Friends, I have a serious interior design addiction. I’m talking I want to redo the lighting, paint walls, redo the closet system, and so much more. I love decorating and it’s so nice to have my own place to do that freely.
One thing to remember about my decorating style is that it’s budget-friendly while looking great. I’m talking, I refuse to pay for anything more than $1000 – why? Well, I’m only 2.5 years out of college and I’m not rolling in money. I have bills and responsibilities so I can’t splurge on Restoration Hardware or Crate and Barrel.
As much as I want an exquisite coffee table, I am perfectly fine getting my hands dirty and doing a DIY to get the look I want.
You’re going to love it if you like gold and marble.
I did this project back in August 2017 and I have had it in my back pocket to share but I always had other topics to touch on.
Isn’t she a beaut? I’m obsessed with this job I did and it’s so easy. Like, crazy easy and you’ll want to paint and apply contact paper to everything that you want to achieve a new look with. Trust me, you’ll get this done within two hours (you have to wait for the paint dry but once it’s dry, you’re literally done). It’s one of those projects that you know what look you are going for and you can achieve that look.
Time to talk about this three-step process and get you started on your next DIY project!
Here is what you will need:
IKEA VITTSJÖ Coffee Table – When I bought it, it was $50 at Ikea and I don’t think that price has changed. You can check out the website to verify or head to their dent area to see if you can find something cheaper.
Gold Spray Paint – You’ll be able to find this for $2 at Home Depot. It’s probably cheaper somewhere else but I wasn’t really planning on doing my coffee table until I stumbled upon the spray paint and I just bought it. I bought around four cans but only because I did my bar cart and bookshelf in gold, too.
Marble Contact Paper – You can find the marble contact paper in various places, I found mine for $8 on Amazon and I had prime shipping so it got here fast. It’s a stick and peel so you need to make sure the one you are buying is like that unless you want to deal with glue and all that other fun stuff.
Old sheet to protect the ground
Scissors or Edging tool
Total Budget: Around $60
You can either put together your table first or spray paint first. I think putting the table together first then spray painting it is the easier route. Make sure you wipe it down before you start spray painting and don’t get too close or you’ll cause the paint to disperse and streak. Depending on how well you spray paint, you’ll figure out how many coats you need. I needed two on the metal parts and one of the wooden base of the coffee table.
You’re going to have to wait for your table to dry so while this is happening, you can put together the top of your table. More than likely, it’s glass so be careful. Lay the glass flat on the ground and unravel the contact paper so you can lay it out and figure out how much you are going to need. I want to call out that the table top is a circle so you’ll more than likely need multiple pieces and to edge it in a different way.
You’ll want to size up the paper and cut two pieces out of it to cover the table. From here, you can peel and stick the paper. Make sure that you smooth it out and push out all the air bubbles. You want it to look believable and air bubbles are going to kill that cause. Do one piece of paper at a time.
This is where the edging comes in. You don’t have any corners or straight lines so it can be a bit difficult. Pull the paper down and fold it over the edge of the glass. This is where you can take your edging tool or scissors and trim the unnecessary paper away. It might take a minute but make sure that you have a fold underneath so that when you go to lay the glass on the table, the paper won’t push back up.
That’s really it – after you have your edges slayed, you’re going to want to put the glass on top. This should be done gently because you don’t want to drop it and break your glass. That would suck, big time. You’ll want to place it in gently and make sure that it’s in there evenly.
How amazing does it look? It makes my living room look so glamorous and it looks like one of the $400+ coffee tables that you see on West Elm and All Modern. You get the glam and save tons of bucks!
My mom was pretty amazed by my DIY job – she notices things like that which is nice. I love it and it looks way nicer than my white table that it once was (although, the white would look good with marble, too!).
The one issue I did have was hitting the coffee table and scraping the paint off – it’s an easy fix if you still have spray paint around. Just make sure you have your windows open so that you can breathe and push the fumes out.