Posting the "After" photo reminded me of a couple projects I did earlier this summer, all involving a technique called decoupage. (Which I thought was pronounced "Dee-coop-idge" but is actually pronounced "Deh-koh-pahj.") It's French for "covering shit with paper."
I had a unique slab table that had seen better days, so I fixed the wobbly legs, sanded down the top, used an old Far Side page-a-day calendar from 1993 (!) and I made the world's only Far Side table.