I've had my dressing table for around 15 years and it's survived art homework, lots of nail polish spills and being moved around a lot. I don't think the photo below really shows how bad it was but it used to annoy me every time I sat at it - I use it as a desk a lot of the time and all I could see were the scratches and marks! I've been thinking about buying a new one but it seemed like a waste of money as the one I have is the perfect size for my room and isn't falling apart.
There are so many posts on Pinterest with Ikea hacks which inspired me to give my old dressing table a makeover. Kelly also shared her dining table transformation recently which made me realise how easy it is to completely change the look of a table so I knew it was something I had to try!
I went to B&Q and bought some marble sticky back plastic for £6 - you can get it slightly cheaper on eBay but it's not as wide so this is something to bear in mind depending on the size of your table. There were lots of different patterns including a darker marble and a wood effect; the advantage of using sticky back plastic is that you can peel it off if you don't like it or want to give it a style refresh in a few years.
It wasn't as difficult as I thought to stick it down - the trick is to do it in stages, peeling a bit off at a time and smoothing it down to avoid any bubbles. I found that I did get a few small ones but they're barely noticeable because of the marble effect design. The edges were a bit fiddly but a little bit of trimming in places helps to keep them neat and tidy. I love that there's no drying time or mess and finishing the whole thing only took me about half an hour! I also covered the wood under the bottom drawer but forgot to take a photo after which is why it's missing!
I'm so happy with how it's turned out and i've got so many complements - my brother thought i'd bought a new table! It's also made my bedroom a lot brighter and saved me so much money which has made me realise how easy it is to transform furniture in an inexpensive way. I'll definitely think twice about buying anything new as it would be so easy to buy a really cheap second hand table and completely change the way it looks. Now all i've got to do is cover the matching bed side table and think about whether I should paint the drawer handles?