Sisal Rope Table

Sorry about the radio silence the past couple of days. I have been deep in project. This project:

I was sitting, minding my own business, when I noticed the ottoman on the June cover of House Beautiful magazine.

I really like the natural fiber look of the ottoman, and at over $5000 for the Ralph Lauren ottoman, I figured I’d better find a way to DIY something to bring that look into my house.

I have an Ikea Lack side table that the Mr. and I bought years ago when we were just starting out and had no furniture. It was headed for the dumpster, when I thought it would be perfect if it was covered in sisal rope. This project took a good amount of time, and my fingers are sore and burnt, but it in the end it was absolutely worth it.

Supplies: table, sandpaper, 2 packages ¼” x 100 feet sisal rope, 3 packages 3/8″ x 50 feet sisal rope, E600 adhesive and a hot glue gun with a ton of hot glue sticks (mine is a mini one and I used over 100 sticks!)

Start out by lightly sanding the entire table and then wipe it off with a damp cloth (in a well ventilated area) I started with the legs (sorry, I forgot to take pictures of this step) and used the hot glue gun to stick the rope on the bottom of the leg with a side that will be facing inside to the table. On two opposite sides of the leg, I put a line of the E600, and the other two side of the leg I hot glued the rope to the table as I wrapped it around the leg, working my way to the top. Repeat on the other three legs.

For the table top, start at a corner that will be at the back.

Glue down the end to the table very well, and put some glue at the end of the rope to help keep it from unraveling. I put a thin line of E600 on the side and then a line of hot glue next to it. Then I just started wrapping the sides. Once I got to the top, I made a kind of lip so that the rope is higher than the tabletop.

Then I glued the rope on to the tabletop, starting at the outside edge, still with both the hot glue gun and the E600. When I got to the end of my rope (ha ha) I just glued the end down and started with a new one next to it. I just kept wrapping in the square shape until I got to the middle.

You can still see the color of the table underneath, so I’d use a black white or natural colored table to make it less obvious. Also, don’t be surprised if you find color variations between the different packs of’s natural you know.

It takes about 24 hours for the E600 adhesive to cure..then it’s finished! The rope seems to be on there pretty good, so I’m not worried about any unraveling. I’m considering getting a piece plexiglass to cover the top to protect it from spills and dust and other icky stuff. But for now, I’m just loving my new table!

Linked to: House of Hepworths, Somewhat Simple, The Shabby Chic Cottage, Whipperberry, 504 Main, Remodelaholic, Fingerprints on the Fridge, 30 Days, Tidy Mom, Tatertots and Jello, Funky Junk Interiors, Be Different..Act Normal, Under the Table and Dreaming, I ♥ Naptime, Flamingo Toes, Today’s Creative Blog, Tip Junkie, Home Stories A2Z, C.R.A.F.T., Designer Garden, Alchemy Fine Living

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  1. says

    I love that you were inspired by a ridiculously expensive piece and found a way to make it happen for a very small price tag. Yours looks as good as the magazine cover. Great job and thanks for the tutorial.

  2. says

    I LOVE this! Found you through Tatertots & Jello. I have a similar table in our vacation rental and never thought about covering it with sisal…it would be perfect for a vacation house! Thanks for the inspiration – xo
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  3. says

    This is AMAZING! So amazing that I featured it on my Tutorial Tuesday- Be sure to head over and grab your feature button-and if you have a minute take a look around!

    Newlyweds on a Budget

  4. Jess says

    I saw this on Apartment Therapy, and I love it. I have two old tables similar to this–from Target, not Ikea–and I’ve been debating whether to save them or toss them. I think this is a really creative idea, and I am definitely going to try it out! Thanks for sharing.

  5. says

    Hi, friend! I’m admiring all your creative posts here so can you please share them with us at the Creative Bloggers’ Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :)

    PS: I am also currently holding a blog party called Market Your Biz and Giveaways where you can link up your etsy, online boutique or giveaways. You’re more than welcome to come and get your business and giveaways promoted.


  1. […] Stools aren’t the only pieces than can be wrapped in rope. Table can be sued for that too. If you have an old table that needs a makeover you can try this project. It’s not very complicated and your table will look stunning after that. You’ll need 2 packages of 1/4″ x 100′ sisal rope, 3 packages of 3/8″ x 50′ sisal rope, E600 adhesive, and a hot glue gun with a jumbo pack of glue sticks. The process is similar to that described at no.1.{found on sparklepantsgirl}. […]

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