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chic IKEA Vittsjo hack into a gold and marble table

Guys, I have a seriously good IKEA hack for you today. Probably my favourite ever. I actually did this project a little while ago and hadn’t photographed it properly until yesterday… but here she is! The IKEA Vittsjo hack into a gold and marble table. It is easy to do and ridiculously gorge.

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So here is what you need for the project:

1 // The Vittsjo table from IKEA. It retails for about $25, but I happened to get mine in the scratch and dent section for only $16, so keep your eyes peeled in there.

2 // Gold spray paint. My choice is this Krylon gold spray paint. I really like the deep gold hue it gives (warning: Krylon has quite a few different metallics, so make sure you get the one that you love).

3 // “Instant Granite” in Italian White Marble. It’s a peel and stick paper – not the cheapest one out there, but the quality is good and I really like the marbling as it looks very real. I searched a bunch of these on Amazon, read a ton of reviews, and ultimately settled on this brand. I was super happy, so definitely recommend it!Amazing DIY! turn the IKEA Vittsjo laptop table into a chic gold and marble side table - via the sweetest digs

Start off by assembling your table and then spraying it gold. Remember the cardinal rule of spray paint: thin and even coats. Don’t try to do it all in 2 coats, as you will get drips.

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While that’s drying, get out your Instant Granite marble paper and glass top piece. The paper comes in a tube and there is plenty in the roll for a few different projects (I have tons left over!).

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You want to roll out some of your paper with the good side down, place your glass piece on top, and cut out the portion of paper you will need, leaving some extra around the edges. Pardon the terrible lighting in these “in action” photos – sometimes trying to DO and photograph a project at the same time does not produce the best photography results!

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Then comes the somewhat tricky part. This is easier as a two-person job, having one person hold the edge taught while the other pulls the backing off. I did it on my own though, so no fear, it can be done solo. Just be patient!

Peel off the backing about 1/4 of the way and stick it down on the glass, starting on one side. Then continue peeling the back off slowly as you smooth out bubbles with a credit (starbucks?) card. It’s just really important to do it slowly and get the bubbles as you go. And don’t press too hard with the credit card as you don’t want to damage the paper. FYI that this stuff can be peeled up and re-placed down too, if you really flub along the way.

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Once you have the whole surface done and all the bubbles smoothed away, it’ll look like this. Now it’s time to deal with the edges.

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I used an exacto knife and cut the corners on an angle. Then I would tightly pull the side around and stick down along the back of the table. Then cut the angle of the next side, and pull down on top. It sort of ends up like wrapping a present.

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That’s the hardest part, so yay – you’re done! Now it’s just a matter of popping your new marble table top back into the table.

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And seriously, the table looks swish and people will think you shelled out big bucks. I get comments on ours all the time.  DSC_1397DSC_1405

If the spray paint ever gets any dings, the great thing is you can easily pop the top off and freshen it up with a new coat. And if you wanted a different look, you could easily do a fun colour. I think a neon pink or bright mint would be AMAZING. In fact, I’m pretty tempted to do a pink one myself for our future upstairs family room….

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Total budget for the table was $65, but a lot of that was for the marble paper which I have leftover for future projects.

What do you guys think? Fun, right? Doing any IKEA hacks yourself these days?

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