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

IKEA GLADOM side table hack
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IKEA GLADOM side table hack

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.

IKEA GLADOM side table hack
credit: Lucy Akins
IKEA GLADOM side table hack

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors

  • Ruler (or credit card ... keep reading and you'll see why)

Materials Needed
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Materials Needed

Step 1

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

Spray painting table
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Spray painting table

Step 2

Flip the tray of table upside down.

Position of tray
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Position of tray

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.

Placing contact paper on table
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Placing contact paper on table

Step 4

Cut any excess paper around the tray.

Trimming excess contact paper
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Trimming excess contact paper

Step 5

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

Smoothing contact paper
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Smoothing contact paper
Completed tray
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Completed tray

Step 6

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

Position of tray
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Position of tray
IKEA Gladom table marble and gold hack
credit: Lucy Akins
IKEA Gladom table marble and gold hack

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.

IKEA Gladom table marble and gold hack
credit: Lucy Akins
IKEA Gladom table marble and gold hack
IKEA Gladom table marble and gold hack
credit: Lucy Akins
IKEA Gladom table marble and gold hack

Lucy Akins

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.