My poor sad table was on it's way out to the curb with the garbage. It was my parents table from the 1980's. My dog had chewed the legs, and it was covered in water stains. Most of the chairs had broken, I only had one left. I was lucky and scored the chairs at a yard sale to complete my set. Whoohoo! I was thumbing through The Farm Chicks in the Kitchen, and was inspired by her kitchen table.
I began by ordering my oilcloth here. You can order the cloth to be shipped rolled or folded up. Having it folded is less money, but I recommend having it rolled. The creases are hard to get out. Next time I recover my table, I will definitely spring to have it rolled. I lightly sanded my table(mostly to get the gunky dried syrup off-ewwww!) primed it, and spray painted it. To apply the oilcloth I put it on the table, pulled it super tight, and placed heavy objects on top to keep it in place. I then folded it under and stapled gunned it to the underside of the table. When you get your first staple in place, go to the other side, pull tight, and staple on the opposite side. Have you ever put a trampoline together? It's like that. Alternating sides, not straight around, that is the best way to get it tight. I am SOOO happy with how it turned out! I am thrilled I didn't chuck this baby!