Auburn is at the age where she is obsessed with furniture that is her size. Every time she sees a child’s chair she runs to it, examines it and then gets in and out of it for the next 20 minutes. I originally wanted to make a table for her out of pallets (I blame Pinterest). The reasonable part of my brain told me it was too complex a project for my very impatient self.
I’ve been infatuated with Ikea hacks. (Again, I blame Pinterest). I love the idea of taking something that is inexpensive and whipping it into a one-of-a-kind piece that becomes sentimental and unique. Adding a decorative spin to furniture is also much easier than building it from scratch. And, at $19.99, the Ikea Latt Table is affordable enough that I could mess up a couple of times and not feel too bad about it!
Originally I planned on using the decorative paper for the seat of the chairs and painting the table top with chalkboard paint. I did do a coat of chalkboard paint on the tabletop but it didn’t adhere well. I was frustrated because I followed the directions to a T! So I used the decorative floral paper to cover it and I’m really glad I did. It’s too pretty to cover up and now I get to see it more since I used it on the tabletop instead of the seats of the chairs. My change-of-direction design also worked out well because the acrylic sheet is very easy to clean, I can switch out the decorative paper underneath, or I can showcase some of Auburn’s artwork.
For the seat of the chairs I decided to paint stripes. I used painter’s tape to create my lines. Here’s a tip: be meticulous in making sure the painter’s tape is securely adhered to the surface before painting. I wasn’t and had to go over the stripes freehand to clean it up.
This project can be really inexpensive, especially if you have paint and other materials left over from another project like I did. I’m very pleased with the finished product and, as you can tell by the picture below, my little customer is totally satisfied too.
* Ikea Latt Children’s Table and Chair Set for $19.99
* Drop Cloth or old sheet
* Painter’s Tape
* 2 sets of the Tiny Trim-It Roller Tray Set (found at Home Depot) for $1.97 each
* Papersource Mint Floral Wrapping Paper for $5.95
* 2 inch Paint Brush (if painting stripes on chairs)
* 18 x 24 Acrylic sheet at .080 thickness available at Lowe’s for $9.78
* Minwax Waterbased Polycrylic Protective Finish in Clear Satin, $8.98 for 8 oz. can
1. This project is easiest to do when the parts are unassembled. I took out all the pieces from the box and prepped them for paint by wiping them down. I didn’t find it necessary to sand down the pieces beforehand. Some Ikea Hacks do recommend it however.
2. Next I used the Trim-It Foam Roller to paint all the wood pieces with my Benjamin Moore Seacliff Heights paint. Using the roller makes it so easy and fast!! Wait for the paint to dry for a few hours and then apply a second coat.
3. If you want to paint stripes on the seat of the chairs it is easiest to do when the chair is unassembled. Use blue painter’s tape on the seats (I just eyeballed the straightness and space between) and then paint between the lines. After letting it dry, very carefully pull the painter’s tape off, revealing the lines. This is easiest to do with spray paint but I wanted the stripes to match the rest of the set.
3. Leave the pieces to dry overnight. Then use your second Trim-It Foam Roller and Tray Set to apply the Polycrylic Protective Finish to the painted pieces. This protective finish makes the set more durable and resistant to scuffs, nicks and scratches. Wait 2 hours for the first coat to dry then reapply. Make sure to wash your rollers and set to dry in between paintings for next use.
4. After the pieces have completely dried it’s time to assemble! Completely assemble the chairs and table.
5. Cut the decorative paper that you will use for the tabletop to 23 3/8″ by 17 3/8″. I used the Mint Floral Wrapping Paper from Papersource. The Latt table is built so that the tabletop is held in place by grooves within the side panels. This makes the table top about a little more than 1/8″ lower than the side panels. This is perfect because the decorative paper and the acrylic sheet then ‘fit into’ the table.
6. I bought a 18 x 24 acrylic sheet at Lowe’s and had them cut it down to 23 3/8″ by 17 3/8″. Lowe’s offers free cutting! Before placing the sheet on the tabletop you have to cut small squares out of the corners for a perfect fit.
UPDATE: Looking for a gender neutral or more masculine inspiration? The sky is the limit with your paper backdrops! Check out this sweet creation using Papersource Bicycles Wrapping Paper and painted with Behr Blue Gray Sky: