For the past year I’ve been working as a contractor for White Spider Rental Concierge, and in that year I learned not only what a fucking genius Mel is (she really is), but also how to channel my own inner design guru.
Designing my apartment has been a very long process–as I don’t have the expendable cash to work on it as much as I’d like to–but I’ve learned a few design tips and tricks from the White Spider crew.
Decorating one’s home isn’t cheap–enter simple design hacks. Specifically,IKEA Hacks.
IKEA hacking is one of the most cost-effective ways to design your space while maintaining one’s style.
A few months ago, a friend who was moving back to the East Coast, gave me hisIKEA Vittsjö nesting table. A $60 steal, the table was in great shape and had virtually no wear on it (aside from the skateboarding brand stickers on the glass), but that’s an easy fix.
Can you guess how much this entire hack cost me? $13. Seriously. I’m not kidding you.
Yep, that’s still 13 big ones.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
-painter’s plastic sheeting, or scrap plastic, paper bags
-metallic spray paint
-Con-Tact paper of your choice
-a sharp razorblade (for removing stickers)
This refurbishing project is by far the easiest one I’ve done to date, but here’s a quick step-by-step for you:
Wipe clean the table using a soft rag and glass cleaner.
Using a sharp razor blade, remove any stickers or tags on the table or glass.
Give the glass and table another quick wipe down.
Carefully set the glass piece and wooden base board aside.
Cover your work space floor (whether you’re working outside or inside) with painter’s plastic sheeting.
Important note: If you’re working indoors, make sure the room is well ventilated.)
Place your table on top of the plastic tarp, making sure to clear the workspace of any other objects.
Start spraying in long strokes, holding the can 6-8 inches from the surface and using a sweeping side-to-side motion with slight overlap.
Continue to apply light, multiple coats, waiting 30-60 seconds between each, until you are satisfied with the appearance.
Allow the paint to dry in between layers then turning the table right side up to paint the top half.
I painted the table with three coats until I achieved the tone and even surface I wanted.
While the paint dries, and in a different work area, roll out a bit of your Con-Tact paper, then place your wooden base board on top. Using a fine-point marker or pen, trace around the entire base board.
Set the board aside and cut around the outline.
Carefully remove the adhesive side of the Con-Tact paper from the backing and place on top of the base board, smoothing out any air bubbles or creases.
Allow the paint to dry overnight before placing the glass and base board back.