Chic on a Shoestring Decorating: Table Makeover, Guest Post by Brilliant Like Fireflies

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Table Makeover, Guest Post by Brilliant Like Fireflies

Hi, my name is Courtney, and I'm one half of Brilliant Like Fireflies. My sister Kristin and I have just started up our blog and we're really excited to share our crafts, recipes and DIY projects. Today I'm going to share my DIY IKEA project.
A couple years ago I bought a red LACK side table from IKEA to hold my TV on. It has worked out well, especially since I have a small TV and only a small place to put it in my living room. But well the red was bright and fun when I got it, I would prefer something simpler and classier.

Originally the inspiration for this project came from the blog Pretty City Things, and her DIY take on her LACK coffee table, check it out below.

Her inspiration was the table below, so I kind of combined the two for my own table.

So the first step was to paint my table white, using the can of Antique White paint I used on my dresser (check it out here). It took just three coats to cover that red (yay!). See, all white and shinny!

Secondly, instead of using wallpaper like my inspiration photo, I decided to go for stencils to decorate the top. I picked mine up from Michaels Craft Store, they were from the Martha Stewart collection, and with a 30% off coupon they were under $15. I used some grey craft paint for the stencilling, and they turned out pretty well. I liked that for this part I didn't have to be exact, if they didn't turn out perfect that was OK.

After it was dry I was ready to nail in the nail heads/upholstery nails. I picked mine up at Home Depot. I used 6 containers that were each $1.88, but just covered the two sides of the table that are shown, not the two up agains the walls. It took quite a while to use a ruler and measure out where to put them all, and then to hammer them all in, but the result was amazing!
I know it isn't 100% perfect, but it looks good to me, and was just the update I needed in my living room. Here's one final before and after for you to see.


  1. That is gorgeous! Nice job! Heading over to check out your blog now!

  2. That looks great. I really want tp try a project with those nails.

  3. Great Job!! Looking forward to your next project


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