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Ikea Hack: Latt Children’s Table Set!

Table 3

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.

Materials List:

* 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

* Benjamin Moore’s Seacliff Heights Paint

* 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

Directions:

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.

Happy Crafting!

-Jenelle

Table 4

Table 2

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:

Bicycles Hack Table

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23 thoughts on “Ikea Hack: Latt Children’s Table Set!

  1. Saw this on pintrest while I was looking for the perfect hack idea, thanks for your instructions! Going to give this a whirl when my set arrives 🙂

    1. It is hard to get the acrylic cut exactly to fit the table since the table isn’t made completely straight. On our table the acrylic is short about 2mm towards the end on one side. It’s not really noticeable or annoying though. Liquid can get through but I just make sure Auburn is eating on the opposite side. There is no need to tack either the acrylic or the paper down. It’s also fun to change out the paper for the holidays so no tacking needed!

  2. I’m in the process of doing this (using the Heroines and Villainesses wrapping paper). Excited to see how it turns out!

  3. Reblogged this on milkandmascara and commented:

    Throwback Thursday! Jenelle’s awesome Ikea Hack has inspired many over the last year (it is our most popular post!). This fun project is particularly timely right now: school is out soon so why not create a fun space for your little one to do art projects, read books, snack or simply enjoy a ‘just my size’ spot?! Helping to paint or assemble can make them feel like they made it too. And something new in the house can go a long way during the summer months of tapered-off activities.

    Thanks again for your crafting guide, Jenelle!
    -Amy

  4. Question – how did you cut the small notches out of the corners? I am excited Lowe’s will cut this down for me but concerned I won’t be able to trim the corners. Thanks!

  5. Can you explain cutting the squares out of the corners of the acrylic sheet? Do you cut it to match the table top that comes with the table exactly?

  6. This is BEAUTIFUL. I love it. I’m going to try to make one for my son. Just curious… if you want to change out the papers, do you have to do a new acrylic sheet each time? Or does it go back down easily? Thanks in advance for sharing!

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