Easily Update an IKEA Console Table Using Removable Wallpaper

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Ever wish you could change up a piece of furniture without the commitment of paint? This IKEA hack is the project that you have been looking for. Our secret tool? Terrazzo-inspired removable wallpaper.

We are in the design mindset of seasonally changing up some staple decor pieces in our homes. Think pillow covers, a throw blanket, and a few other things. But furniture has always been a bigger commitment. This project uses the IKEA Listerby rounded edge console table as the base of a simple upgrade.

Things You'll Need

Step 1: Unbox the IKEA Listerby Table

Note: You will add the wallpaper ​before​ you build the table.

Lay the top of the table face down onto the wallpaper. Cut a piece of wallpaper to fit the entire top, giving yourself at least a half inch on all sides.

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Step 2: Flip the Table Over and Adhere Wallpaper

Pull the lining off of the first three inches of the wallpaper. Lay the sticky side down on the table top. You can re-stick the wallpaper onto the table to get it to fit just right. Use the scraping tool to push the wallpaper onto the table. Pull the lining gently as you smooth the wallpaper.

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Step 3: Continue to Smooth the Wallpaper With the Tool

Gently push any bubbles out of the wallpaper.

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Step 4: Trim the Wallpaper

Flip the table top over and lay on a protective surface. (We had our table laying on top of an old piece of plywood.) Using a craft knife, trim the wallpaper right against the edge of the tabletop. Be sure to cut around the rounded edges where the legs attach as well.

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Step 5: Repeat on the Bottom Portion of the Table

You will do this process on both the tabletop and the bottom shelf of the table.

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Attach the legs and finish building the table according to the directions that came with the table.

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Not only do we love the look of this console table, but we love that you can change the look anytime you'd like. This removable wallpaper can simply be pulled up. Voila!

Transforming IKEA pieces into something looking more high end or chic is a favorite way to DIY!

Image Credit: Sara Albers
Image Credit: Sara Albers

Alice & Lois is a DIY and lifestyle blog where twin sisters Sara and Melissa share their inspiration, projects, connection and celebrate the good in life. They create inspiring posts centered around home, family, style and creativity, specializing in simple, yet sophisticated DIY projects. Sara and Melissa live in two very different places – Sara is in the heart of the midwest, Indianapolis and Melissa in the majestic ski town of Crested Butte, Colorado. Alice & Lois was named one of the Top 10 DIY and Decorating Blogs by the editors of Better Homes and Gardens in 2015 and 2016 and recently named one of the Top 30 DIY Blogs to Follow by Domino.

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