Australians are showing off their impressive renovation skills after a Kmart hack proves popular online.
Fluted pillar tables can cost upwards of $2,000 at designer stores, but savvy DIY enthusiasts are making their own versions for a fraction of the price using two $45 “ribbed” side tables from the discount retailer. .
One woman showed off her amazing results in a Facebook post, writing that the coffee table she had her eye on cost $1,000, but her own version was only $180.
After spending $90 on the Kmart side tables, Amy spent an additional $90 on other items needed for the Bunnings makeover – including chalk paint, clear coat as well as putty and screws.
For the table top, Amy repurposed an old wooden desk that she cut into shape.
“The coffee table I wanted was $1,000 so I decided to make one,” she wrote to the Kmart hacks & decor group.
“Little stuff along the way but we finally got there. I was going to paint the background white but decided to leave some wood as I had never seen one with both tones before.
Amy’s post quickly caught the eye, with many declaring it to be “amazing”, “smart” and “stunning”.
“Wow, that’s awesome,” one said.
“Sounds fabulous. Well done,” added another.
One person added, “That’s great! Well done.”
Previously, a student from Perth shared how she made a fluted pillar coffee table after being “inspired” by the side table hack on social media.
Lyla revealed that she bought a used $20 coffee table from Facebook Marketplace which she then sanded and whitewashed.
Next, she replaced the legs with two of Kmart’s $45 ribbed side tables, which cost her a total of $115 to complete the transformation.
The interior design student said a similar version was advertised for $2,000 which she called “ridiculous” and her motivation to make one herself.
The results were so impressive, with many saying it looked “beautiful”.
As a result, Lyla decided to sell the table, whipping it for $300.
She is now trying to create something different for the space, getting ideas from items that are in stores, but without paying the exorbitant prices.