Easy IKEA Decor Hack: From Plain Side Table to a Marble Masterpiece

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DIY in a Day brings you step-by-step instructions for easy projects that will spruce up your space — within 24 hours (or less!).

The Gladom table is adorable as is, but with this easy IKEA decor hack, we were able to turn a budget-friendly side table into a chic and expensive-looking piece without the hefty price tag. The combination of marble and gold is simply a classic.

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Things You'll Need

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Step 1

Assemble the table and then spray it a couple of times with the gold paint.

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Step 2

Flip the tray of table upside down.

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Step 3

Slowly attach the contact paper to the tray until the top surface is completely covered.

Tip: Do small areas at a time to avoid large bubbles from forming.

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Step 4

Cut any excess paper around the tray.

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Step 5

Use a ruler or credit card to smooth out any small bubbles.

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Image Credit: Lucy Akins

Step 6

Place the tray onto the spray-painted legs with the marble side showing (upside down)

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Image Credit: Lucy Akins

Another alternative for this table hack would be to paint the entire table top gold and add the contact paper, so the side of the table is also gilded.

Image Credit: Lucy Akins
Image Credit: Lucy Akins

Lucy Akins is an artist, photographer, blogger, and speaker living in Toronto, Ontario. Her work has been published in several magazines, including: Cottages and Bungalows, American Farmlife Style, National Geographic Kids, Better Homes and Gardens, and more. Lucy enjoys sharing her passion for watercolor, decorating and creating as she believes there is an artist in all of us. When not creating, Lucy can be found enjoying time with her husband, their three children and their energetic Aussie pup, Brody.

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