I took the pictures, picked out the tiles, and put together this instructable.
I wouldn't do this to any valuable table, or to a quality wood table. Once these tiles are stuck down, they could damage the table if you try to remove them.
This table is made of particle board, so it's a good candidate for this type of resurfacing.
It seems everyone has at least one of these folding tables with the fake woodgrain surface, and on most of them, the surface is failing in some way.
I'm going to show you a fast, easy, and inexpensive way to resurface your table!
Tools and materials needed:
Sharp utility knife
Plastic scraper (for old surface removal)
Stick on tiles (your choice of pattern!)
Step 1: Remove the Old Surface Cover.
My table's surface appeared to be some sort of waxed paper. No wonder it was coming off!
This step took about 20 minutes to complete.
Step 2: Start Resurfacing!
I found some stick-on type tiles at Home Depot that I liked, and they were only .69 each!
Just pick out something that you like, and go for it.
Lay the tiles on the table and see what pattern you like, or what will result in the least amount of cutting (which is how I did it).
Laying out the tiles as pictured requires only 2 sides to be trimmed, plus all 4 corners.
Step 3: Make Sure the Tiles Are Going to Remain Stuck.
Another good option would be to place the table in the sun for a while to heat up the sticky side of the tiles and help them adhere better.
Step 4: Finished!
You now have a finished table with a much-improved surface!