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Simple Coffee Table Upgrade

April 4, 2016 / by Liz

I recently decided that our coffee table could use a little sprucing up… but being a 20€ Ikea table (seriously, I don’t know how we ever would have furnished our apartment without Ikea), I didn’t want to spend too much money on it.

0 - Before Coffee Table Upgrade

Enter contact paper! It’s self-adhesive, comes in a ton of prints and colours, and is pretty inexpensive (I paid about 20€ for a few meters of it). It was also easy to work with, but an extra set of hands went a long way since you’re basically dealing with a giant sticker (thanks, Dad!).

Other than the contact paper, you need scissors, a sharp blade, a ruler, and a rubber puddy knife (or squeegee).

1 - Required Tools

We trimmed the piece to be approximately the size of the table, with a couple of centimeters overhang on each side. Then, starting with a factory edge of the contact paper (to be sure it was perfectly straight), attached one side.

2 - Stick Along One Edge

Then just slowly remove the backing, while pressing out any air bubbles with the rubber puddy knife.

3 - Peel Backing Off Gradually

4 - While Removing Air Bubbles

Using the edge of the table as a guide, trim the excess on the other three sides with the blade.

5 - Use Blade to Remove Excess

It would have been fine to leave it like this, but I decided to do the sides of the table top as well.

6 - Top Done

The sides were done in the same way as the top (though a little easier to work with since the pieces were much smaller). The edges of this particular table have small bevels, so I ended up going back over each trimmed edge, and using the blade and ruler trimmed a little more of the contact paper away from the bevel. This made the trimmed edges look much more finished.

7 - Trim Beveled Edge

8 - Remove Excess

I’m so happy with the result! It looks like a brand new table!

Final 1 - Simple Coffee Table Upgrade

Final 2 - Simple Coffee Table Upgrade

Signature FINAL

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8 thoughts on “Simple Coffee Table Upgrade

  1. Millie Walsh says:

    Just lovely … So Spring like too ! Be careful not to spill any red wine on it as it may change the look !!!

  2. Liz says:

    Haha, it better be red-wine-spill-proof!! …not that we drink any red wine around here ;)

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Love it! I also love the tray on the table – where did you get that?

  4. Aunt Pat says:

    Beautiful job! Elizabeth, you will never be out of work😏 You have so many talents!

  5. Liz says:

    Thanks Elizabeth! The tray was bought at Target, when it was still in St. John’s :(

  6. Liz says:

    Aww, thanks Aunt Pat! You’re too sweet :)

  7. Jenn N says:

    It looks great Liz!!

  8. Liz says:

    Thanks Jenn! xox

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