DIY: Up-cycling Ikea side tables

DIY expert, Antonio Bellusci shares some hacks for adding some flavor to old and basic side tables.


Here are some easy tricks from DIY expert, Antonio Bellusci that will turn your basic side table into a beautiful furniture piece for your home.

Cut Out Table

Materials & Tools

  • Ikea Lack side table
  • Jig saw
  • Drill & drill bits
  • Planter container
  • Plant
  • Paint and painters Tape
  • Pencil

Instructions

  1. Assemble table as per instructions
  2. Trace container shape / underside of lip on table top
  3. Drill pilot hole along perimeter of traced shape
  4. Cut shape out with jig saw
  5. Mask legs of table with painters tape
  6. Paint legs of table and container
  7. Allow table and container to dry
  8. Insert plant into planter container and in table top hole

Approximate Cost $25

Decorated Side Table

 Materials & Tools

  • Ikea Lack side table
  • Drill & drill bits
  • Decorative pieces (trivets, scarf hangers)
  • Hand saw
  • Paint

Instructions

  1. Assemble table as per instructions
  2. Paint table
  3. Cut decorative pieces to fit under table top – either along edges or in corners
  4. Drill holes thru decorative pieces and secure to underside of table with screws

Options – decorate table with industrial hinges or wooden rosettes

Approximate Cost $25

Faux Carrara Marble Side Table

 Materials & Tools

  • Ikea Lack side table
  • Drill & drill bits
  • Jig saw
  • Masonite / press board ¼ inch thick
  • Strong Glue (construction adhesive or similar)
  • Carrara marble “like” peel and stick cabinet liners
  • Gold corner trim pieces
  • 1 inch or 1.5 inch thick plywood / wooden piece for base of table – cut to fit under table and smaller than base to create a floating appearance
  • Hand saw and cutting box
  • Two blocks of wood – cut to 1.5” inches square
  • Gold paint

Instructions

  1. Cut table top with jig saw to desired size
  2. Remove cardboard fill inside table top
  3. Secure / glue blocks of wood in corners of opening to provide support for leg assembly
  4. Drill pilot holes in new blocks of wood thru underside of table top to prepare for leg assembly
  5. Assemble table legs as per instructions
  6. Cut 5 pieces of press board – 4 to cover each side and 1 to cover bottom
  7. Glue side boards to legs – wrapping table
  8. Drill bottom piece to underside of table legs
  9. Cut, peel and stick cabinet liners to top and sides of table assembly
  10. Cut trim pieces to cover edges – around top, 4 vertical sides and around bottom
  11. Glue trim pieces in place
  12. Drill plywood / wooden piece to underside of table – plywood / wooden piece to be large enough to secure into legs of table – your measurement will depend on how large or small you made the table
  13. Paint exposed sides of plywood / wooden piece

Approximate Cost $70

Stacked Side Tables

 Materials & Tools

  • Two Ikea Lack side tables
  • Strong Glue (construction adhesive or similar)
  • Hand saw and cutting box
  • Four blocks of wood – cut to 1.5” inches square

Instructions

  1. Cut 4 legs of one table to same desired length / height to be top section of stacked table
  2. Assemble table legs as per instructions
  3. Glue / secure 1 block of wood in each hollow bottom cut leg
  4. Assemble second table legs as per instructions
  5. Secure / glue shortened table on second table

Approximate Cost $35