Saturday, May 28, 2011

Ikea Goes Glam

Ladies and gents, I give you a rather sexy coffee table:


She came from humble Swedish beginnings:
Ikea Lack Coffee Table - $20

I didn't have room in my living room budget for a "proper" coffee table, but after trawling Ikea Hackers, I was inspired (especially by this similar Lack hack). I shelled out twenty big ones for an Ikea Lack and set to work giving her a face lift. Here's how...

You will need:


1. Spray
If you're buying a new Lack, this is much easier to do before you assemble it. Make sure your table is clean and dry. Spray adhesive all over the top and lay your paper smoothly over. This can be tricky, but if you have someone to help, one can spray and the other can lay. Use a paint roller or a credit card to smooth out air bubbles.
If your paper doesn't cover the whole table, you can still make this work by laying two pieces side-by-side and lining up the seams, like I did.
{Side note: On my first attempt, I used ModPodge to attach the paper to the table. Do not, for the love of God, do this. It dries too fast and creases and you'll be left peeling ruined paper off a very sticky table.}

2. Fold and repeat
Once the top is glued down smoothly, fold the paper along the edges, spray and press it down around the sides. Remove the table legs if you need to, tuck the paper underneath the table top and glue in place there too.
Reattach the legs if necessary.

3. The bottom shelf
Using a craft knife, I measured and cut strips of paper to fit the edges of the bottom shelf too. To attach these, the ModPodge worked just fine, and was neater than using the spray adhesive. It's subtle and hard to see in the photo, but I assure you it's pretty in real life. Give it at least a couple of hours to dry before moving to the next step.

4. Seal it
Use a paint brush to apply an even coat of ModPodge over all the wallpaper. Let it dry then give it another coat or two. When it's all had time to dry completely, use spray Shellac to seal it.
All this might seem like overkill, but since we have a toddler and I am almost certain things will get spilled on it, I didn't want to take any chances. As it is, I can wipe it clean no problem.

5. Add the trim
This final step was definitely a labor of love for me. I love the look of nail head trim, so I figured it would be the perfect finishing touch. I went to four hardware stores and three hobby stores and couldn't find it anywhere. Bah. Finally, in JoAnns, I found two boxes of  individual decorative nails. I was well aware that it could all go Pete Tong (wrong) if I tried to nail each one in myself, but I was impatient so I bought them anyway, and so began the long process of hammering every single nail in by hand.
Using a metal rule, I measured 13mm from the edge of the table to the center of the nail heads. It's not as hard as you'd think to get them straight and evenly spaced if you take the time to measure. And yes, I measured every single nail. Sounds completely tiresome, but I stuck Sarah's House on in the background and had some help from a little red headed fellow with a plastic hammer and it was actually quite fun.
I ran out of nails quite quickly and had to buy more - luckily, Amazon sells the exact same ones in a multi-pack. I ended up using I think 6 or 7 boxes of 36 nails.
Of course, if you just use a roll of nail head trim, this part would be a lot quicker (although it might not look quite as nice).
{The last nail goes in!}

6. Enjoy!


Cost break down (approximately)
Table - $20
Wallpaper - $0 (I'd already bought it for another project and only used a smidgen for this)
ModPodge - $10
Spray adhesive - $12
Shellac - $11
Decorative nails - $12
That brings the total cost to $65, but obviously I now have lots of supplies I can use again in the future.
It was a lot cheaper than the other options I was considering when I put together my living room design board...
Bungalow 5 Marco Side Table - $455 {although I'd need two of them, so make it $910}
Crestview Collection Mirrored Coffee Table - $639
...And it makes a nice addition to our living room, I think. :)



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34 comments:

  1. Love your blog. So cute! I went to Ikea for the first time a few months back. Oh my gosh I was in heaven...

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  2. You did a beautiful job on the table. And, you have a beautiful home...you're very talented when is comes to decorating! Lesa

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  3. What a beautiful little table; I love it!

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  4. Whoa! Your table is absolutely stunning! You have mad skills friend!

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  5. Oh my gosh that table looks beautiful!! GREAT work!

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  6. I love the table....the love shows through your table.

    Mercedes

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  7. this is GORGEOUS and so creative! Im going to try recreating something similar!

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  8. I am SO glad I found this on IKEA Hackers! We needed a new coffee table and I wanted something different, but all the ones I liked were more then we could afford. I had seen the LACK tables, but always thought they were too blah, I never thought to do this. AMAZING!! You just saved us a ton of money!

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  9. This is SUCH an adorable project, so inspired and creative! I featured it in the first DIY post I did on my decorating website, you're a real motivation!

    http://gildedlilypad.blogspot.com/2011/07/diy-love.html

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  10. Hi! I love your blog! I feel so inspired looking through your posts. I especially LOVE this table! Ikea tends to have awesome deals on good pieces of furniture, but to me everything always looks so plain (for lack of better words), but I adore how you put your own spin on this table and made it pop! Beautiful!
    http://atouchofashley.blogspot.com/

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  11. VERY sexy indeed! It is fabulous. I am so glad that you took the time to hammer in each and every decorative nail! Totally worth it. Popping over from Better After. :)

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  12. I know I'm a little late to this party but this is fabulous! I have a white bathroom cabinet that needs a face life and you have just given me a whole new inspirational view!

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  13. I really like the table - great work! - but I'm so in love with the tray, resource, please??

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    1. The tray was from West Elm but I'm almost certain it's not available anymore - I went back a week after I bought it and they were almost all gone (and that was last May). :(

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  14. Ficou muito bonita, você é muito criativa!
    Parabéns!!

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  15. Do you think the protective coating would be enough to use on a kitchen table? No children in this house, but I am messy myself. Do you think that the Modpadge and Shellac would be enough? Great idea!

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    1. We actually eat on this table on occasion, and the coating does make it wipe-able. If it gets too wet for too long (e.g. if a wet glass was sitting directly on the surface), it might leave a mark because ModPodge and Shellac are both water-soluble.
      One thing I will say - the paper on our table does have a couple of small dings in it now (from our toddler whacking it with metal trains), so it's not bomb-proof by any means. I'm assuming you'd probably be more careful though, so it should work!

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  16. I love this. I might try it on the Lack side table, with the nails going down the legs like the photo of the white table you included.

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  17. Love what you did! Can anyone tell me what Lack is made of?

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    1. Thanks. I think it's mainly particle board with a plastic veneer.

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  18. Hi! I pinned this on Pinterest, posted on fb, and featured at Creative DIYers Club. Please feel free to grab the feature button :)

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  19. I love, love, love this table. I'm totally new to the DIY thing, but this table has inspired me!

    One question though: how do you get the wallpaper smooth over the corners of the table? I can see in the pic that you've cut the corner of the wallpaper off, but i'm still not sure.

    Any help you could give me would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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    1. Hi! Because the wallpaper was so thick, the best way I found was to actually fold each side down then trim it straight along the edge, so the paper doesn't overlap. I hope that makes sense!

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  20. Hi Lizzie,

    Thank you - it does! I kept imaginging it would have a big lump on one side otherwise.

    Really love your blog, and have been checking back for more inspiration :)

    Thanks for the help!

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  21. This is a fantastic makeover - looks so professional!

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  22. OMG, I love your home, it all really comes together

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  23. We saw this table retweeted on Twitter and thought it was wonderful. Just had to tell you ourselves. Keep up the creativity :)

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  24. I re-did a Lack coffee table but was unable to get the nail heads hammered in. Perhaps my many layers of glue and varnish made it too tough. Your table is beautiful!

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  25. Ahh! I can barely stand how cute this table is! I love it! I love Ikea, I love "frugal" things, and I love finding new ways to customize everyday "cheap" items to make them awesome! I loved it so much, I shared it on my site, I write a frugal blog/couponing website, and I have a feature called the Frugal Pin of the Day where I find awesome frugal projects on Pinterest and share them, and today I picked yours to feature. Here's a link to the post http://anexerciseinfrugality.com/2012/09/frugal-pin-of-the-day-16.html Thanks for the awesome tutorial! :)

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  26. I have a question about the project, how did you do the corners of the table with the wallpaper? If you could get back to me I would greatly appreciate it! :)

    Thanks,
    Bonnie

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    1. Hi Bonnie,
      Sorry for the delayed response! I think for the corners I cut both edges in line with the sides of the table and folded them down, so there was no overlapping. You do have to be quite precise to get a nice neat seam, but the wallpaper is thick so it worked better that way than folding angled edges and overlapping. I'm not sure whether that makes sense but hopefully it helps!
      Lizzie

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  27. Thank you Lizzie! You truly saved me on this one! I milk painted an old 70s cabinet last year for lack of funds for a new one. I painted my little tiny living room and then bought new cheap Ikea curtains and more material to make throw pillows. It's been slow due to cancer recovery and Fibromyalgia and lack of paying hours and medical bills, but I have wanted a coffee table in there SO BADLY lately and you saved me! Just want to be able to come home from work and have somewhere to set my tea cup is a little dream of mine. (if I put it on the floor, my little Chihuahua drinks it!)I cannot wait to pick this up at Ikea tomorrow on my day off! I have the wallpaper already that I used for the back panel of the cabinet. I will take more pix send them to you if you are interested when I am finished-you are a design blog Angel thanks again! You rock!

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  28. Hi Lizzie
    I was in Amazon looking at the nails, most of the nails are upholstery nails can I use them?

    Cortnie

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