This table belonged to my sisters and I as children. When it passed to me, it was this same wood stain and could have used refinishing or painting. Rather than doing either, I decided to decoupage the top with paper doll clothes. I found these in back issues I had saved of Mary Engelbreit’s Home Companion magazine, which I collected for years before they quit publishing it. I simply painted the backs of each set of dollclothes with watered-down white Elmer’s glue (you could also use decoupage medium) using a sponge craft brush. I placed them one at a time where I wanted them, then coated them with Elmer’s glue again (it dries clear). Two more coats of watered-down glue and I was finished.
And so it’s been for the last eight years. My girls use it to eat at, craft on, and do puzzles on. I still love it. It reminds me of my own childhood, and I’m sure it’ll remind me of my daughters’ childhoods when they are grown and gone. I hope my grandchildren will enjoy it, too.