Dreamy Gold and Marble Ikea Table Hack

For years now I have been lusting after gold, glass and marble bar carts and coffee tables. So dreamy, so classic, so shiny, and soooo expensive!! For as much as I have adored them from afar I’ve just never been able to bring myself to shelf out the dough for one. So one recent Saturday I got a wild hair and decided it was high time I find a way to make this dream table thing happen. After a bit of internet searching I came upon this brilliant blog which though I could not technically read was able to decipher from the pictures how to build the coffee table I had been wishing for. With my crafty cap on I headed over to everyone’s favorite affordable furniture purveyor, Ikea. After perusing the coffee table section I found the very reasonably priced (only $59!) Vittsjo nesting tables. Second stop Lowes for 2 cans of Valspar brilliant metallic gold spray paint ($11.96) to turn my black metal rimed table to GOLD!

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The bottom faux wood shelf that in a perfect world would have been be marble is perhaps the best hack of all and is simply covered with white marble vinyl covering ($6.97) ie the stuff used to line cupboards! So simple! So brilliant!

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I ended up using the extra contact paper (which there was quite a bit of) to make some swanky looking marble blocks for fruit photo shoots at work, yay for dual duty! After a few hours of work my table was complete and ready to provide a surface for cute knickknacks, candles and glasses of pink bubbly, of course.

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It was pretty simple to make but here are a few tips I picked up along the way that may be of help should you decide to create your own incredibly awesome gold table too.

  • Spray paint, it gets everywhere so be sure to wear clothes you don’t mind soiling and either be really good at holding your breath while you spray or wear a mask so you don’t get fuzzy headed off the fumes.
  • The nozzle of the spray paint is a bugger to push and unless you are a seasoned spray paint artist it will make your hand and arm super duper sore in places you did not even know you had muscles in. I have heard from more craft savvy friends that an attachment exists that makes pushing that darn nozzle much easier, I suggest searching out this magical device and using it if you can.
  • I recommend three coats of paint. I did two and it started to chip after a few days and I had to take it apart and spray it one more time.
  • Contact paper, its a bugger to get it bubble free. I suggest enlisting the help of a friend and taking it very, very slowly.


Happy crafting! A special shout out again to Anna Maria and her beautiful blog for helping my dream table become a reality! ❤


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