Easy DIY: 2 Ways to Modernise & Style a Cheap Table

Cheap furniture doesn’t have to look cheap.

That’s especially true if you have basic DIY skills and you know really easy ways to upcycle. If you don’t, well, I’m going to share two easy DIY ways to modernise and style this wooden table that was under a tenner.

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IKEA table – £8.99 | Valspar paint (B&Q) – Whisper Skies (off white) | Harris paintbrush (B&Q) |

Frogtape – B&Q | Shaggy rug – Matalan Direct

What You Will Need:

  • Old/cheap table to upcycle
  • Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Ruler
  • Frog tape
  • Scissors
  • Pen/pencil/marker
  • Home Decorations

Option 1: Painting the bottom of the legs

  1. Use a ruler to mark 4 inches from the bottom and mark the length on your table legs.
  2. Use the frog tape to cover the leg around and above the marks you’ve made.
  3. Paint the bottom of the legs and leave to dry.
  4. Peal away the frog tape.

You will now have 4 inches of a ‘dip dye’ look, making it into a super modern piece of furniture.

Option 2: Adding Striped Pattern by Painting the Top

  1. After steps 1-4 in option 1 above, cover with frog tape the top of your table. Feel free to make a pattern of your choice, I am showing you the striped design.
  2. After making sure that each stripe is equal, paint the top and leave to dry.
  3. Peal away the frog tape.

It’s that simple! Now it’s a lovely centrepiece for any bedroom or lounge.

Side Table Interior Styling Tips

  • Match accessories to the colour of your painted legs, I used a white clock.
  • Use plants to add freshness and life to the look.
  • A modern frame with a word or quote will add personality and voice.
  • Add pop of colour, if you’ve gone for a neutral colour like me, using candles or trinkets.
  • A glass vase or flower pot will partner nicely with a modern wooden furniture style.
  • Don’t over do it and think ‘simple yet stylish’.

Here’s a video which is really easy to follow:

Writer / Blogger on The Fairytale Pretty Picture. Currently working in the head office of a large retail company in London, UK and living in Essex.


  • Reply June 11, 2016

    Grant R

    That’s bizarre. Not two minutes ago, me and the Mrs were discussing what to do with an old Ikea table that we bought for the kids! This will do nicely 😀

    • Reply July 8, 2016


      Haha perfect timing! Really glad i’ve inspired ideas 🙂

  • Reply June 11, 2016

    Bear and Cardigan

    A very simple idea makes a stylish table and it could be painted to compliment any room.

    • Reply July 8, 2016


      Very true, thanks for commenting.

  • Reply June 12, 2016

    Cathy Glynn

    This looks fab, I love upcycling it adds that uniqueness to your furniture. Love this little table it looks great x

    • Reply July 8, 2016


      Totally, it’s that ‘something different’ that I enjoy.

  • Reply June 12, 2016


    Love the stripes, it looks great, I would never have thought to do something like that.

    • Reply July 8, 2016


      Thanks Tasha, I really have fun upcycling 🙂

  • Loving the interior styling tips here. I am feeling inspired to decorate.

    • Reply July 8, 2016


      YES – so glad, whoop!

  • Reply June 13, 2016


    I love how you have upcycled this table such a great idea and simple to do.

    • Reply July 8, 2016


      Very easy and thanks 🙂

  • Reply June 14, 2016

    Charlotte Burt

    Looks lovely! Love how you’ve made a normal stool in to something wonderful!

    • Reply July 8, 2016


      Thank you so much Charlotte!

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