Furniture makeover

I have been longing for a lovely bedside table since I moved into my flat three years ago. The problem is I just can’t find one that I like. I’m not prepared to spend money on something that I don’t love, so I’ve made do with a £6 stool from Ikea, that I bought years ago, until I find the bedside table of my dreams (is it weird that I fantasise about bedside tables?!). In the meantime I want to give my little stool a bit of a makeover to make it a bit nicer. I’ve seen a lot of the ‘dipping’ paint technique on Pinterest and I want to give it a go…

Furniture makeover of west Elm side table

Furniture makeover dipped chair legs

Furniture makeover Malmo stool

Dipped table legs

Furniture makeover dipped chair legs

Furniture makeover dipped chair legs

Dipped chair

You will need:

Paint – I used a £3 sample pot from Farrow and Ball, ‘Teresa’s Green’.

Paint brush

Masking tape



Stool makeover with dipped paint effect

1. You can do this paint effect on a stool, chair or table. I have used this Ikea stool.

Stool makeover with dipped paint effect

2. Masking tape all the way round each leg of the stool. Use the ruler to help you place the tape at the same point on each leg.

Stool makeover with dipped paint effect

3. Give the top of the stool and the legs (just to the masking tape) a couple of coats of paint. Make sure you paint over the masking tape so you will end up with a crisp line.

Furniture makeover dipped stool

4. Peel off the masking tape carefully once the paint has dried.

Furniture makeover dipped stool


Stool makeover with dipped paint effect

My ”new” £6 bedside table.

Furniture makeover dipped stool

I’m now off to clean up lots and lots of puppy poo…I might not be able to resist doing a little post about our new addition, Otto, who we collected last weekend. Too cute for words!





  1. 11th June 2013 / 9:15 am

    I genuinely think this is a fantastic idea for the home, and adore the fact that it’s for a bedside table. It’s so easy to be lazy and get the ‘bog standard’ IKEA furniture, with little individuality, but this adds something really lovely to a room. I love the colour you’ve used, and love that it looks so easy to do! 🙂

    • katy
      11th June 2013 / 9:27 am

      SO easy. Glad you like it, Leanne! x

    • katy
      11th June 2013 / 12:26 pm

      Yadle! x

  2. Penny
    11th June 2013 / 6:19 pm

    So good so simple …. VG idea.

  3. Thomasina
    11th June 2013 / 8:21 pm

    Looks to me as if you’ve just created the bedside table of your dreams Katy… Really like it and so simple. Just hope Otto doesn’t decide to ‘mark his territory’ on one of the legs…

  4. 3rd September 2014 / 2:30 pm

    Love this so much Katy! And thanks for pooling all the best images, so much inspiration for my table upcycling project!

  5. Emily
    29th August 2016 / 11:37 am

    This is such a gorgeous idea. Simple and chic. Could you tell me which F&B colour you used? It’s perfect!

    • Katy
      29th August 2016 / 11:48 am

      It’s Teresa’s Green X

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