Ikea LATT table/chairs hack: Enjoyer of Grace

Weiya is the blog author at Enjoyer of Grace. She’s also enjoys DIY-ing on a budget.  Her little guy needed a table just his size. She chose the Ikea LATT table which she found in the clearance section for just $15!  Since it was originally used as the floor display, it wasn’t in the best condition.  The wood was chipped in many areas and the table top had a few scratches.  However, it was still sturdy and had no major defects.  

before:

Weiya took advantage of nap times to give the LATT set a little character.

Materials:
  • 3M sanding sponge (medium)
  • Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 primer/sealer (I used this because I already
    had it, however, next time I would choose regular primer paint instead
    of spray paint to avoid the splotches.)
  • Olympic 8 oz. sample interior ultra white
  • Miniwax 64444 semi gloss polycrylic protective finishes, 1/2 pint
  • 2 paintbrushes + 2 plastic trays
  • drop cloth
  • dust protection mask
  • about a yard of fabric (preferably outdoor fabric for easy cleaning)
  • 10 round craft mirrors (can be found at Michaels or Hobby Lobby)
  • Elmer’s spray adhesive
  • small flat blade
  • painter’s tape
  • 2-3 sheets of newspaper
First, sand down the table and chairs over the drop cloth.  (Make sure you wear a protection mask unless you want to be breathing in all that dust!)  This will ensure that your paint goes on smoothly when applied.  Weiya used a piece of dry cloth to thoroughly remove any leftover sand dust.
Next, she taped down newspapers over the table top and seat tops with painter’s tape since she wasn’t going to be painting on those parts.

After the pieces were ready to go, she carefully primed each piece and let it dry for an hour.  

She then started applying the “ultra” white paint. 3 coats for the desired look and then waited an hour for it to dry.

Last, she applied 2 coats of the polycrylic to seal and protect the paint.
Next she took apart the chairs with a screwdriver provided by IKEA.  (It’s probably better to paint the parts separately, because the paint started tearing a little as she pulled apart the pieces.)
Slide off the seat cover and spray it with the spray adhesive.  Lay it facing down on the fabric and cut around it.
 
This last part of sliding the fabric covered seat back on was the most frustrating part of the whole process.  Here was the result:

She had some left over craft mirrors from a previous project and decided to use them for a little extra character 🙂

 

Isn’t it cute?  So much better than just plain beat up wood!  See more DIY from Weiya at Enjoyer of Grace.





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