Side Table Ikea Hack in Redbook

Hey y’all. Its another version of my style/DIY column in Redbook this month. This time we took a $15 boring ikea table and turned it into this pretty darn cute little side table by painting it, adding nautical inspired handles and some little feet. You know how I love to put feet on things …

ikea hack side table

Follow the steps above and get your hack on. I also think this would be pretty adorable in a kids room – which is where it lives now.  Let me know if you do it, meanwhile pick up this months Redbook magazine for a closer look.

Photo by David Tsay, Styling by Scott Horne and thanks Stephanie Todaro for assisting on the project.


  1. Christine

    It’s adorable! But, what is the point of the drawer pull? Just decorative?

  2. IKEA is so great and if you have just a little imagination, the possibilities are endless. Cute idea!

  3. Love the idea of the little legs for some extra detail! Definitely keeping this in mind – thanks Em!

    // Regina

  4. This is absolutely adorable! I completely agree about IKEA hacks, sometimes they can get out of control. Because most of the furniture from there is so basic and Bauhaus inspired, it’s nice to not fight that too much and just add some unique details that add interest. Thanks for the post Emily, you’re workin’ it, as always!


  5. Looks great! The Drawer pulls as table legs honestly make it beyond fabulous. XO!

  6. That’s cool and simple.. A good example of maximum use of minimum resources i would say

  7. Jihane

    so stylish! I love Ikea hacks and this one is no exception

  8. Kelly

    The little feet are ingenious! Totally transform the piece. I’m going to hack your hack and steal the idea for some filing cabinets. Thanks for the inspiration, Emily!

  9. emily jane

    Emily! Thanks to a heads up in a fellow reader’s comment (thank you!) I am watching SFAS with my morning coffee and oh-my-GOODness do I miss live-action you & your wonderful in-soooo-many-ways show!!! More -I want more..!!! Congrats on all the lovely happening in your life these days…
    xo, emily jane

  10. Love the drawer handles on the bottom, I’m looking for a cheap record table and this is just perfect, great project! Meabh xox

  11. Sam

    Genius! I don’t even do DIY but I’m totally doing this.

  12. “You know how I love to put feet on things …”


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