Step 1: Choose your Wallpaper – you can find all different types and styles of wallpaper on Etsy. Be sure to purchase the correct amount for covering the table. Since wallpaper is usually sold in quantities appropriate for covering walls, don’t purchase an unnecessary amount.
Step 2: Prime the Surface – wood primer should be available at any hardware store.
Step 3: Cut a Square of Wallpaper – trim a square that is about 6 inches longer that the table on all sides to ensure there is enough material.
Step 4: Begin Applying Wallpaper – make sure the adhesive on the back of the wall paper is damp, but not dripping. Then apply the paper and carefully press down starting in the middle and work your way out towards the ends. Since we will be distressing the table, no need to fret about imperfections such as tiny bubbles or wrinkles.
Step 5: Trim the Paper – using an Xacto knife and a ruler, trim the edges of the wallpaper to match the edges of the table top. Don’t apply too much pressure to the knife or the wood will be damaged.
Step 6: Sand the top – use a lower-grade grit sandpaper to begin with. Depending on the quality of your wallpaper, you may need a higher grit size to achieve the results you want.