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Ideas Needed: Upcycle Ikea Lack Coffee Table

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CrispyCrochet Mon 27-Jan-14 21:01:37

I have this coffee table. (Ikea Lack Birch Effect). My lounge is a hodgepodge of random furniture & nothing matches. My goal over the next year is to try and get a cohesive look in the room. no idea how My TV stand is another Ikea Lack piece (the corner TV bench) but it is black. So I wanted to make the coffee table match the tv stand.

So for £23 I could buy a black coffee table... (luckily there is an ikea in my town).

Or I'd like a relatively simple project to upcycle it. I hate the word upcycle

I was thinking of buying some washi tape (£1.69 on ebay) in various black & white colours and striping them over the table (you've probably seen this on pinterest if you are on there). I don't know how much table I would need and I'm also not sure about the longevity of a table covered with washi tape.

I also thought maybe I could decoupage the table with newspaper?

Or maybe paint it with chalk board paint?


TheDrugsWorkABitTooWellThanks Mon 27-Jan-14 21:04:16

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CrispyCrochet Mon 27-Jan-14 21:13:20

Haha. Well I like that suggestion TheDrugsWork. I have a 7wo so if the lack tables last that long I will eventually have a child who plays on them... sorta why I was thinking the chalkboard paint might be good - I could doodle on it for now and then when DS is old enough he can scribble on it...

Loopylala7 Sun 09-Feb-14 01:33:47

Join Pinterest, they have some amazing ideas, always good for a bit of inspiration

ScentedScandal Sun 09-Feb-14 01:51:44

There are sites that have things to customise Ikea furniture: Mykea and another one which does fretwork you can put onto it. I really like the fretwork but it's in America so extra on postage.

Maybe you could tile the top? <mad idea probably, sorryblush>

MrsCakesPremonition Sun 09-Feb-14 01:56:01

Be very, very careful about doing anything that might lead a toddler to think that writing on furniture is a Good Idea.

LyndaCartersBigPants Sun 09-Feb-14 02:00:36

Agree MrsCakes! I'm decoupaging my lack tables with wrapping paper in various prints, then varnishing with clear gloss to protect. May jot last for ages, but I'm hoping I'll want a change of pattern by the time it wears out.

LyndaCartersBigPants Sun 09-Feb-14 02:00:50

*May not

YesIcan Sun 09-Feb-14 21:50:46

What cohesive look / theme have you in mind? Isn't hodgepodge a theme?

CrispyCrochet Mon 10-Feb-14 10:23:20

Thanks for the replies! I thought this thread was dead!

Scented - I'll def check out those websites. Thanks. I like the idea of tiling the top but I do want a cheap fix & tiles might be a bit more than I'm willing to pay!

MrsCakes & Lynda you are probably right - don't want to encourage a small child to write on furniture! Although I know the Anne Sloan chalk paint is meant to just be good as it requires no prep - so could use it anyway. Also Lynda I had thought about decoupaging the table! I bought some washi tape & thought I'd cover the table in that but it was going to be pretty expensive.

YesICan I don't know what look I'm going for. I think I just need to make a few changes to try & tie my random pieces together. I'm just rubbish at this sort of thing. I'd love to open up the next home catalogue to the lounge section & just go "All of it please!" And completely redo my lounge... Maybe if I win the lottery!

Artandco Mon 10-Feb-14 10:26:53

Paint with black magnetic paint. Free toy in 6 months time onwards for those letter magnet things etc

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