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Decorate: How to make a $20 bedside table

Fat Mum Slim /

I’ve always been a hands-on handy type person. This week I fixed a whipper-snipper that we couldn’t get working, put together two bedside tables and I painted this little one for Lacey’s room. I’m in heaven. There’s not much handy-type stuff you can do in a teeny apartment, except stuff things in cupboards like you’re playing a mean game of tetris {space was seriously lacking!}. Here {in our new house}, there’s much to be done … and I like it.

Lacey and I made our way to Ikea last weekend for a spot of shopping. I always go in with a list, because I easily get distracted by all the shiny things. I counted them off in my head: spice racks, hat racks, bedside tables and pots. This little bedside table wasn’t on the list, but it came home with us anyway. It cost just $14.99 and was a bargain. I took it home, put it together and painted it. Don’t you think it looks pretty? Together with the $5 sample pot of paint I used on it, it’s a bedside table for under $20.

To make the same you’ll need:

1 x RAST bedside table from IKEA – $14.99
1 x pot of sample paint {they usually range from $5 to $12}

Just assemble the bedside table, give it two coats of paint and wait to dry. Simple.


Are you a little bit handy? Or totally hands-off?