Thursday, March 6, 2014
[Crafty Lady] Another Children's Table Ikea Hack
It's March, so apparently it's kiddie table paintin' time! Last year around this time, I gave fresh life to the Ikea Kritter table and Sundvik chairs for Ashlynn's room. Many times I wanted to bring them down to the playroom where we spend most of our day, but I just love how they complete her room and I don't leave a strange awkward space between the chair and her crib.
She does like to sit there and do puzzles while procrastinating before bed, so they do get daily use. Just not as much as they could.
We picked up the more affordable Latt Table during our New Year's Ikea run, you know my birthday trip treat - the glamorous life of a 31 year old mother of two. And naturally, in the mudroom, boxed up, it sat for nearly two months. I just couldn't figure out what I wanted to do with it. I had thought a lot about painting it in some coordinating way so it could easily mix and match with set we already have. For the handful of times I might actually use them together - birthday parties and play dates which aren't a frequent occurrence - especially those birthdays, ha.
I also wanted it to fit in seamlessly with furniture and items we already have in the playroom, since my goal is finally decorate the room with a little more purpose than just a bunch of Fisher Price products lining the perimeter. And as much as I initially wanted to dip dye it, I'm slowly getting over that trend.
Since we have a black/brown expedit in the room, I thought we'd stain the table to match. The Husband did this one afternoon that wasn't below freezing outside. He used an ebony stain and it matches the bookcase perfectly. I decided to leave the table top clear for now, but am toying with the idea of adding a vinyl decal.
The chairs I painted the same color as Ashlynn's room table's legs, Stonington Gray. One, so they'd be neutral, and two, so they'd be able swap to her table and not look too out of place. Once they were painted, I so badly wanted to use the same coral paint. I thought I'd paint the inside of the back rest or stencil a design on the seat or use it to color block.
Instead I rummaged through my scrap fabric bin and found a floral print that matches the gray in the chair and blue in her little KidKraft kitchen perfectly. Not too mention, it has a retro vibe that goes great with her little throw back kitchen.
I stretched the fabric around the seat and slide it through the grooves. It was a little tight, but that helped keep the fabric taut. I have experienced a little movement and loosening from Ashlynn scooting to get herself situated when seated. However, I'm still not 100% this is the final version. I wanted to avoid the spray adhesive or coating of modpodge, but I would have placed either adhesive between the chair and fabric. Right now, I like that I can swap the fabric if I want or paint the chair bottom if I think of some design brillant enough. I also am concerned that the fabric isn't wipeable, I'll need to replace it at some point either from markers, peanut butter and jelly, or smashed in playdoh accidents.
After that, I still thought they were missing something so I grabbed our frog tape and taped some stripes off on the back rest.
Another step we haven't taken is the polyurethane. Because of this, we already have some scuffs from the black table to the gray chairs. We'll definitely get a coat on the table as soon as the weather warms up enough to do it.
When I finished getting the chairs together, I let Ashlynn find the set after her nap in the middle of the playroom. She was so excited to serve up
lunch toast to Annie and play and play and play.