I've always wanted to dress up our family room end tables with something under the glass tops. I lived with the plain wood for quite a while, but ultimately this room needs more pattern and more detail. This was a quick, easy, non-permanent and cheap way add some interest. No risk and nothing to lose!
I took a trip to a local art store and perused the selection of oversize decorative paper. (You know, the $5+/sheet stuff that's supposed to be "gift wrap.") I spent what must have been half an hour being indecisive, not finding anything I really loved. And then I left empty handed. Hate it when that happens.
Then I remembered this piece of houndstooth fabric I picked up on clearance a few years ago (for $3/yard!). Apparently, I couldn't pass it up even though I didn't have any real purpose in mind. Such is the root of my fabric hoarding problem.
Very simply, I cut the fabric to size and then just sandwiched it under the glass. One yard of home decorator width fabric was enough to do my two large-ish end tables.
Apologies for the glassy glare. Next to impossible to take photos of flat glass without some type of reflection. (Well, next to impossible for me anyway.)
p.s. I've got a photo assistant working for me now. (She takes excellent closeups!)