The Joy of Upcycling…


With dwindling funds leftover from decorating to splurge on furniture and acutely aware that our small person may well indeed wreck any expensive items we did splash out on I have found myself following the upcycling herd and my is it satisfying (and cheap!). I had always been aware of upcycling and hacks and regularly read about other people doing it but I can honestly say I had never had the inclination or time to do it myself. That was until we were kindly given a plain white coffee table when we moved in.

With sites like Pinterest and Instagram offering all kinds of interior inspiration and spurned on from the thrill of renovating our new home I had a Blue Peter moment in our local Wilko when I spied some marble printed sticky back plastic and decided to get creative…

I had been coveting a marble top coffee table but could not justify the cost of one sadly so I was both surprised and suitably proud when in less than half an hour I had transformed the nondescript white table for less than £10.

As daunting as I had thought the process would be, I was wrong, so very wrong. Printed on the underside of the plastic is a grid so I simply removed the legs of the table, lined up the square top and cut around it. Applying the same approach as you would to a square present, I wrapped the film around the corners, smoothed any bumps and trimmed the excess.


Image: Carly Stevens -

Table, Ikea. Sticky Back Plastic, Wilko. Coasters, Tiger (old). Candles, Marks & Spencer (old). Tray, H&M (old).

And ta dahh! Putting up with a baby everyday I’ve been impressed with how hardy my Ikea-hack table has been. Waterproof and so far scratch proof, I am also pleased with my first-time efforts. Considering it was a temporary fix to a sad old piece of furniture – I’m more than happy for it to remain in our living room for the foreseeable. And if it does start to look worse for wear I still have over half a roll to do it again…

Happy Shopping


N.B This post was not sponsored, all thoughts and opinions are my own.