My wife chose to use decoupage for this project. Decoupage is a technique that uses a glue substance to mount paper to a surface. The paper is dipped in the glue so that it is entirely soaked and then placed on the surface. For more about decoupage click here. Other ideas for table top:
- Glue down a poster
- Break up old tiles and make a mosaic
To finish the top I applied three coats of Minwax® Polycrylic. If you have money to throw away you might consider using the epoxy coat that they use to coat bar tops. The Polycrylic seals the surface so that the paper is not exposed moisture (e.g. from the bottom of your coffee cup).