Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Upcycle | Side Table

I've never had a go at upcycling anything before but when I spotted a beautiful side table the other week, I knew that I couldn't let it go without seeing if I could do something about it. Today I wanted to share how I transformed a few pieces of chipboard into an item of furniture I'm happy to have on display. Read on to check out what I did and to see some more pictures...

The side table was basically three pieces of chipboard slotted and nailed together. Structurally, it was pretty good and didn't need any extra reinforcement but aesthetically, it definitely needed something more! I settled on a monochrome colour scheme of white and a darker shade for the edges. For the top of the table, I bought some vinyl wrap in a DIY store which had a marble design on it. I was wary what it would come out looking like but there was only one way to find out...

The first thing I did was to sand everything! I'm definitely not an expert but I know that the care and time you take before painting ensures that the end job looks as professional as it can. The chipboard had a slight shine to it and the edges were a little rough so I really took my time making sure that it looked as smooth and matte as I could make it. 

For the first layer of paint, I used an undercoat and primer. I got most of it all over myself so I'm glad that I was wearing old clothes and painting in the garden! I left that to dry for a day and then used two layers of white wood paint leaving six hours between them to ensure that it was completely dry and there were no streaky marks.

For the edges, I used a darker colour (and a tiny paintbrush because I'm not so great at precision) as I thought that it might give the table some more definition. I really like the shape of the base so I wanted to enhance that and I really feel like the change in colour has done that.

Lastly, I turned the table over on top of the marble vinyl spread out on the floor. I drew a circle around where I wanted it to be and then cut it out very carefully with scissors. I carefully peeled off the back and stuck it down. 

 I'm so happy with how the table turned out and I actually really enjoyed the whole process from start to finish. I've got another item of furniture I've got my eye on to upcycle so watch this space!

Have you ever upcycled anything?



  1. This looks amazing! I've never done anything of the sort, but I'd love to renovate some of my furniture!
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  2. Hello
    I loved your upcycling, give new life to the furniture, and see the final result, it was wonderful.


  3. Your upcycled side table looks amazing. You did a fantastic job with the painting and everything. Great tip to wear old clothes! I need to really remember that one, because I've been known to forget about it when I get caught up in DIY projects....and a few times I did end up destroying my fav items...Working outside is another great tip. We don't want paint to get everywhere.

  4. I love this transformation, I have been looking at starting some projects once I move home so I will take some inspiration from people like you <3

  5. What a cool upcycling project
    the result of the table is amazing. Nice one, you did a fantastic job.

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  6. It looks amazing! What a great idea with the edges being a bit darker too.
    Amy xx

  7. Great job! I love the final result!
    Kisses, Paola.

  8. You are so talented! I just love it! ଘ(੭ˊᵕˋ)੭*

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  9. I loved the transformation was really great.

  10. So beautiful ;)

  11. Wow it turned out so beautiful! I love this type of transformation. I did something similar last year with a smaller table. Lovely. <3

  12. Wow, the table looks amazing! You did a great job!

  13. Thanks a lot :D

    OMGGG , this is so easy and cool :D

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  14. What a fabulous transformation; you've turned it into something really special - congrats! Hope you're having a lovely week so far darling :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

  15. The finished product is really beautiful and minimalist.

    Bernie, xx
    The Style Fanatic

  16. You sure did some magic on that table.
    Love it!


  17. This table turned out amazing. Looks so chic.

    Nina's Style Blog

  18. Oh wow! Great idea!

  19. Oh my goodness, this turned out SO pretty, babe! Well done!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  20. Wow, this side table looks terrific now, I really like your DIY, Rosanna :)

  21. I did this to a chair once and it turned out great. I love how the table looks. It is so chic and modern :)

  22. Oh I'm thinking of turning my office table into white too. This is an inspiration. I love it!!

  23. Amazing. I love this transformation.
    Great job.


  24. Thank you for sharing these, they are really very interesting

  25. Wow, it looks so good! I love the end result, big fan of white and marble here. Thanks for the inspiration, Rosanna! xx


  26. The end product is amazing! Great job dear!

    Jessica |


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