a table for breakfast in bed is my fave

February 12, 2013


Today’s post is from Joy of Frock Files. I now resolve to have breakfast in bed more often. 

At my house, we have coffee in bed every morning. There’s something peaceful about having a quiet moment to sip away before kicking into high gear. But all too often, our coffee cups go sliding off of the breakfast tray, creating a bit of chaos and causing an extra load of laundry. Needless to say, it’s not a great start to the day.

My solution: a little table with four legs and a non-slip surface. I used a Xonex writing mat, which is pretty enough to look at but also grippy enough to keep my cups and plates from moving around. And my favorite Rifle Paper Co. wrapping paper gets a permanent home here thanks to the magic of Mod Podge.

So now I get to have my coffee with an extra bit of sweetness — and no spills.


– 1 Xonex writing mat
– 1 17.5” x 19.75” piece of wood
– 4 Waddell table legs (4”)
– 4 Waddell mounting plates
– Mod Podge
– 2 sponge brushes
– Super Glue
– Paint and painter’s tape (optional)


1. Start by painting your table legs the color of your choice. I had some charcoal grey leftover from painting my office walls, so I used that, but the varieties are endless! Follow the first coat with a second one.

2. Coat the unprinted side of your paper and the top of your wood with Mod Podge. I used plywood, but I’d suggest using a cutting board, shelf, or some other finished piece of wood, which will cut down on air bubbles from unevenness.

3. Lay the paper down with the coated side up, then put the coated side of the wood face down on top of it. Turn over and smooth out any air bubbles.



4. Cut the corners of the paper diagonally, leaving ⅛” at the edge. Coat the paper and the edge of the wood with glue and fold over. Do the same with the top portion, then continue with the other three sides.

5. Cut a piece of paper large enough to cover the uncovered bottom portion of the wood, then Mod Podge that. Then coat the entire piece of wood with Mod Podge. Allow to dry for five minutes, then add another coat.


6. Drill the mounting plates in at 1 centimeter from each corner. Attach the legs.


7. Attach the Xonex mat using Super Glue.


8. Enjoy breakfast in bed sans stress.

It turns out that this little table is great for writing letters and late night couch snacking, too.

See more from Joy on Frock Files


  • On February 12, 2013 , Laura said:

    Oh. My. Goodness. I love it!! I want to make one for all the members of my family!!!

  • On February 12, 2013 , Little Kitchie said:

    This is the cutest thing ever! Perfect DIY for Valentine’s Day!

  • On February 12, 2013 , Mere said:

    I am in love with this project!! I want to make one of these immediately.

  • On February 12, 2013 , Elizabeth said:

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! This is a great project!

  • On February 12, 2013 , Kelly @ Studio DIY said:

    This is insane amazing!!! I would totally have breakfast in bed more often if I made this!

  • On February 12, 2013 , Lena said:

    This is genius–and I’ve been dying for a perfect little breakfast tray!

  • On February 12, 2013 , MJ said:

    I love the styling on this post and the use of materials. Such a gorgeous gift or a beauty to keep to yourself. Well done, Miss Joy!

  • On February 12, 2013 , Theresa said:

    That Joy is so clever! Using the Rifle Paper Co. wrapping paper is the clincher; It makes the table extra special.

  • On February 13, 2013 , Stephanie said:

    So pretty! I love how you used the writing mat for grip. Rifle Paper Co. can literally do no wrong… that print is beautiful!

  • On February 13, 2013 , Giova Brusa said:

    Excellent idea. I would love to make this for letter writing, as I’m not a big fun of eating in bed (my kids will get ideas 😉

  • On February 13, 2013 , Louise said:

    Wow!! I’m impressed J! You’ve got the drill goin! See, I knew you had craftiness in you! Enjoy Puerto Rico! And Melanie, great person to have on You Are Fave…J is awesome =)

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  • On February 26, 2013 , Mina said:

    Love this DIY. Joy is just so incredibly talented!

  • On March 1, 2013 , Debie Grace said:

    Awesome!! 😀

  • On March 5, 2013 , Sara said:

    I love this!!! Can’t wait to try to make my own 🙂 Where are your sheets from? I love the mini stripe!

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