How to Turn Any Table into an Art Table

How to Turn Any Table into an Art Table

I’ve drooled over the Pottery Barn Craft Tables for months!  But they are way out of our budget. I love that paper roll that goes across the table. It’s like instant art project access.  I’ve searched Craigslist for one of the PB Craft Tables, but I had no luck. One day I came across a Carolina Play Table with two benches for $50. It wasn’t a craft table (no paper roll…boo…) but for the price I couldn’t pass it up! So I sent the hubby on a trek across town for this Craigslist jewel. Luckily, I have a handy hubby who said, “You want a paper roll, I’ll give you a paper roll!”. So here’s how to turn any little Craigslist table find into a fantastic craft table with an installed paper roll!

How to Make Any Table an Art Table


  • Large  1 -3/8 in. Rod, length dependent on the table
  • Wood Closet Rod Supports (see picture)

Art Table Supplies

This is actually way too simple! Install the wood closet rod supports on the underside of the table. Where these are installed will depend a lot on the design of the table. Be sure to allow room for the paper roll.

Art Table Supplies

We left the grooved closet rod support a little loose so that we could turn it to the side to remove the rod easily to add the paper.

Art Table Supplies

Cut the rod to the appropriate length to fit in between the wood closet rod supports.

Place the paper roll on the rod.

Art Table Under the Table

Enjoy the ‘new’ craft table!

 How to Make Any Table an Art Table


15 Responses to How to Turn Any Table into an Art Table

  1. Annie says:

    This is genius!!! Thank you for sharing this idea!

  2. Marilyn says:

    Wow, Melanie, using closet rods for this is simply genius! My guys always loved drawing on the table/paper table cloth..this would be any kids paradise!

  3. Jeannie says:

    That is so cleaver I didn’t know there was such a product available to hold the rod.

  4. This is so great and affordable too.

  5. Teresa says:

    Great idea, and not too difficult of a project. Thanks for sharing this!

  6. Jessica P says:

    This is so awesome! I have a four year old who absolutely loves to color and draw in her room. I never thought to turn her table into an “art” table but its such a great idea. Seems pretty easy too. I may be able to do this one on my own! Thanks for the idea :)

  7. ChiWei says:

    It looks so easy! Wrote this down in my blog planner to do!

  8. autumn eaton says:

    oh wow this is great!! What a neat idea. Saving this for sure. Cheap and easy to make a plan table into an awesome art table

  9. Kellie says:

    This is a great idea and a way to reduce the mess that normally happens with arts and cracts.

  10. Lisa says:

    Great job!! You have given me some excellent ideas, thanks!

  11. super smart- I love this idea!

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