DIY TIP - How to pretty up that old MDF table you inherited

DIY TIP - How to pretty up that old MDF table you inherited

Furniture made up of MDF (Medium Density Fibre) are great affordable alternatives to hard wood, however, they are not as easy to spruce up when wear and tear sets in over time. This happens relatively quickly in hot, humid climates like ours. You can't sand and re-paint MDF and replacing the laminate covering can be more hassle than its worth.

But fear not, you don't have to throw that old MDF table out as soon as it gets scruffy!

We at LOVE these amazing self-adhesive wall paper rolls at Leung Wui department store on Jln. Jerudong (from as low as BND$2.90) and we have found so many ways to use them beyond papering walls. We've found that they are a great way to update old MDF furniture as well, giving them a clean new look easily and affordably.

Recently we decided to update an old hand-me-down desk for the SquareFeet HQ:

  1. We only needed a ruler, a pair of scissors (or pen knife) and 5 rolls of self-adhesive wall paper with a bleached wood effect.
  2. Each roll only cost BND$2.90!
  3. Measure out the length of the surface of the table.
  4. Cut the sheet of wall paper using the measured grid lines on the lining of the paper.
  5. Slowly attach the sheet to the table surface whilst smoothening out bubbles from the centre to the edges.
  6. Cut off excess pieces using scissors or a pen knife.
  7. Repeat the process until the whole surface is covered, but make sure to keep the pattern in the same direction.

We decided to cover the entire table with the same design to give the entire table a fresher look that fit in with the rest of the office space. It now fits with the rest of the decor instead of looking like a tired, old, hand-me-down!

Don't be afraid to use the self-adhesive wallpaper on other pieces you would like to spruce up, but do keep in mind that if you have real hard wood furniture, it is best to sand and re-finish to maintain the value of the piece!