DIY / Interior Design

DIY: Updated Marble Side Table


Side Table 1

I’ve always wanted to update or decorate a piece of furniture in my home, rather than just leave it as I bought it, but I’ve never found just the right item or inspiration to give it a go. I’ve had a perspex side table in my second bedroom for about a year now and bought some sticky back plastic with a marble pattern to use as a background for photos, and I thought this would be the ideal opportunity to tackle a DIY. It was so simple to do, literally took me 15 minutes, and cost less than £5 for the patterned paper. I’d encourage you to give this a go, if you’re thinking of a simple DIY for a piece of furniture you already own.Follow these easy instructions.


  • Original piece of furniture (mine was a perspex side table)
  • Sticky backed plastic pattern paper
  • Scissors
  • Ruler and pen, to measure
  1. Clean the area of your furniture which will have the pattern attached to it. This ensures as few bits get stuck to the underside of the sticky paper as possible and creates an even, flat surface to the finished product.
  2. Measure the area of the piece that you will be covering and cut out the correct size of sticky paper.
  3. Peel off a corner of the back of the paper, exposing the sticky side and carefully place it at the edge of your furniture, pressing firmly to make sure there are no air bubbles.
  4. Slowly and carefully, keep peeling off the backing paper and pressing the sticky paper onto your piece until the entire thing is covered. Push out any remaining air bubbles.

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