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Goodwill Home Décor Expert - Merri Cvetan

Merri Cvetan

My weekly column for Amazing Goodwill and my design blog, Design Coach, are about all things design, living a stylish life and entertaining (like setting a great table). I share DIY projects, decorating and design tips, as well as ideas and secrets.

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Back to College – Dorm Room Table

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Aug 9, 2016 4:19:42 PM

DIY dorm tableBack-to-School shopping starts earlier every summer. If you’re moving into a dormitory this fall, you need more than just new clothes and books. The thing with dorm rooms is they’re short on storage space and each has the same nondescript furniture. This custom folding table is one way to solve both of these issues. You not only get an additional work surface, but it doesn’t take up any space when folded—and you can add your own personality.

This style table was originally called a TV tray and usually sold in a set of four with their own little stand. I remember seeing them with metal legs and a “decorated” top. This one is wood, very sturdy and a Goodwill bargain at $3.99.

I chose to spray paint only the top. The finish on the legs is in good condition and painted legs will eventually just get scratched up. My plan was to make a stylized checkered flag pattern, so I went with white.

I wanted a fast and easy project, so I used black electrical tape. It has a low tack adhesive which means it repositionable, removable and won’t damage the paint.

Just crisscross pieces of tape on the top of the table (make sure the paint is completely dry). I “eyed” my lines, but you can use a ruler if you want exact spacing. The best part of this project is you can make any design and electrical tape comes in several colors. Next summer, you can change the design to fit your new dorm room.

Topics: dorm decor, Merri Cvetan, home decor expert Merri Cvetan, DIY dorm decor, DIY table

  • dorm table

    If you’re moving into a dormitory this fall, you need more than just new clothes and books. The thing with dorm rooms is they’re short on storage space and each has the same nondescript furniture. This custom folding table is one way to solve both of these issues. You not only get an additional work surface, but it doesn’t take up any space when folded—and you can add your own personality.

  • dorm table

    This style table was originally called a TV tray and usually sold in a set of four with their own little stand. I remember seeing them with metal legs and a “decorated” top. This one is wood, very sturdy and a Goodwill bargain at $3.99.

  • dorm table
    I chose to spray paint only the top. The finish on the legs is in good condition and painted legs will eventually just get scratched up. My plan was to make a stylized checkered flag pattern, so I went with white.
  • dorm table

    I wanted a fast and easy project, so I used black electrical tape. It has a low tack adhesive which means it repositionable, removable and won’t damage the paint.

  • dorm-table

    Just crisscross pieces of tape on the top of the table (make sure the paint is completely dry). I “eyed” my lines, but you can use a ruler if you want exact spacing. The best part of this project is you can make any design and electrical tape comes in several colors. Next summer, you can change the design to fit your new dorm room.