Covered Coffee Table: Drexel Hack #6

Our Drexel Heritage coffee table scratches and stains so easily. If it wasn’t an eyesore to begin with, it became one just a few months into post. The GSO “solution” of putting one of the dining table scratch pads on top as a protector was.  just. wrong. AdaptationHouse_DrexelHack6_DrexelHeritageCoffeeTableSo I have been staring at this thing (above) and percolating this project since March: okay, last August.  In September I did some Pinteresting, some sketching, and ordered some foam. In November I ordered the faux leather and button-makers. From December through June they gathered dust as I threw my energy into holidays, birthday parties, and R&R. Finally last week – having just returned home from a stateside visit and desperate for some distraction – I made it happen!

Not perfect, but SO much better. I set up a little Friday toast for M and I to kick our heels up on it and celebrate! I also brought a new apple tv home from the states, and that’s my not-so-subtle hint to set it up.

Here’s a little visual DIY guide:

I used:
Foam, 2″ x 30″ x 72″ purchased on Amazon for $21.15.
Faux leather, Textile Creations leather-backed vinyl in “Battle Blue” $6.98 per yard on (no longer sold. It’s for the best. Similar here.)
Dritz Home Nylon Make-to-Match button kit, $3.48 each on
Some big old buttons to anchor the top buttons
Thin but strong wire to thread the buttons onto each other
A spare cut of fabric to protect the surface of the table from the base of the foam
Sewing Machine and thread
Sewing pins

Cut the foam and fabrics down,  sew,  and layer the slipcover onto the table over the foam. Feel free to use the basic guide pdf  below, and message me if you have any questions (like how exactly I got away with my wonky fake tufting).


Overall, I’m pretty happy with the results.  I’m wishing the leather was a little more grey than blue because of the walls, but that’s what you get when you don’t order swatches first… learn another lesson from me!

Last, if you’re a newcomer to DIY or sewing, make it easy on yourself and pick a fabric OTHER than leather. In retrospect, that was needlessly overambitious. The faux tufting was a pain.

I’d love to see YOUR hacked coffee tables, please!

14 thoughts on “Covered Coffee Table: Drexel Hack #6

  1. Awesome! And you will have that SAME coffee table at every overseas post so you can reuse the cover!!

  2. Hey Kelly, we miss you so much here! That’s the idea, and If I get bored with the grey-blue I can made a thin fabric case to slide over the upholstered leather.

  3. Thanks Ahv! I ordered a yard and a half and that was plenty. There was plenty for a few stitch tests and some leftovers to save for a rainy day. Thanks for reading :)

  4. This is great! Now what I need is a way to both cover my Drexel dining table and raise it up about four inches so it is at the same level as my giant “new” Drexel sofa…

  5. Thanks Kelly! I’m so curious, what does the “new” sofa look like? Take pics if you slipcover or hack it!!!

  6. i love this! Am totally unskilled with sewing though — if you ever decide to make and sell, let me be the first customer!!

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