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Tin Foil Table Tutorial

Yes, you read that right, I made a tin foil table using mod podge. Before you go thinking about how clever I am, I got the idea from my friend Mandi 2 years ago. She’s got a diy decor blog called Vintage Revivals, and I fell in LOVE with her tin foil nightstand from the get-go. Sounds strange, but the look is awesome! All you need it tin foil, mod podge, & a paint or foam brush. Here is how it all came together for me.

I had this old table that we had stained a few years back. It didn’t really have a home, and kinda fell into my office. I thought it’d be the perfect piece to try out my long awaited dream of tin foiling furniture!

I carefully measured and crinkled out my pieces of tin foil, all ready to apply to the table.

Then had my willing and trusty assistance start adhering the mod podge to the table while I finished prepping the foil.

Really, the mod podge part can’t be messed up. I just pointed out a few drips, and they were gone. I started with the legs and wrapped foil around it like a present…smoothed as I went. I just got home from a workout, and figured I shouldn’t shower since I was in my garage on a 100 degree weather day. You can sorta tell from my face here, that it’s HOT outside!
My girls came in and out of the house with popcycles to watch me after a while. Here are some close ups of the wrapping progress

It got tricky at the curved edges, I just slit them and wrapped them around.  Even if a spot got messed up, I just waited til it dried and patched it up with a small piece of tin foil. Can’t even tell.

After I had applied the tin foil pieces to the whole thing, I applied a coat or two of mod podge on top to seal it. I found an aerosol can of mod podge that I coated the very top with, so there weren’t as many streaks. Once that dried nicely (not long in the Texas heat), I wanted to darken the wrinkles just a touch. Luckily, I had this black Martha Stewart metallic glaze on hand, just waiting for a project. Got it at Home Depot.  It’s small, fits in the palm of my hand.

Then, after it all dried, I applied one last coat of mod podge for an extra measure of durability, and her to her new home in my office!

I get to stare at it and smile from the comfort of my custom yellow desk my hubby built for me.  So what do you think….crazy or cool?

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  1. Think it is super fun!

  2. fabulous! i wish i had a piece of furniture like this table to do this with, this is one of the most awesome things i’ve seen in a long time! lovely!

  3. Oh.My.Lawd. Absolutley LOVE this! So unique and fabulous as well! :)

    What a great “crafting memory” you and your little ladies got to share together. That is SO awesome they got to help out with the project!

    Y’all did such a lovely job. Seriously!


    • Kristen Duke says:

      Thanks, Amanda. I’ll admit, it sometimes tries my patience a bit to let the kids help, but I keep reminding myself of the memories they are hopefully making (the pictures help with that memory), and grit my teeth sometimes.

  4. I LOVE this! So fun, and doesn’t look TOO time-consuming, and it really looks unique. I’m curious how it’ll hold up long-term. But I guess the beauty is that you can just re-foil and re-mod-podge it, right? Awesome!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Yes, I’m curious to see how it’ll hold up, too. In my office, it will mostly hold papers, it’s not deep enough to hold much else!

  5. Incredible!! I had no idea that this was possible but it looks amazing! So fun!

  6. That’s really, really cool. I may just have to try that one day.

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  7. What color are the walls?
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  8. It is perfect for an office! I love it! :)
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  9. I think it’s cool! I love that your girls got to help you!
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  10. I love it!! And, of course, seeing it made me realize that I never got back to you! Sorry about that!!

    And you spray painted the camera!!!!

    It looks super cute!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Thanks, Lorie! I felt bad bugging you on your days away, so it’s all good! I rely on you too much! Yeah, I planned to spray paint the camera–just hadn’t yet;)

  11. Oh, that table turned out so cute…and how fun to work on this project with your girls :) :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)
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  12. nancyeileen says:

    First, I’ve got to tell you that your daughters are darling ~ they’ve got their Mom’s twinkle in their eyes.

    Your table adventure was daring, yet fun! Looks great!

    PS -. What’s the story on the white camera on the table? Im really digging it :)

  13. LOVE it! The creator of Mod Podge, Jan Wetstone, did one of these in the 70s. I’ve seen it in a book and she showed me pictures of it recently when I was showing her my book (funny, huh?). Isn’t that hilarious? I love it that they are coming back around again. I’m all for bringing back 70s crafts!! Love your version!!

  14. Oh my Heavenly Doozers! I was just heading to Lowe’s to pick up some refinishing items… and now I’m totally switching gears and doing this! I have to calm myself down and stop from re-doing everything in tin foil! I don’t have time for Christmas… I have too many projects I want to work on! PS – Thanks for being “real” in your hot garage and workout clothes… we live in Phoenix, so I can totally relate!

    Merry Merry Modge Podging!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Ha!!! you made me smile BIG with your sweet comment–so happy to inspire!!! I have REALLY loved my tin foil table, the look is exactly what I love! Thank you for stopping by and sharing, made my day!

  15. I think I’ll try this on grubby pencil-lead-stained shelf in my classroom. I might add a glaze of flat blue.

  16. I think I’ll try this on grubby pencil-lead-stained shelf in my classroom. I might add a glaze of flat blue.

  17. I think I’ll try this on grubby pencil-lead-stained shelf in my classroom. I might add a glaze of flat blue.

  18. So simple yet so elegant.
    I may not get metallic glaze in India so can you suggest an option.


  19. Wow! I had been wondering about using mod podge with foil. Excellent job!
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  20. I love your idea of “antiquing” it a bit with a glaze. Have you found that it’s worn pretty well? I’m thinking of doing this to a bed side table but it will get a bit more wear than just papers.

    • Kristen Duke says:

      I haven’t worn it too much, I would guess a bed side table would get more abuse. Mod podge holds pretty well, you can also seal it with some polyurethane!

  21. Hello! I featured your table makeover in my monthly blog series, Get Your Color On!. Each month I select a color, provide tips on how to decorate with it, and feature other bloggers with their projects that relate to this color.

    This month’s post is all about silver and gold, so I featured your table because I love how you used a common household item to give new life to a piece of furniture!

    Feel free to grab a featured button and check out my post at Get Your Color On! Silver & Gold. Thanks for sharing your amazing creativity!
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