also order it online in a variety of colors from Lewis & Sheron here: http://lsfabrics.com/fabric_catalog.php?cPath=2&pid=7004

    I'm pretty sure its the same trim! Hope that helps!

  3. Thanks for tweeting this! It looks amazing. Love the fabric and trim you used along with those amazing lamps! Bravo!

  4. That looks terrific! I love how light the clear lamps look on top of the table. A very fresh-feeling piece of furniture!