Thursday, April 4, 2013

[Crafty Lady] Children's Table Ikea Hack





First off, my apologies to those of you who follow me on Instagram (ehayes1183) and saw my #ikeahack posts last month.  I promised a follow up post and I'm super late on it.  



The real reason I haven't gotten to it is that chair on the left still needs to get poly'd, so I've been patiently waiting a warm sunny day so I can do it outside.  Let's go spring!



Anyway, here we go!  I wanted to get Ashlynn a child sized table and chairs.  Right now it's filling a blank patch of wall between her crib and reading nook, but it'll most likely end up downstairs in her playroom when she's old enough to use for coloring, arts and crafts, and imaginary play like 'house' and 'school'.  I love the selection at Pottery Barn Kids, of course, but don't love their price tags.  I searched around, even checking craigslist for a few weeks, and decided I'd go with Ikea.  They have a pretty decent selection of tables and chairs, like the Latt which comes with a table and two chairs for $19.99.  

I ended up mixing and matching my products.  I grabbed the Kritter table, it was shorter in length and had rounded corners, and the Sundvik chairs.  The Kritter chairs were a little too childish and I preferred the shape of the Sundvik version.

I bought everything in white and got to town when we got home.  I searched Pinterest to get some ideas flowing and landed with these three favorites.  




Check out my some other great hacks on my Child's Play pinboard!


I decided to paint the legs and support frame of the table Stonington Gray (Benjamin Moore).  We have a growing selection of paint samples so I thought I'd put them to good use.  I love this color, but so far we decided we won't be using it in the house - yet.  It's a soft cement gray with a tad more blue undertone than taupe when compared to the Revere Pewter we used in the Family Room.


I wanted to go bold with the chairs and since Ashlynn's room accents are still yellow and coral (since we swapped the room color from slate to seafoam) I chose SW Ardent Coral and did some stripes on the chair with the original white and accent of BM Stonington Gray.

To paint the table legs and chairs, I used a small foam roller and did LOTS of coats.  My biggest mistake was using latex paint.  I would have been better off with spray paint or even craft store acrylic, but hindsight is 20/20.  I probably did 3-4 coats on each piece, which took forever since I had to let front dry before doing the back and then also trying to get coverage in all the nooks and crannies on the chair legs.  Next time, I'll do this project in the summer, not February, so I can spray it all outside in a day or two's time. 


To paint the stripes, I used Frog Tape, and first taped up my coral stripes.  I made sure to remove the tape before the paint was dry so I wouldn't get any peeling.  After it was nice and dry, I taped again the skinny lines for the gray (which looks like silver) and did a quick two coats with a craft paint brush and, again, peeled off the tape before it was dry.


Next came the polyurethane.  I wanted to protect the chairs and table as I know they are going to banged up easily.  And since I used latex paint, it doesn't take much for it to scratch.  I did three coats of poly with a paint brush, letting the pieces dry between coats. And then put the table and chair together (still have one chair left). 


Overall, I love them, hard, and think they turned out great!  We even used a chair for a prop during Ashlynn's 1 Year photos.  I hope Ashlynn has years of fun playing at her little table with friends and siblings.


Have you hacked any ikea purchases? I'm itching to do something else!




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13 comments:

  1. Oh man I love the hack! Must. Do. This. Oh and ps I should have ready your comment eight hours earlier about saving party decor. Sigh. Live and learn. I did keep some things but I agree I have no idea how bloggers change up their home decor every season. Crazy!!!

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    1. Thanks Natalie! And if you sell it, that's great... but just in case you have pieces left over, you could make a super cute garland with the dots! The people who change their Christmas trees really get me. Like 'hey, this year, let's just do neon.. or ombre, or gold" like where do all the old ornaments go? And the $ of buying new every year, my husband would kill me hahaha!

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  2. Cute!!! This turned out really awesome, thank goodness for IKEA, right? I am in love with that coral colour you chose, great job!

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    1. I searched so many different shades of coral, but this one seemed to be pretty popular on pinterest and was just the right shade. It actually photographed a little deeper than it is, it's not quite as pink in real life.

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  3. This looks amazing! I love the colors, and it will be perfect for future tea parties. :)

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  4. Obsessed with the color of chairs! Great work, lady!

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    1. Thanks! I've been trying to comment on your bang post, but the comment form isn't coming up. I can't believe CeCe had a non-haircut haircut!! Looks so cute!

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  5. This looks great!!! I can't wait to do one of my own! Thanks for the inspiration, Crafty Lady!

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  6. I absolutely love how you upgraded this look! I am definitely going to have to recreate!

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  7. Oh my gosh. I LOVE them!!! It turned out amazing!!! (and p.s. why am I not following you on instagram? Fixing that right now!)

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  8. This is so cool! I went out and bought the Latt set after reading this! Thanks!

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    1. That's great! Ikea really has such great basic (and cheap) products that are blank canvases. Possibilities are endless!

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