DIY: Quilt a table or cabinet

Do you have an old piece of furniture that’s an eyesore? Here is a unique and fun project for the entire family:

The piece shown is an old oak cabinet that we use for storage. The cabinet was painted green and crackled with a white finish. Green paint was added for trim. Once dry, we glued scrapbooking paper to the panels. We added a unique touch by painting pictures in some of the quilt squares. Get your family involved and have everyone paint a design! My daughter sketched the young girl from a picture she found of a rubber stamp.

What you need:

  • Scrapbooking paper
  • Mod Podge (Matte)
  • Permanent Marker
  • Acrylic Paint (optional)
  • Primer, Paint, crackle (optional)
  • Sandpaper




  • Sand and prime the piece of furniture. Let dry.
  • Paint a dark under color. Let dry.
  • Crackle (follow manufacturers direction).
  • Paint a lighter color. Let dry.
  • Use sandpaper to distress piece.
  • Cut out squares of paper and glue to the piece in a pleasing display. You are piecing  together for a quilt-like affect.
  • Leave some squares empty if you wish to sketch or paint your own pictures.
  • Once dry, use a permanent marker to draw faux stitching around your pieces.
  • Do a final seal with Mod Podge or similar product.
  • Add a glass top if you are designing a table.
  • Use vintage style paper. 
  • Add words or poetry
  • Use pages from a favorite storybook.
  • Add a section of chalkboard paint (It comes in all colors!)
  • Paint on buttons or add real buttons.
  • Use rub-on transfers.
  • Use black and white or sepia photo copies of family members.
  • Add vintage hardware to cabinets.
  • Use recipes if the piece is for the kitchen.
  • Add cork board.
  • Add clothing tags or labels.
  • For an office or studio? Make an envelope out of scrapbooking paper and add as a quilt piece. Use it to hold keepsakes or important papers.
  • For extra storage add a hat box on top of your cabinet that matches the finished piece or quilt a box!


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