Easy Camper Table Remodel

When we did the complete remodel of our 96′ Winnebago camper, we decided to paint our dinette table.  But that didn’t turn out so well.

After our disappointment in the countertop paint, we decided to scrape the paint off and try fix the eyesore.

Uh.  Yeah.  It didn’t work so well…


Oh disappointment!  The tabletop surface was pretty trashed & we needed a solution.

Here were our ideas for fixing our table:

  • Replace the tabletop
  • Paint with a different brand countertop paint
  • Mod Podge something artsy and cover with a thick coat of Polyurethane
  • Use a tablecloth
  • Wear a blindfold

We chose to use a tablecloth.  But instead of just laying a tablecloth on top that would slide around and give something for the kids to hide their broccoli under, we decided to affix a laminate tablecloth semi-perminantly to the surface.

I picked up the fabric from Hobby Lobby.  They have a decent selection of laminate fabric.  This particular one was $15/yard,minus the 30% discount that their decorator fabric always seems to be.


I stretched and stapled the cloth all the way around the table and it’s working out nicely!  It only cost $11 after the discount.

Oh and you see those cup holder holes in the first picture at the top?  Our table has inserts for those holes to set your drink in but we never used them for their intended purposes.  Honestly, our kids spent more time taking them off the table and standing on them as they slide across the RV.

This is not a permanent solution of course.  You know since it’s basically a wipeable fabric  table cloth.  If there are tears in the fabric or the laminate wears away, we’ll take the cover off and recover it.  But for $11, that’s not bad!  Best of all it didn’t involve stripping, prepping, and days of curing.

Stay tuned for our countertop fix, (which is still in the works).



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  1. Looks great! I recently did the same thing to my camper table except I bought the gray chevron print..keeping my fingers crossed it holds up for awhile!

  2. This might sound like a silly question, but did you just pull it tight and staple it?

  3. Silly question. Do you ever fold this down to make the bed part? If yes, does it wear the tablecloth down faster? I bought a regular vinyl table cloth but I think it is going to end up being too thick. Love your idea!!!!! Need to see more since we just bought a used camper and it needs lots of tlc.

    • Hi Connie! Yes, we did fold it down for a bed and there were no problems with that at all. Our kids are the rough and tumble type and forks, pens, toys scraped the table covering. I’d say full-time living, we’d have to change out the covering every 4 to 6 months. Not a permanent solution but it sure does make for an easy change of decor! 🙂

  4. I’m thinking of modge podgeING a USA map onto our table, but I like your idea as well.

  5. How did you avoid wrinkling at the corners when folding it under? Looks really smooth!

    • Hi Jess! It is sewed to be a very snug fit and the curves are trimmed so there isn’t bunching when it’s turned right side out. Hope this helps!

  6. This is a lovely solution to an ugly (sorry!) table 🙂 Also, Con-tact paper can be used much the same way and it comes in a variety of prints. Its pretty durable too. You can buy a small roll at WalMart for around $6, which would be more than enough to cover a small rv table. We are using it for the table as well as the counters in our camper redo.


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